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Lady Mendls, New York, NY

Lady Mendls

4.9
4.9
838 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Lady Mendl's is an unconventionally chic tea salon housed within a Georgian brownstone in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. An opulent five-course tea is served in an eclectic and whimsical parlor by a doting staff. Patrons sip tea from hand culled vintage Wedgwood teacups as they nibble dainty finger sandwiches and house baked scones.
Starting March 1st $78 prix fixe tea served Thursday through Sunday.
***WE DO NOT OFFER VEGAN OR GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS.
CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE NOT PERMITTED.***

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Dessert

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-4600 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We do not offer catering services off premise. We not do have items from our tea menu available for pick up.

  • Private party facilities

    Located within The Inn at Irving Place, Lady Mendl's is housed in a Victorian style salon. Our private parties can accommodate up to 65 guests for a seated event and 75 guests for a cocktail party. In addition, our martini lounge, Cibar, is located on the ground floor and can also be used for private events or combined with the Lady Mendl's Salon. We are a beautiful location for destination weddings, bridal or baby showers, cocktail parties, and corporate events. Please complete an inquiry on our website for specific pricing.

  • Private party contact

    Kristine: (212) 533-4466

  • Neighborhood

    Union Square

  • Cross street

    Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place

  • Parking details

    http://nyc.bestparking.com/custom/index.php?addr=56%20Irving%20Place

  • Public transit

    Union Square Station. Upon exiting the station, walk to 17th street and make a right. We are one block to the East of Park Avenue South at 17th and Irving Place. Only a small plaque stating "Lady Mendl's" marks the entrance to our brownstone.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • "Polite Society" - An Improper Salon

    Multiple dates available
    Artists, dreamers, thinkers, drinkers- All are welcome. A saucy salon with performances by NYC's premiere burlesque performers and special surprise guests. Come enjoy this taste of Old New York with our exclusive evening of entertainment, delicious cocktails, & tapas style signature dishes.

What 838 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Best Ambiance

  • Manhattan

    Best Overall

  • Manhattan

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  1. AH

    AlexH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    No choice of filling in sandwiches,cakes very nice.but expensive for what you got.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely afternoon- food was delicious- tea was fabulous- perfect spot to catch up with a friend and feel special doing it!
  3. TS

    TamamiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Exterior was quite discreet, and interior was elegant and classy. Service was excellent as our main server was attentive. Food was very good! I particularly liked scones. Sandwiches offered a variety of flavors and tastes, and I enjoyed them all. Tea selection was good, but some times it was warm, not hot. All in all, my friend and I enjoyed the experience!
  4. KK

    KarsonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This was the perfect afternoon tea spot. The ambiance was incredible and each course paired so well with one of the tea selections! I would highly recommend booking Lady Mendl's for tea and staying as long as you need to enjoy each course! Also, it was so beautiful and the holiday decor matched the vibes and made for gorgeous pictures! :)
  5. l

    larchmonter

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Lady Mendls to celebrate my daughter's 30th birthday. It was so lovely! All of the tables are set with beautiful and unique china and tea cups. The food is delicious and so plentiful. You can get as much and whatever flavor tea throughout. The food included soup, a tier of sandwiches, scones, cake and petit fours. The staff was lovely, very attentive and made our stay so enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Lady Mendls!
  6. m

    meyerwoo

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea service was fantastic. Great selection of sandwiches, scones were wonderful, crepes delicious, petit fours also awesome. Very good selection of seemingly endless teas. Room setting was classic, service was fantastic.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A birthday tea for a granddaughter-beautiful ambiance, delicious food, and loved sampling the many tea selections! A lovely occasion!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely team and lovely meal. Will be going back.
  10. O

    Oggywoggy3

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem of a place—magical from the moment we set foot on the townhouse steps until we floated out again! The unlimited selection of tea was lovely, but the food is really the star—delicious seasonal ginger sandwiches, then delectable dainty scones, topped off with a prudent slice of crepe cake. We were pleasantly stuffed and very happy! Will definitely return!
  11. KS

    KimberlyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our afternoon at Lady Mendls was perfect! The selection, taste, presentation and service all were great. I especially loved the egg salad finger sandwiches! I'll definitely be back!
  12. SQ

    SuzQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The experience of dining in a tea restaurant of this caliber is why we return once every two years! The price paid includes 5 different flavored teas, that days special pumpkin soup, sandwiches, scones, and dessert. ...It is a great combination of delicious, dependable food and outstanding, friendly service to every customer! You are allowed to enjoy the table time for one and half to two hours depending on the amount of people at your table, which leaves enough time for photos in the lobby area!
  13. w

    wendyg

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an absolute joy. To be able to admire the beautiful building comfortably from the inside was a dream. Tea itself was delightful. The service was impeccable. So easy to imagine the Gilded Age. THANKYOU!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good and attentive service. Food was delicious and wide tea variety
  15. N

    Nola

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely. The food and drinks are delicious. The place is gorgeous. It was wonderful
  16. DD

    DeeDee

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My daughter and I really enjoyed tea here. The menu is prix fixe so you don't choose except for your drinks or tea. The food was very fresh and beautifully presented. The setting is absolutely beautiful. The staff very accommodating especially the woman who checked our coats. She was just so sweet and allowed us to see one of the rooms upstairs. I would definitely go back here.
  17. R

    nancyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea was a great success at Lady Mendl's. Outstanding service throughout the whole meal. The atmosphere and settings of assorted fine china patterns and seating are delightful. Background music was soothing and so enjoyable. Choices of tea and food great. Loved the apple squash soup and the finger sandwiches had a variety of tastes and textures. Scones were fresh and hot with wonderful curd/jam to accompany them. AH but that crepe cake dessert. Just what was needed at the end of the meal... something light but beautiful whip cream style filling. And the tea flowed throughout the whole meal.... staff very attentive to that. A wonderful experience for our new york visit.
  18. G

    Gammy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally enjoy every time I go, the service was excellent and extremely courteous Thank you
  19. SK

    SamanthaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect experience. Left extremely happy!
  20. DF

    DanielF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Carbo loaded low cost junk. Not worth it. Had to beg to have tea cup refilled. Give patrons their own tea pots for goodness sake. You leave with a sugar high so get ready to crash.
  21. R

    Ruth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service and staff is very accommodating.
  22. CW

    ChristyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a lovely experience, and we would love to return. The food, service and ambience was outstanding for our 1pm high tea experience. The 21 crepe cake is to die for!
  23. k

    kks16

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely afternoon tea at Lady Mendl's to celebrate my daughter's birthday. From the hostess to the servers everyone was very friendly. We started with a peach bellini. The five course tea that is served course by course and was delicious- from the apple,pumpkin soup, 6 different tea sandwiches on a tiered tray , 2 different scones with devonshire cream, lemon curd, and raspberry jam, Lady M crepe cake to the chocolate covered strawberries and lemon blondies and petit fours! We had a different tea with each course and each one was delicious! We were not rushed and we stayed for about 2 hours! I can't recommend it enough. They even put a candle on the cake for my daughter's birthday! It's expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
  24. LS

    LuisS

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place for a romantic date. Food and service was great. I will definitely will go back. The 21 layer crepe cake is outstanding.
  25. MW

    MsWhitt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    In every respect this felt like visiting a beautifully eclectic home of good taste, service and understanding of creating a lovely tea service. It’s always on my stop for showing out of Towners a bit of NYC elegance.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent afternoon tea service!
  27. l

    laos

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has amazing ambiance and will transport you entirely.
  28. CG

    CristinaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere has you completely transported, walking up the steps of the brownstone and stepping inside makes you feel as if you've found a secret garden that you will keep near to your heart. I will keep this experience near to my heart because every wall, chair, tea pot and scone feels intricately designed and made with care. Thank you for the experience!
  29. EW

