Where: Rockville Centre, New York Style: French restaurant Tea Selection: 50+ loose leaf teas by Simpson & Vail and Harney & Sons Teatimes: Daily, 9 to 5 Reservations: Reservations recommended, especially Friday to Sunday Contact: 516-208-8521 Cost: $27 Afternoon Tea; $17 Child’s Tea Destination Tea Tips: Guests can choose afternoon tea and/or a combination of items from Chat Noir’s full breakfast and lunch menu. On-street metered parking is scarce around the restaurant, but there are two municipal parking lots (also paid) on Lincoln Road behind the restaurant and around the corner on South Park Avenue.
Destination Tea Notes: Afternoon tea is made from scratch at this neighborhood restaurant in Rockville Centre on Long Island. Open since 2009, the popular tearoom expanded into the space next door in 2015, a boon for we afternoon tea-goers. Throughout the week, Chat Noir now accommodates afternoon tea walk-ins in its main dining room while hosting bridal or baby shower tea parties in the private dining room. New owner Melissa Kelly credits Chat Noir’s loyal customers with the restaurant’s continued success throughout the pandemic, during which high demand for takeout kept the business going. We can see what’s to love: kind service, scratchmade pastries and a long list of aromatic teas enjoyed in a charming setting, all for a very affordable price. Chat Noir is another great choice for mixed groups who may not all want the afternoon tea menu, as you will order off the full menu (which includes afternoon tea, breakfast and lunch), once seated.