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Inn at Irving Place, 56 Irving Pl., nr. E. 17th St. (Gramercy)
New York, NY
(1) 212-533-4466 | www.innatirving.com
HOURSSeatings: Mon., Tue., Thurs.: 3:00pm, 5:00pm; Wed., Fri.: 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm
BEST FORAfternoon tea
PRICE (FIVE-COURSE AFTERNOON TEA)USD 40
FAMOUS PLATESTea sandwiches; scones
DRINKS AND WINEA wide variety of tea selections; champagne; wine
# OF SEATS55
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY3rd Ave. (L); 14th St.-Union Sq. (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R)
Lady Mendl’s is mature, slightly whimsical, and charmingly old fashioned in both décor and decorum. It’s best known for its wedding shower and baby shower private events, where guests are served a lavish afternoon tea in one of a number of Victorian-styed private rooms, but there’s a small, well-appointed public tea salon, too. Either way, guests enjoy a five-course high tea (complete with finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with clotted cream, and, of course, a choice of freshly brewed teas) surrounded by elegant architecture and dainty period antiques.
Shower goers, mothers and daughters, and groups of girlfriends.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Look the part with pastels and jewels to match, like a pretty, pink knee-length dress with an elegant string of pearls and cute ballet flats.
GO HERE WITH
The girls - for a dainty snack hour; your beau - for the romance (if he can take it, ours probably couldn’t); your mother - for a gab-and-bond session over scones
WHY WE LIKE IT
There is nothing like Victorian décor to evoke some old fashioned romance. It’s impossible not to be seduced by the exquisite surrounds.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The food is fine, and perfectly fits the setting, but it is not truly a “wow!” culinary experience.
GOOD TO KNOW
To keep the mood, cell phones are strictly forbidden. Weekend seatings are (naturally) the most popular and fill up fast, so book ahead. Lady Mendl’s is located in a lovely 1834 brownstone, which, since 1994, has served as the Inn at Irving Place. This is a traditional afternoon tea, which means it is more like a full meal–come hungry!
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