Aside from the Spice Girls, the Bard, and the Harry trinity (Potter, Styles, and the Prince of Wales, of course) there is perhaps no better cultural British export than high tea. A leisurely afternoon meal of warm beverages, finger sandwiches, and petite pastries covered in lemon curd? I’m there, and I’m upping the ante with a glass of bubbly.
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Luckily for this New Yorker, restaurants and hotels in the Big Apple have embraced the concept wholeheartedly, with tea experiences specifically designed for children, true brew connoisseurs, and even themed events tied to the holidays or happenings in the area.
Whether you prefer a simple cup of oolong, or the whole shebang complete with champagne and truffles, there’s an afternoon tea for every type of traveler, and, as they say, a lid for every (tea)pot.