Update: The Lowell discontinued afternoon tea service in 2020.
Where: Upper East Side, NYC Style: Elegant Traditional Tea Selection: 18 loose leaf teas by Dammann Frères Teatimes: Daily 2-6 Reservations: Highly suggested Contact: 212-838-1400 Cost:$55 The Classic Pembroke Tea Destination Tea Tips: For a cozy afternoon tea, request a corner table, and bring tip money for the coat check. To reach the Pembroke Room, you will take a lobby elevator upstairs.
Destination Tea Notes: As you arrive for afternoon tea at The Lowell, you feel yourself a true New Yorker, imagining you’ve just finished shopping at the high end fashion houses around the corner on Madison Avenue, and afterwards might pop over to Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany’s before strolling through Central Park. Built in 1927 and renovated for its 90th birthday, The Lowell breathes refinement and class without being uptight. The staff is inviting and solicitous and the tea selection from France’s Dammann Frères is a rare treat in an American tearoom. We were surprised at the few missteps in the meal, which, based on others’ glowing reviews, seems uncharacteristic of The Lowell. However, all told, we enjoyed making a holiday family memory and luxuriating in the charming Pembroke Room.