Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon

Ever since my trip to Paris last year (read here), I’ve become a tea time lover.  Every afternoon at around 3 pm, I take a break from the day’s activities and have tea with something sweet.  Yesterday was a dreary and wet day in New York City and I wasn’t going to let the weather dampen my mood.  So I put on my Hunter boots to brave the sideways rain and went to afternoon tea with my sister at Lady Mendl’s at the Inn at Irving Place.  I absolutely love the corner of 17th street and Irving Place.  The brownstones are so cute and charming it gives you an idea of what New York used to be like back in the day.  The Inn at Irving Place is a brownstone that dates back to 1834 and the setting couldn’t be more perfect for an old English past time of afternoon tea.

The host let us pick our seats and I pounced at the couches in front of the fire place.  Another thing I love in New York City are fireplaces in old brownstones.  We were given a huge pot of tea of our choice and 5 courses consisting of tea sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and desserts.  I have been to several afternoon teas in the city and this was by far the best one in terms of ambiance and taste of the food.  Our host and waiter was spot on with the service.  He knew exactly when to refill my cup of tea and when to take the dishes away.  By the time the last course came which were cookies and chocolate covered strawberries we were both stuffed.  Afternoon tea in a cute brownstone definitely banishes seasonal blues.