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Lady Mendls

4.7
452 reviews
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$50 and over
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Wednesday-Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 533-4466 ext. 2
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We do not offer catering services off premise. We not do have items from our tea menu available for pick up.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place
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Parking details
http://nyc.bestparking.com/custom/index.php?addr=56%20Irving%20Place
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please consult our website www.ladymendlsteasalon.com regarding information on upcoming special events and holidays.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 452 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

An authentic brownstone that has been decorated in an eclectic style but harkens back to the Georgian times that the brownstone was built in. Warm and intimate in the furnishings and feels like you are dining in someone's private living room. Excellent range of sandwiches, scones and cake together with a hot pea soup.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Lovely place for an afternoon tea! Took my Mom here for Mothers Day. We loved the decor, choice of teas and scrumptious food. The waiter took good care of us making the whole experience special

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

From the moment we arrived we were treated with kindness by the inn's manager. The ambience is cozy and eclectic. The service was outstanding. The afternoon tea was a delightful experience. Every one of the five courses was delicious! We felt as if we had been transported to "Alice in Wonderland."

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day Tea , everyone loved it food was delicious service was attentive and not Omni present . Food portion and pacing was on point

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Awesome decoration, classic tea, amazing food and fantastic service !!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The most eclectic mix of modern and traditional tea in the best way. Had an enjoyable experience and can't wait to come back. Totally addicted to everything! Wonderful service and elegant furnishings.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I hadn’t been here for 20 years but it was just as I remembered. You don’t think soup, tea sandwiches and scones will fill you up but by the time dessert arrived, we were stuffed. The teas are wonderful. The only item we did not like was the crepe cake-it lacked flavor and pizazz. A great experience for “ladies who lunch.”

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Best high tea experience I've had in NYC. Better value and quality than I had in London for high tea! Standout was you can try all there teas for a prix fix price and it's all freshly and perfectly brewed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A very special high tea without being outrageously expensive.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I took my mom for an afternoon tea date and it was great. She loved every minute of it. I have a few dietary restrictions which were, for the most part, accommodated, but I wasn’t able to get a salad as my starter. They served a pea soup (our reservation was the very last weekend in April, so a spring time reservation) and the waitress claimed this soup was their “winter” menu item and the chef couldn’t accommodate me...even though I had seen plates of salad going into a private party while we were waiting to be seated. I understand that was perhaps part of their party plan but one small starter salad wouldn’t have been impossible to accommodate someone with, given the $60 flat price for the fixed menu. There was a group of eight women seated next to us, celebrating something and it got vey, very loud often so that was kind of a mood killer, especially when tea is supposed to be a calming, relaxing experience. Other than those two things, a lovely time at Lady Mendls.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Wonderful experience! Food and tea was delicious. Setting amazing and servers were very pleasant. Highly recommend for special occasions!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

A must ! Old World Charm with exquisite Teas, fabulous food and exceptional service!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This is a beautiful brownstone with romantic decor. The tea menu is nice and the service was great. I enjoyed our servers suggestions for tea pairings with courses. It is not inexpensive so for me it’s a special occasion treat.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

It was an exceptional experience and my friends enjoyed it .

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went there to celebrate my birthday.
Enjoyed the tea. Room & setting very pretty.
Service excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My boss recommended Lady Mendl's when I was looking for a place to take my aunt for afternoon tea. It more than lived up to the recommendation. I am writing this at the behest of my aunt and my mom.

