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Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
The Inn at Irving Place
56 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
Lady Mendl's Front Parlour
Lady Mendl's Front Parlour Mantle
one expects Sherlock Homes to pop into Lady Mendl's tea salon to ask
Edith Wharton a question. An absolutely charming establishment
tucked away inside New York City's Inn at Irving Place. Located in
the heart of the Gramercy Park historical district, when one ascends
the front staircase, one enters a splendid 1800s townhouse
replicating a world gone by. The atmosphere is the closest one can
experience afternoon tea in a public venue as if one were in one's
The Inn has
several tea parlours in various sizes, accommodating from a small
party of ten to larger groups of fifty, each maintains a working
fireplace and private restroom facilities.
The tables are
individually set with crisp white linens, lovingly collected antique porcelain,
silver and crystal patterns. A small bouquet of graceful flowers adorns the tops
of all surfaces.
The attention to the table's detail is noticed with renowned
sugar artist Reva Paul's hand decorated rose sugar cube on the side of each
teacup, as well as tea enhancers of hand cut candied ginger, milk, honey, and
The wait staff is both
knowledgeable and seamlessly attentive to your every need without being
Lady Mendl's five-course seasonal menu follows the traditions of an English tea,
but often with an added modern surprise. Implementing French, Russian, and
English serving styles, each course is served separately.
The first course, the chef surprise of the day, can vary from a mini quiche to a
non-traditional mixed salad.
Twenty-Layer Crepe Cake
The second course, an assortment of seasonal crustless tea sandwiches, served
twice, consist of smoked salmon with dill cream cheese on pumpernickel bread,
thinly sliced cucumber with mint crème fraiche on brioche, classic egg salad on
rye bread and smoked turkey with cranberry on seven grain bread.
The third course, freshly baked warm scones
(one plain and one with currents) with
Devonshire cream and preserves.
fourth course is what has fast become Lady Mendl's signature, a tissue paper
Twenty-Layer Crepe Cake filled with French pastry cream.
The fifth course ends
with an assortment of tea cookies and a chocolate dipped strawberry.
All tea service includes freshly steeped, estate grade, loose-leaf tea served
decanted at tableside.
Special events are often held to mark the opening of film, as was the case with
Marie-Antoinette. A French theme menu, with tea pairings, was served:
Tea classes and lectures, by Ellen Easton, are held by appointment, for those
who wish to learn the proper etiquette, serving and history of afternoon tea.
Comedienne Fran Capo, The Guinness Book of World
Records' fastest talking female, achieved on an episode on her show called
"Fran's World" - Fran's attempt at refinement.
It's no wonder Lady Mendl's has been named one of
America's favorite tearooms. Whether one is celebrating a special occasion, a
new engagement, or just one who wishes to have a relaxing afternoon, from
individuals to international celebrities, all are welcome.
Anne Kaufman - producer & daughter of America's
playwright George S. Kaufman
Miriam Margolyes,OBE - illustrious English actress,
BAFTA Award for The Age of Innocence
Broadway Composer, Charles Strouse - Tony & Emmy Award
winner of Bye-Bye Birdie and Annie
Broadway Actress, Karen Ziemba - Tony Award winner of
Authors Ellen Easton and Mara Purl
Ellen Easton is a lifestyle industry leader, tea and etiquette authority, author of Afternoon Tea~ Tips, Terms and Traditions,
A Tea Party Planner and Tea Travels™ For The Holidays (RED WAGON PRESS), as well as a hospitality, design and retail consultant, whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria,
The Plaza, and Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.
Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon,
thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.
REVA PAUL, an internationally acclaimed confectionery artist, hand decorated floral sugars and mints are available by special
order for teas, weddings, and special events. Wholesale/Retail - Bulk & Gift boxed. All prices on request via RED WAGON PRESS (212) 722-7981.
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