Where: Brooklyn, New York Style: Hip-luxe industrial Tea Selection: 7 loose leaf teas Teatimes: Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 5 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome Contact: 718-362-8100 or reserve here Cost: $75 Holiday Tea; $65 High Tea Destination Tea Tip: On-the-street parking is free, and there is paid parking within walking distance of the hotel.
Destination Tea Notes: For the Freda Aunts’ first ever afternoon tea, we met at The Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. Angela’s wonderful aunts have been cheering on Destination Tea since the start, so this introduction to afternoon tea was well overdue. How would this British tradition go over with a gathering of Italian-American New Yorkers, themselves accomplished cooks, bakers and hostesses? Once again, Angela took the gamble of inviting afternoon tea newbies to a place she had not yet experienced herself, but happily, she chose well. The Williamsburg Hotel checks several of our afternoon tea preferences at Destination Tea: completely scratchmade, delicious menu; kind service; quality teas decanted before being served; and a beautiful setting. We love the salvaged materials used throughout this neighborhood boutique hotel opened in 2017. Flooring uses repurposed wood from a Kentucky tobacco warehouse, the bar front is made of antique frames, and the brick comes from a demolished building in Queens. To warm the industrial design elements, a sea of glass globes twinkle above the dining area and cherry red banquettes hug the walls. Bottom line, your cool factor goes up just walking through these doors.
Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets
The Cranberry Scone is baked perfectly, with a bit of white chocolate drizzle, served with preserves. For the aunts’ first afternoon tea, we would have liked the afternoon tea menu to include clotted cream so that they could experience it. Well, that just means we will have to meet for afternoon tea again!