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Lady Mendls, New York, NY

Lady Mendls

4.8
4.8
816 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.***

Make a reservation

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

    Thu, 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, 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 816 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

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  • Manhattan

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  1. MW

    MsWhitt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent afternoon tea service!
  3. l

    laos

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has amazing ambiance and will transport you entirely.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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 🤩
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

  16. 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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They surprised me with a birthday candle in my dessert! So sweet
  18. TN

    ThorNYC

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful!
  19. J

    Jayfara

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance. The menu is light with a lot of up charges for the price. For four people there was not a lot To eat and we left feeling hungry and went to get a more fulfilling meal afterward, which is tough at $78 per perso. Extra charges for more scones, sandwiches. Summary: beautiful space, nice ambiance but for the price they need a more substantial menu or they need to lower the price.
  20. BR

    BilalR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made my first date with someone I was very excited about special! Though, maybe not always special for the right reasons, it was memorable and felt like a fairy tale haha
  21. SA

    SueA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s set in a beautiful townhouse with eclectic decor, making elegant but far less stuffy as formal tea service can be. We loved the place settings and the mix-and-match china, plus our table felt spacious and it was nice to not feel crammed in (like Tea & Sympathy, which is always wonderful but not nearly as special as Lady Mendl’s). The main drawbacks came from not getting frequent tea refills or having our own teapots, so we had to wait until someone came around (which is wasn’t that often). And the staff couldn’t answer a question about whether there were nuts in any of the macarons or petit fours because they weren’t made in house. But other than that our server was very accommodating to our 12-year-old first-timer and made her feel like one of the grownups, even letting her switch her choice of tea when she didn’t care for her first. So I would deduct a point for empty teacups and unknown ingredients, but add points for the ambiance and hospitality.
  22. PJ

    PrincessJoy

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lady Mendl’s never disappoints. My aunt and I were seated as soon as we arrived and checked in. The tea was hot, delicious and served in the most decorative teapots. The ambience is always so lovely and the service is impeccable. My visits to Lady Mendl’s are always a treat and I look forward to my return in August.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place to end our wedding day ! From the moment we walked in , the entire staffed were so welcoming and wonderful about making our wedding day special since it was just the 2 of us .The tearoom and inn were so beautiful decorated in eclectic vintage decor , the China and tea cups were also very lovely ! Be sure come hungry , we thought it might be light fare , but by the end we were almost too full to move . This place is truly special , especially for vintage lovers ! Thank you to all the kind staff who treated us with such kindness , can't wait to come back ‍‍
  24. J

    Joyce

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This afternoon tea place provides delicious 5-course (sandwiches, scones, crapes and sweets) and excellent teas. Guests were seated far apart. Everything was beautifully done, the entire place, table, waiting area, a nice place to enjoy tea with friends.
  25. C

    Catt

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lady Mendl's for an English tea sets a perfect mood, atmosphere, ambience, setting. The food is very good, although it is a variation of an English tea. Wonderful experience. We thank you.
  26. SG

    ShannaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth, after a good tea experience. When I first got there, I was told I could not leave my purse on the chair I was sitting on and would have to check my bag. I have many valuables in my bag so that was no an option for me. I kept my bag on my lap the whole time which was very uncomfortable. During our tea, 4 ladies come into the tea room, and all put their purses on the back of the chair…why were they exempted from this rule?! In addition, as I was leaving, a server followed me out, saying I did not tip enough… I felt sooo embarrassed and I was pressured into tipping extra. I thought that service and treatment represented the tip u left behind. I have travelled the world and this is my first experience of this. I’m on a birthday trip with my sister and this kinda ruined my vacation experience. I would not recommend this tea room because of the experience.
  28. NL

    NildaL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and experience. Highly recommend
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute you walk into this gorgeous cozy place and are greeted warmly through the serving of each course and the pouring of the tea, this is a wonderful and elegant experience. The food was delicious and filling Everyone was extremely attentive and pleasant I didn’t mention that my birthday was in a few days I am thinking it’s probably in my profile. My cake came with a candle and lovely birthday wishes. It was an overall enjoyable experience that I look forward to repeating.
  30. VI

    VIctoriaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an absolutely wonderful place for a quiet, sophisticated and elegant tea or lunch.
  31. G

    Gabrielle

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Over-priced for a pre-fixe of $78. Food is mediocre. Nice ambience.
  32. MM

    MalloryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We only booked for 2 people and asked to change the reservation to 3 and they were very accommodating! The food and tea were amazing, and they give you so much we couldnt even finish! The service was marvelous and the ambience was perfect. Even the bathroom was nice.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special experience! Everything was just wonderful. Each course was better than the next. And the teas paired beautifully. The setting on Irving Place is also so beautiful and historic.
  34. AM

    AmandaM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lady Mendl’s is an amazing experience that I recommend for anyone to treat themselves to if they love tea and sweets. This is a true afternoon tea with the best ambiance and decor a person could ask for! The food is also unique, delicious, and top quality. I took my mom here for Mother’s Day and she absolutely loved it! It’s the perfect exclusive place to go to! Expensive but worth it. I cannot recommend it enough!
  35. MK

    MichaelK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day Tea!!
  37. CJ

    CarolineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my mom for an early Mother’s Day tea and it was delightful! They gave us so much food and every bite was delicious! Love the unique ambience and the music they were playing! We had a fabulous time!
  38. d

    donnac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We LOVED Lady Mendel's; every bit as adorable, victorian, girly, etc as it appears to be! The service was wonderful and the ambiance was phenomenal. Drinks and tea were great. The only thing I would point out is that we thought we would have a choice of soup or salad to start with , but it is 'soup' season so there was no choice. The next course were tea sandwiches which were yummy, then the next 3 courses were very sweet and yummy - possibly even just a tad too sweet - and I have a sweet tooth! All in all, however, it was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate to visit again and recommend it to others!
  39. CP

    CelesteP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the true secret gems of New York. A perfect tea experience. Stunning environment, wonderful service, and great food. We will be back over and over again.
  40. B

    Beeze1024

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lady Mendl’s never disappoints! The place is is looking lovelier than ever. Staff were warm, welcoming and accommodating. The menu has changed since my last visit, I was a bit disappointed. The menu is basically vegetarian except for the smoked salmon. I prefer the former menu. I love Lady Mendl’s and I am looking forward to my next visit.

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 4.8 stars by 816 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

    Thu, 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, 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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