Lady Mendls

4.7
553 reviews
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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.

$59 pre fixe tea served Wednesday through Sunday, as well as holidays.

We do not have vegan or gluten free menu options available.

Children under 12 are not permitted.
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H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea is one of my favorite activities - ever - so I'm always on the look out for a great spot. To date, this is my favorite place in the city. Everything about my experience from decor, to service, to the food was on point. I can't wait to go back!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like I was transported to London with the queen. Fine teas and delicious finger sandwiches with the perfect scones. Can’t wait to rerjrn

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful way to celebrate 75 birthday for two good friends. definitely the perfect afternoon!

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V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A very elegant atmosphere however Lady Mendelssohn really needs to consider a healthier menu for its patrons. Although delicious individually , overall there was an overload of sugar, carbs and cream.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and relaxing atmosphere from the decor to the music. Incredible service. We loved every moment!

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AD
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really pretty and unique reataurant in a historic building/brownstone on pretty block.
Afternoon tea was great— definitely expensive per person button was many courses over a couple of hours, and lovely service for a special afternoon. Soup and scones and butternut squash pieces were our favorite!
Sandwiches were our least favorite.
And of course th tea was good too!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a quaint tea house. Decor is lovely. Tea selection was delicious. Service was perfect. Definitely worth going to.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luscious, leisurely, lovely, with extraordinary service and ambiance.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had a problem making the reservation. I first called the restaurant to make the res & to request a round table for two. Time was flexible. Left message, received no return call. I then made the res on open table requesting the round table. Upon arrival they said they knew of the round table request, but our request was too late! We were offered a seating at a settee with a low cocktail table. This was very uncomfortable for eating, balancing a tea cup & for conversation.

Sandwiches & scones were wonderful, but desserts were overly sweet.

Would not come back

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SZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Wonderful food. Perfect birthday celebration for my friend. She was so happy. Waiter was so attentive. Had fun and left happy!! Would definitely go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely service. Good surroundings. Perfect for relaxing tea with daughter. Loved the tea pairings.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Great service, great food, and a beautiful house. Great for just a meet up with friends, or for a special occasion.

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CN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been here in Jan every year for the passed 5 years for my birthday.
This year was the absolute worst.
Our table was very close to the kitchen.
Every time the staff walked passed the table (which was often, being next to the kitchen curtain) the glasses and cups would rattle/shake with the movement of their steps on the floor.

The service was not as good as any of the other years, not classy and sophisticated like previous years. Hap hazard servicing of food, the sandwiches were from yesterday or two days before. The bread was hard for all the sandwiches. Expected for the crostini but not all the others.

Tea was a nightmare. It’s my favorite thing about lady Mendez usually, because you can try different teas with your different courses. Our very first cup was Extra Strong and luke warm English breakfast tea. My husband being british was appalled - and we sent this tea back.

Some instances our scones would arrive and our cups stayed empty for a long while, so we had to eat without being able to sip our tea. the empty cups were tended to, but well after. And the scones, were like biscuits. Hardish on the outside and somewhat flat.

I am writing this in the hope that management looks into it and turns this around quickly. The concept of afternoon tea makes me so happy, and having been to every single one available in this city... I keep coming back here for my birthday tradition. The room is quaint and Victorian.
It would be a shame for this to deteriorate any more.

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BU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely high tea at Lady Mendl's. The setting, the china, the service were all superb. I hope to have a private party there very soon...