The atmosphere was lovely, the service was excellent, the food was outstanding. We all agreed that this is an experience to be repeated.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Went with my mom for my birthday, noticed it was a mothers and daughters at basically every table, most of them also for special occasions. It's the sort of thing that you either like or don't like; if you're the sort of person who would enjoy a traditional English tea in a gorgeous Victorian/Edwardian inspired setting you will love this, if you're not that sort of person you might not. Five courses, starting with pea soup (but depending on what's in season this might be any sort of soup or salad), little finger sandwiches, delicious scones (best I've ever had), a slice of cake, and finally macarons and sugar cookies. They asked about special occasions and when I said it was my birthday they put a little candle for me to blow out with my cake which was nice! We had the Spring Dream Rooibos tea which we picked primarily because it didn't sound like something we'd had before or could get elsewhere, and it was absolutely delicious, I can't recommend it highly enough. The price is what it is; you're paying for atmosphere and excellent service as well as your tea and food and then you have to take into account that you're in Manhattan, but I was surprised how filling it ended up being and it was my main meal for the day. I could barely finish my last course. The name jumped out at me because I am aware of Lady Mendl/Elsie de Wolfe through my interest in society history but it didn't mention on the website and I didn't realize until after I left that Lady Mendl had lived in that location. Most people probably couldn't care less about that, but the history definitely appealed to me. The decor was gorgeous, especially the wallpaper. I also appreciated that they don't allow young children. Lady Mendl's was an excellent place to spend my birthday and I would definitely recommend it to others! If I lived in New York I would probably have tea at Lady Mendl's for all my special occasions.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I thought the service and ambiance of Lady Mendel's was excellent! But the food portions were tiny for the price. I have been to many afternoon teas in the States and in the UK and this was the poorest in terms of food quality and quantity. The scones were tiny, not much variety of desserts , and some of the tea sandwiches were on stale bread. I came here for my birthday and was disappointed.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Have long been a fan but since my last two visits feel it's gone from shabby chic to heavy on the shabby. They used to bring a traditional tiered plate with a generous selection of items and now have a server present each little sandwich or scone with a pair of tongs. The server, though friendly, wears a short black dress (same outfit on both of my most recent visits) and the outfit looks more cocktail waitress. And to top it off, the tea selections are just...odd. Ended up not drinking tea because the chocolatey one I requested was not available, the vanilla-flavored one was sickeningly sweet, and the mint one was overwhelming. How about some basic English tea flavors? There are better options in the city for an elegant traditional tea.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My daughter and i have been coming her since she was 12 years old and we just celebrated her 25th birthday here

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very cute and quaint place. Perfect for a mother-daughter excursion, which is what we did. I wish that they did the tower, instead of coursing it out, because you end up feeling a little bit rushed. Also would like to pick and choose what I felt like eating. But overall, it was an adorable experience. The teas were delicious, and the food was very good. Particularly loved the scones with clotted cream. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This was my 3rd visit over the period of a few years and a special occasion for my Birthday with friends and my husband. The atmosphere is wonderful and the service was lovely. The fare however, left much to be desired. The tea sandwiches were just not up to my expectations. I think for the price they should be fresher and more carefully made and served. The sliver of salmon was the tastiest. The others were bland and very small. I know this is tea and not brunch, but it felt lacking when I wanted a 'wow'. The cake is great at the end and the scones were warm, so good there.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lovely Mom and Daughter tea opportunity in an historic setting. Enjoyed each course (ok, the cake part a bit too much cream over crepe for me) thoroughly and with a tiny table did not miss serving myself from a tiered platter. Was able to try multivarieties of tea throughout which is unusual in the annals of high tea places. A bit high priced, but then again, it's NYC.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I love, love, love this place. Celebrated my past three birthdays here, a friend's bachelorette....this place always lovely!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Lady Mendl’s was an experience and an EXCELLENT one at that! The different courses were refreshing and surprising and the tea choices were phenomenal. The atmosphere was quiet. The decor was stunning I did not feel rushed at all. I thought it was completely worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

My daughter and i celebrated her 21st Birthday at Lady Mendl's and they made it a wonderful experience for both of us! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Such a charming place, so beautiful china, everything just perfect!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This is a place I always enjoy -- almost like being back in London for tea time

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was greaf

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Such a wonderful experience; so civilized, beautiful decor, great service!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It was absolutely the most charming spot! We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea and the service was superb. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely experience. Lovely ambiance

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The experience exceeded expectations. There was no special occasion, it was a friend's get-together. I arrived exactly on time and my friend arrived late. I thought for sure they would cancel our reservation but I was allowed to wait in a nice Parlor room with no harassment from the staff. At first, we were seated close to the door but they quickly moved us to the back where the ambience was better. The sandwiches were delicious if a bit small. The tea kept flowing. The staff was attentive. Everything was authentic- from the fire in the hearth to the clotted cream. My only complaint is the dishes did not match. They were not part of a set. All in all, I would absolutely recommend this place. We received far more than we were expecting for only $59.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great atmosphere! Some great tea options. The scones were some of the best I’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

High quality service and dessert!love it !

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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