Destination Tea: Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room

Where: Carmel, New York
Style:  British tearoom
Tea Selection:  95+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Wednesday to Saturday 11 to 5:30; Sunday 10 to 5:30
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome; Reservations encouraged
Contact: 845-225-8327
Cost: $41 Royal Tea; $32 Afternoon Tea; $14 Tea Sandwich Plate
Destination Tea Tips:  In warm months, take advantage of the tearoom’s patio, and be sure to leave time to peruse their gift shop or choose a tea to take home. The tearoom parking lot is behind the building, on Fowler Avenue, with stairs to enter, so for anyone with mobility issues, you may want to drop off at the front entrance or look for nearby on-street parking.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our New York afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY

Destination Tea Notes: Especially perceptive Destination Tea readers might have a theory that you can tell how much we love a tearoom by the number of pictures we take. Though this is not always the case, our recent visit to Florrie Kaye’s was such joy, we are like the proud explorers who can’t wait to show you what we discovered. Less than one hour north of New York City and just 20 minutes west of Connecticut, Florrie Kaye’s sits on a quiet main street in the Hudson Valley town of Carmel. This tearoom is one of the few afternoon tea venues where you can spontaneously pop in for an afternoon tea and/or a spot of lunch. Afternoon tea here is both authentic and creative, all made in house. After the meal, we find out why the scones here are excellent: owner Samantha Ramos’ mom is from South Africa, where she gets the curry for the tearoom’s coronation chicken salad, one of several family recipes at the tearoom, including a British scone recipe. With dozens of fragrant teas to try, you will likely decide frequent returns are a must. For the detail-oriented, this tearoom is full of special touches in the decor that will delight you, and for the very hungry, a full lunch menu of freshly made salads, sandwiches and British specialties awaits, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Taking tea at Florrie Kaye’s easily feels like a party, so it’s worth noting there is plenty of room here for larger groups, while the servers are both patient and competent. Tea friends in the area, add this tearoom to the top of your Destination Tea bucket list.

interior at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
A spacious dining room set with bright white tablecloths and antique chairs with embroidered seats, beneath lighting that mimics upturned parasols
miniature teapots at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
A miniature teapot collection
table set for afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
At the head of our long table, the seating is a tufted chaise lounge (which two of our youngest reviewers happily claim)
beautiful table setting at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Fresh flowers, potted plants and fir garlands complement the mint and dusky sage greens in the tearoom window treatments, upholstered chairs and cloth napkins.
teacup chandelier at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Yes! to adorning a modern chandelier with strings of pearls, baubles, teacups and teapot ornaments
pretty artwork at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY

Tea Service

teacup at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Beautiful teacups abound
teapots at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Part of the fun is seeing who gets the loveliest teapot (I’m partial to the one on the right). Each of us chooses a tea from a wondrously long tea list.
tea cocktail at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
The refreshing White Peach Cocktail is made with white peach matcha syrup, peach nectar & prosecco, served in a vintage purple glass

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

charcuterie board at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
One of our teen reviewers wanted to add on to her afternoon tea, and thankfully was very gracious about sharing, because when this Charcuterie Board arrived, there were immediately several other interested parties.
afternoon tea towers at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
The towers arrive, one per person
afternoon tea for one at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Afternoon tea for one – yes!
tea sandwiches at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Two each of the tasty dainty tea sandwiches include: Walnut Cream Cheese with Roasted Grapes; Watercress-Cucumber with Butter, and Turkey with Cranberry Mayo.
scones at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
Divine scones split open to reveal a perfectly soft inside, served with cream, jam and lemon curd
desserts at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
For dessert, macarons, fresh fruit, meringues, Nutella mousse cups, fruit parfaits, and chocolates with a variety of fillings (passionfruit, mango, cherry, raspberry or lemon) – each a delicious sweet bite.
check presented in books at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
We love the creativity from start to finish! Checks are presented inside books, like “The Jane Austen Handbook.”
gift shop at afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
A large gift shop for all ages
parking lot entrance to afternoon tea at Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in Carmel, NY
This way to deliciousness!
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