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About Lady Mendls
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.
Children under 12 are not permitted.
New York, NY 10003
Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We do not offer catering services off premise. We not do have items from our tea menu available for pick up.
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.
Banquet, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please consult our website www.ladymendlsteasalon.com regarding information on upcoming special events and holidays.
Lady Mendls Ratings and Reviews
Went for the high tea experience and while the location and historical nature of the setting was great the food was ordinary. Sandwiches were a little stale. The scones were a little hard and had a horrible crumbly texture ( worst I’ve ever eaten)and then a 20 layered crepe/cake which was too creamy.
The tea was nice although only 4 choices.
Overall a little disappointed.
The waitress was very nice and tried her best, but the overall experience has tanked. They were entirely overwhelmed by a fairly normal crowd size - we were left sitting for nearly an hour before they served us any food (or refilled the small teacup, since they only served the tea out of communal teapots). The scones were delicious, but the sandwiches and cake were deeply underwhelming.
I have enjoyed many teas over the years. I went here on December 29th. I called ahead to make sure they were running on time. When we walked in there wasn't anyone to greet us. The coat check man waved us over and then the hostess came over and said they were running late. There weren't enough seats for everyone waiting to be seated so we were a little crammed on an antique couch. The decor was nice and I am a big fan of the mismatched china. The seats are a little uncomfortable at the tables. Our waiter was terrible and we often sat with empty tea cups. When the finger sandwiches came and there was no serving tongs or spatula I asked for one. The waiter said, they are meant to be picked up. I get that but not from the serving tray that everyone uses!?!?They do not leave the pots of tea for you at the table, which I found inconvenient. Fist course was pumpkin soup- that was ok. Finger sandwiches were again ok but nothing spectacular. Scones were a little dry. Jam, clotted cream and lemon curd were spot on. Dessert was definitely from a box. I would not do tea here again.
They serve a gluten-free option for the afternoon tea which was great (and tasty)! Amazing atmosphere and it feels like another world. There was a delay in seating us and once we were there, the service was incredibly slow. Aside from this, it was a good experience! Would definitely go again and hope there are more servers.
We had a marvelous time and enjoyed the excellent service by Daniela. The Christmas decor was lovely. The food was delicious and we especially enjoyed trying Wonderland tea for the first time. The mismatched china from various pattern added to the overall charm of our experience.
If you look at the photos online, you'll be reasonably prepared for this very authentic afternoon tea spot. It is expensive, but afternoon tea in NYC invariably runs so. Of course, I've had a lot of afternoon tea in London that expensive as well. Sure beats the Russian Tea Room in price, food and service. You get lots of tea with several selections, a soup (our was a delicious spiced pumpkin apple), scones and Devonshire clotted cream, tea sandwiches, cookies and a dessert. Don't go there thinking it's a light afternoon tea . . . it's not. The decor is highly entertaining within this very discrete Georgian brownstone. Assuming your manhood can deal with afternoon tea, take your wife or date, it's lots of fun.
Our server was extremely defensive and at times, quite rude. My sister is Vegan and Gluten Free, which I mentioned in our open table reservation. Yet when we arrived the staff was not prepared and actually gave her a plate of salad and cantaloupe. If they weren’t able to accommodate a full prefixe meal for her, then we wouldn’t just picked somewhere else. We loved the ambiance and the historic building. The tea selections were great. Will not return because of the lack of hospitality training.
I have been doing tea in New York for 35 years and this is the first tea house that gets it all right. Fabulous scones, lemon curd, clotted cream, and attentive service...ambiance that is cozy traditional with a fun twist. Most astonishing is that they don't refill your tea till every drop is gone, so that you are truly getting a hot cup of fresh each time. Perfect Perfection!
Made a reservation at Lady Mendls for afternoon tea to celebrate my sister's birthday. For those seeking a lovely place for high tea, this is NOT the place. It's not even high tea. We arrived at 4:30 to discover we were the last seating. (Most high teas start at 3:30.) They had only five teas to select from, including the two most basic, English Breakfast and Early Grey. Tea is served from the pot to the table so you had no idea whether they are using fresh leaves, or how the tea is steeped. Food is plated and served in courses, rather than on a tiered tray at the table. This gave the wait staff the ability to rush our meal, although for the most part, they were completely inattentive. We had to repeatedly request more tea. We also asked to be moved from our table due to the loud noise emanating from the kitchen (made worse by the fact that there was no background music playing.) The waiter told us the internet was spotty so the music went in and out. For the grand finale, they started clearing tables and stacking chairs for the next day as we dined. At $65 per person, this was a complete waste of money. Do not bother.
Took my mom here for a Christmas season mother-daughter day... She absolutely loved it! The decor is adorable and the atmosphere is cute and cozy. Teas were very nice, you could mix and match and drink as much as you desire. The food was okay, a lot of sweet courses... Even the savory courses had sweet elements, so we had to get a pretzel after to balance our taste buds out. It's only a few blocks from the Union Square Holiday Market, so we walked over and browsed for a bit before going home. The overall experience and excitement for my mom was totally worth the price! I highly recommend!
Rude & inattentive waitstaff. Food was fine. Service quality did not match the beautiful ambiance. Had to request tea refills, forgot what tea we ordered, when we asked about the height of the ceiling (gorgeous brownstone) in the room, Waiter replied “I’ve no idea, I’m not an architect”.
A wonderful place to meet your best friends and have a leisurely afternoon. Great for a birthday too! Perfect for the Christmas season. Wait staff is exceptional! Daniella was our server and she was charming and engaging and gave us all the time and space we needed.
It was quite frustrating and did cause confusion from the start when you are not asked if any dietary needs should be advised. Not realizing one of the girls could not eat nuts there was not much for her to eat. Also, the waitress kept asking how many of each we wanted. last time I was there the tray came when we asked for more and we picked. Although our waitress was sweet and attentive that was just so annoying to deal with - how many - how many is all she kept asking - just bring the tray is what should be the norm. Just for this I would not waste my money going back nor advising others to go. To top it off not deducting from he bill when my friend barely ate nor advise the chef to make something she could have is absurd.
We went to Lady Mendls for an afternoon tea and it was a lovely experience. The food was fresh and delicious and a perfect combination for an afternoon tea. Our server Daniella was fantastic and was very accommodating for one of our guests who needed gluten free options. The atmosphere makes you feel like you have gone back in time to elegant New York. Wonderful and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a place for afternoon tea.
Went for afternoon tea and enjoyed. excellent service- plenty of food- small portions but there are 5 courses. last two are desert- and very sweet- couldn't finish- would have preferred a plate of cookies to the crepe cake...tea and preparation great- you can try all the rest selections; you aren't limited to choosing one.
A special setting...like an old English parlor...this is a world unto its own with traditional high tea and a glass of cava to set the mood. The multi-layer whipped cream cake is divine...so divine the very very thin slice seems stingy. The pumpkin soup starter was not a fav but I'll write that off to not being a fan of pumpkin. The scones were yummy, the bread on the cucumber sandwiches didn't taste as fresh as one would expect, but the clotted cream is a luxury. Our waitress was friendly...though the service was not elegant...and in this locale that would seem more appropriate. But all in all...for a unique, close-to-authentic outing for tea lovers...this is the place.
I always enjoy going to Lady Mendls for afternoon tea. I went to celebrate my sister's birthday. We were greeted by a friendly host. A lovely waitress named Danielle seated and served us. She explained every course. She had a room full of people yet she always managed to keep our teacups full. The food was good and filling. In fact, we both brought the last course home because we were so full. We felt very relaxed and were not rushed. I certainly would recommend Lady Mendls . It has always been a positive experience.
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