May 2, 2014 by Diniquette
One of my favorite things to do in NYC is go for Afternoon Tea; and because it’s NYC, there are a million different ways to enjoy it:
*If you want fancy schmancy tea then you need to go to the St. Regis. There is something about a live harp player and white glove service. (added bonus: you’re 10 steps away from the King Cole Bar: which is the best bar in all of NYC).
*If you want easy breezy then you need to go to Alice’s Tea cup. Their food is fantastic PLUS you can have it all day long not just from 3:30 -5:30. (added bonus, you don’t need to dress up AT ALL….i.e. it’s a good hangover cure).
Even though we all call it “afternoon tea”, there are actually 4 different types of tea dining:
*Afternoon Tea: the quintessential British tradition is a light meal served during the mid-afternoon hours consisting of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course, cakes.
*High Tea: gets its name from the high tables it was originally served upon to the working class at the conclusion of a very long workday. This meal is more closely related to supper than afternoon tea, consisting of heavier, hot and savory dishes such as meat pies or fish with sides of vegetables and breads.
*Cream Tea: focuses only on tea and scones with clotted cream and jam. Less formal, less expensive and faster than the 3 course traditional afternoon tea.
*Elevenses: this late morning snack gets its name from the time it is usually enjoyed; around 11am. Typically, it consists of a cup of tea accompanied by a piece of cake or a few biscuits.
So the next time you’re having a DOWNTON ABBEY moment, why not enjoy it with a little tea.
Thanks for reading.
Have a great weekend.