I grew up in Malaysia, a small Southeast Asian country that calls Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia its neighbors. It’s a relatively young country, achieving independence only in 1957. It was colonized by the Portuguese, the Dutch and then the British, with British rule being the longest. You might be wondering where this is going. This little history lesson is, quite simply, my roundabout way of justifying my penchant for afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea is still a common practice in Malaysia thanks to its colonizers, and many hotels and restaurants offer their take on it. Some keep with the original British traditions and serve scones and sandwiches on tiered plates. Others offer creative variations that incorporate more of the local cuisine. Here in New York City, there are also a number of places to partake in afternoon tea. While you can certainly find impressive spreads at the Ritz Carlton, the Plaza or the Mandarin Oriental, it can sometimes feel a little stuffy under the weight of all that tweed. So I’ve picked out a few places that offer a more informal, fun experience. Just in case you decide to throw your very own Mad Hatter Tea Party.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon