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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.

56 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Afternoon Tea, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-4466

Website:
http://www.ladymendlsteasalon.com/

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

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, 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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

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Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Afternoon Tea (32)
Special Occasion (17)
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Quiet Conversation (13)
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Fun (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Groups (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed our tea, especially the ambience and the service. Overall the food was pretty good although it was sweet heavy as expected with tea. Wish they had a few more champagne options. Would come again!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I hadn't been there in years a and was pleased to find it was just as I remembered. I took my fiance and he was happy with the food and tea selection. Great afternoon at Lady Mendls!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really was not the nest afternoon tea especially considering the price. Note that everything is served piecemeal. You don't get a tiered tray or pot of tea

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice afternoon tea. A bit overpriced but still enjoyed it.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

An absolutely lovely experience having afternoon tea. Food was wonderful. Service excellent. The manager friendly and helpful
Great atmosphere. Loved it

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Beautifully furnished brownstone, lovely table-settings. Food very good.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always lovely, gracious and accommodating. We enjoy the afternoon tea. This last time the tea choices were much more limited- disappointing.
Holiday decorations are special and very festive!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely delightful decor for afternoon tea... transported back to Victorian days. Food is terrific. It is expensive but for a "traditional" Christmas tea it is worth a treat.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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”.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Very unusual place for NYC - great architechtural details inside and antiques... service was really good and food was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was lackadaisical and unprofessional. Sandwiches were ok but bread tasted hard as if it has been cut and sitting out all day. Tea wasnt not and tastes oversteeped. Overall pretty disappointed.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I had afternoon tea at lady mend at least 3 years ago and thought it was great. This time the tea selection was limited and the sandwiches were smaller and no seconds were offered ( as in past years). Its a beautiful place but would not go back

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great experience! Excellent location and afternoon tea experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Afternoon tea was fantastic. Definitely will do this again.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Really unique place for afternoon tea. Beautiful building and the ‘secret’ sign makes it a fun addition.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely place, great service and the tea was delicious. Definitely would recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A very relaxing and enjoyable experience. They made me feel like i was the only one there. Treated my gluten allergy without any issues.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I was there 5 yrs ago, place needs a facelift! Would like a choice on tea sandwiches. I don’t like salmon, goat cheese or cukes, chic salad, roast beef would be a nice addition. Very expensive for what it is:(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The staff was amazing, the place is lovely. I enjoyed my time there and I’ll definitely be back with a friend or two. Thank you!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

very nice experience but not much food and very expensive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very expensive, mediocre food except for the cake they serve at the end. The cake is from a bakery in Bryant Park. The tea selection is very limited. Would not recomend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went to Lady Mendl's for a girls day tea lunch. Everything was so delicious and the service was great

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

For the price I feel the portions should be a little more.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place is quiet and elegant. I spent a remarkable afternoon here.

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