    EvaW

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a most charming location, rooms have lovely ambiance, service is impeccable!!! The various severs couldn’t do enough. They are there without being intrusive and anticipated when you were ready for more tea or the next course. And, the food was absolutely delicious.
  30. S

    Selena

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my birthday it was an amazing experience and highly recommend it. My sister who might qualify for the position of pickiest eater alive loved all the courses! Of course we loved the ambiance and overall experience of Lady Mendl's afternoon tea and would recommend spending an enjoyable afternoon with fellow tea lovers in this establishment.
  31. a

    atteoj

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A total delight. So much food but utterly charming. Will be back again!
  32. OT

    OnileT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my mother’s birthday and Everything was perfect! Once we arrived we were greeted by a hostess who was so kind and welcoming and gave my mom a birthday blessing that added so much to the experience. The decor is perfectly eclectic and the music was a good addition to the atmosphere. All of the wait staff were attentive and friendly and the food and drinks were very delicious. Over all the experience was amazing 🤩
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my granddaughter’s birthday celebration. A friend of mine has highly recommend and I was so glad she did. Everything was so beautiful and it was one of the most elegant high tea that became a memorable birthday celebration!
  34. c

    cal14

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely step back in time Great hostess Great wait staff Delicious food
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Delicious food and tea and incredible ambiance
  36. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful ambiance for an intimate conversation with a friend.
  37. CB

    CarolB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very lovely, civilized upscale dining experience in a gorgeous set of Victorian rooms with superb staffing.
  38. B

    Brit

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots for afternoon tea in the city! The service, ambience and food is always amazing.
  39. DC

    DesignChick

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lady Mendl's is not what it used to be. The food is as good as it always was, as are the teas. However, they no longer put a pot of tea on the table. There is a pot of each tea that a server refills your cup from. The problem is, the servers are largely absent and too busy when they're present. We constantly had to ask for refills of our tea cup, as did all the other patrons. They brought our check when they brought out the last course, and very politely told us they needed the table when we didn't pay immediately. If there's a time limit on the table, the decent thing to do is to tell patrons up front what that time limit is. All in all, it wasn't a bad experience, but I'm not running back there any time soon.

    Lady MendlsResponded on August 13, 2022Hello, We began to offer tea pairings with each of our courses in order to encourage a more versatile tea experience, and removed teapots from our tables years ago. Open Table does state, reservations are limited to 90 minutes unless otherwise previously arranged. Our Salon is very intimate and we try hard to maintain an environment condusive to enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea experience. If you visit us during the week we are able to afford you a longer stay. Thank you for your feedback.

  40. LM

    LisetteM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fancy and peaceful ambiance. Loved it would definitely come back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Lady Mendls is rated 4.9 stars by 838 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Lady Mendls

56 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place

  • Neighborhood

    Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Dessert

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    http://nyc.bestparking.com/custom/index.php?addr=56%20Irving%20Place

  • Public transit

    Union Square Station. Upon exiting the station, walk to 17th street and make a right. We are one block to the East of Park Avenue South at 17th and Irving Place. Only a small plaque stating "Lady Mendl's" marks the entrance to our brownstone.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 533-4600 ext. 2

  • Catering

    We do not offer catering services off premise. We not do have items from our tea menu available for pick up.

  • Private party facilities

    Located within The Inn at Irving Place, Lady Mendl's is housed in a Victorian style salon. Our private parties can accommodate up to 65 guests for a seated event and 75 guests for a cocktail party. In addition, our martini lounge, Cibar, is located on the ground floor and can also be used for private events or combined with the Lady Mendl's Salon. We are a beautiful location for destination weddings, bridal or baby showers, cocktail parties, and corporate events. Please complete an inquiry on our website for specific pricing.

  • Private party contact

    Kristine: (212) 533-4466

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