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Lady Mendls, New York, NY

Lady Mendls

4.8
4.8
864 Reviews
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are open for Valentine's Day Tea on Tuesday, February 14th from 2-7pm. Join us for a romantic tea experience with your loved one!
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.
Our $78 prix fixe tea service offered Wednesday 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 22 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, Discover, 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, 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 864 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Best Ambiance

  • Manhattan

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  1. s

    spp92

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    A gorgeous setting -- perfect for tea! THE GOOD -- delicious food, great portions, gorgeous place, beautiful ambience, perfect location THE NOT SO GOOD -- First was we kept running out of tea. The staff comes around to refill vs. giving you your own pot, which is great from a space perspective but we found ourselves constantly asking for more tea. The tea itself was also weak, as if the hot water was poured and then it was immediately served. We got early grey and could barely taste it unfortunately. The second is my partner and I were in town celebrating our anniversary / staying with a friend, which I told the folks at LM when we reserved. But no one made a comment and nothing was done. I don't expect free food (especially not with the current inflation environment), but I saw another table get a cupcake and candle to celebrate a birthday, so it felt odd that we didn't even get a verbal welcome from the staff checking us in and seeing our reservation with notes. It was a stupid little thing, but it kind of sucked. You know? Not a deal breaker, just a "meh"
  2. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience 💙
  3. SD

    SweetDee1

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although service was behind for seating (reservations was at 4pm was seated at 4:50pm), we were given complimentary drinks for the late seating! However, it was definitely worth the wait because the experience was amazing! This was my first time having high tea at Lady Mendel’s and I felt welcomed and excited to be there! The waitress, ambiance, service and food was excellent and delicious! The server took her time in explaining the different teas and finger food served with our teas! I was extremely happy to be there and comfortable as those I had a special invitation to someone’s home for high teas and croquets! It felt very British and I loved it! I will definitely go back to share the experience with other friends! SweetDeeApplesauce
  4. J

    Jennie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful occasion. Kristine runs a great afternoon tea and our server Emma is knowledgeable and perfectly on point with her service. Could bury myself in scones and clotted cream.

    Lady MendlsResponded on January 23, 2023We will join you in the clotted cream! Thank you Jennie, always a pleasure

  5. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing

    Lady MendlsResponded on January 23, 2023Thank you Chris! We look forward to serving you again sometime soon

  6. BA

    BrittanyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely tea with my mother at Lady Mendl's! The food and tea selection were absolutely divine. Cannot wait to return! :-)
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful afternoon tea and excellent service
  8. BV

    BernadetteV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea at Lady Mendl’s is always a delightful experience
  9. Q

    Quotations

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and food was good! Ambience was great, the decor was cute and not too loud nor quiet.
  10. T

    Treattime

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took a dear friend here for her birthday. We were TOTALLY charmed by the place! The ambience was amazing, the food was delicious, the service was perfection. It felt like being in a private home at the turn of the century. Unique and special and delightful. Very cozy and beautiful. I highly recommend it.
  11. EZ

    EllaZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    the place was cute and had a pleasant atmosphere. What i would expect from an authentic english tea house. However, the food was lacking in taste. The only item i loved were the warm fresh scones, those were absolutely delish. The sandwiches were not tasty at all. The prefix menu is in my opinion overpriced. I wish that instead of having a prefix menu, they allow you to pick the sandwiches you want, and they should really think about what type of sandwiches they want to serve, because the ones currently on the menu, are not it. My friend and i paid over $200 for the experience of having tea. I dont think it was worth it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a much anticipated, lovely and delicious afternoon tea w friends. Service was attentive and friendly and all courses were wonderful. Not tourists. We will be back!
  13. PM

    PaigeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my mom here for her 50th birthday and the staff helped me make it so special! We had the most lovely high tea & can’t wait to come back next year!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    The waitress didn’t like her tip and had her manager speak to us to give her a larger tip 🙄. It honestly ruined the experience for me and it felt very cheap. The food was just okay, not worth the price. I suggest going to The Ritz for afternoon tea instead. It’s cheaper and way better.
  15. DC

    DianaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience from the food, tea and service. 10/10 recommend.
  16. L

    Lauren

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    OpenTable might want to check their reservation times. We made one for 5pm but the last seating was at 4pm
  17. C

    Cloudsinthsilverlining

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy, especially at holiday time. The decor and ambiance are lovely. The tea sandwiches are delicious (my wife and I are partial to the squash and goat cheese one), as are the scones and “crepe” cake. The staff always exceedingly friendly.
  18. K

    Katie

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Five stars for Excellent service and ambience. Food selection was good but very small for the price. Good for a onetime visit.
  19. KH

    KathyH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delightful and delicious! We have been there several times, and it never disappoints!
  20. LG

    LauraG

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This place is a little gem that is hard to find. The scones were great and the crepe cake was so light and airy. Love the experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing experience dining inside an old brownstone! The interior was whimsical and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The staff was very kind and knowledgeable about the teas and menu offerings. When you order a tea they come over and pour your cup so you get to try different ones which is nice. The food was delicious! Surprisingly filling so we took the dessert to go. Would definitely come back again.
  22. R

    Robinh

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and staff. Food was wonderful and plentiful. Such a unique and special spot in a townhouse on Irving Place. I will be back.
  23. ND

    NancyDrew

    New York Area

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most beautiful tea room In nyc. The gilded age. Fabulous service, lovely food. All round perfect.
  24. A

    Amos

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was just OK, especially for the price.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful and one of the best teas I’ve ever had (including international) I would recommend to any and everyone and I am already planning my next trip back!
  26. s

    sams

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    What a wonderful experience. We were too full to finish but able to take away the remainder.
  27. AH

    AlexH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

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

    TamamiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    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!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

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

    KarsonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    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! :)
  31. l

    larchmonter

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    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!
  32. m

    meyerwoo

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 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.
  33. 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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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!
  38. 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!
  39. 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!
  40. 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

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 864 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 22 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, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, 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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