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NG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely charming surroundings and delicious five course tea menu. A very special experience, and conveniently, a great pre-theatre meal when you have an early 7:00 curtain.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, no-pressure, tea service. Tasty treats, bottomless tea, sweet decor and friendly service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This place has a nice environment for conversation, but not much impressed about the quality of food and tea.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friends 60th bday, everything was perfect!! Not my first visit and definitely not my last. The tea sandwiches were terrific, and the scones were amazing!!
the staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect afternoon tea service.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

very expensive and service was just non existent. We asked for food items to be identified and when the server didnt know, we never heard from the server again for the rest of the meal. Loudest talking in the room was the server complaining about money. There was not a lot of food, and what was served wasn't very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been taking my daughter’s and sister-in-law for tea at Lady Mendel’s as an annual outing for the last 15 or do years. We absolutely love everything about the experience

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked an afternoon tea for my grandparents and they haven't stopped raving! They said I "hit it out of the park" with this recommendation. Loved the tea they chose and were full after all of the food (the crepe cake and butternut squash sandwich were highlights). The atmosphere was quaint and it was the perfect leisurely afternoon activity. It honestly might be the highlight of their trip.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this spot is special. An amazing few hours of tea in a gorgeous brownstone.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a beautiful townhouse venue.

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n
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and beautiful decor. Very much like an authentic English tea.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Estupendo sitio
El servicio debe afinar

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

If u r looking for a pretty place to have afternoon tea LM is quite lovely but the food is very mediocre. Actually, the only thing I truly enjoyed were the scones. It was $223 for 3 people for about $20 dollars worth of quality tea and not very wonderful tea treats. Go for the experience if u like but once is enough for me and Ms Mendel.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Date - High Tea

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KM
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love high tea, and it's always nice to find a fresh place in the city. This is not the high tea where they bring everything out on a tiered rack of plates; instead, you get five courses -- which are more than sufficient, including soup, small sandwiches (I was asked if I wanted more when I was done, and I would have but I knew other things were coming), scones with the required Devonshire cream, jam and lemon curd, and a delicious layered cream slice of cake plus little finger desserts.

Food wise everything was quite tasty. The scones were small -- like fit in the palm of your hand small -- and very crusty/crumbly. This may not be for everyone, but the texture was fine for me. I just thought they were a bit small, and I'd have taken another of *those*. They came out warm and my sense was they'd just been prepared, but it did take a long time between sandwiches and scones. The slice of cake was great, and the other mini-desserts actually too much for me; the macaron was the only thing I left partially finished.

The other slight downside (for some!) is that you have no say in your tea preparation; they come and refill as much as you need. Which is fine, but I love the process of steeping my own leaves and pouring when it's ready. I'd love it if they had that option. The tea selection was small -- about 5 flavors -- and that could be expanded as well, but the English Breakfast I had was just fine.

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CD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price, this is a once-a-year special occasion or event; Christmas/Holiday, birthday, bridal shower, etc. The high-tea is good, but it is the location and decor that makes it ‘extra special’.

For the four of us (2 mothers and our high school aged daughters) it was the perfect place to celebrate the holidays while introducing the high tea experience to our daughters. Service was warm, friendly and on-point without being overly fussy as compared with a high tea at the Waldorf Astoria, for example. Gramercy Park is a beautiful part of NYC and it nice to have an excuse to go there and explore.

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C
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic anytime but great tradition at the holidays.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time!!! They really made me feel special on my bday ❤️. Service was outstanding.

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J
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service and Ambience were excellent. Very authentic tea service and very delicious. Highly recommend.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was so delicious though we did have a vegetarian/non-cheese member of our party and the staff was not accommodating. We were told we would try 4 teas, one with each course, and that was not the case. We had the same tea over 2 courses and by the time we realized that we had the same tea refilled over and over again we had to get the waiter attention to change it. We ended up only trying 3 teas and half our group didn't get the 3rd tea. I'll look somewhere else for next time.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Beautiful setting and great service but felt it was overpriced

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Holiday trip

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time for my Mums 60th birthday. Beautiful food, attentive staff. A magical place ❤️

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not very good. The sandwiches were like eating a piece of white bread with a small smear of something. It was very very expensive for the amount that was served. Very disappointing.

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MC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect High Tea! Portion sizes are spot on, and not heavy. Teas are delicious and served at the perfect temperature always. The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. My one little issue, I wish they had a wider tea selection. Music was also great.

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