Image courtesy of firmdalehotels.com

Image courtesy of firmdalehotels.com

Pinkies up: it's time for high tea. Head to our NYC favorites for a bone china and crumpet fix.

1. Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental offers quite possibly the best tea time view in town. The elegant lobby lounge boasts a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the park below with a stunning panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline as the cherry on top. Art deco with modern Oriental touches set the scene for a luxe yet cozy tea break, complete with house-made scones and marmalade.

2. Ladurée SoHo
"The story of Parisian tea rooms is intimately linked to the Ladurée story. It all started in 1862 when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a man from the southwest, miller by trade, created a bakery at 16 rue Royale in Paris." And the rest is history. Tea time is even sweeter with a tall order of Ladurées famous macarons and the intimate SoHo setting. Choose from authentic smoked Lapsang Souchong Chinese tea or the vegetal Thé Senchayamoto with a sea-inspired flavor profile, complemented perfectly by the house macaron classics.

3. The Peninsula
The Peninsula's classic, understatedly elegant Gotham Lounge is renowned for its legendary afternoon tea service. A recently updated menu features an impressive premium tea selection, keeping the famous Peninsula Blend in the rotation due to popular demand. Up the ante with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut and a side of caviar, made possible by The Grand Afternoon Tea. Don't mind if we do.

4. The Pierre
Afternoon tea inside The Pierre’s Two E Bar/Lounge is as chic as it gets. Stylish digs and an overall cool factor make this a standout alternative to more traditional settings. Both a classic tea service as well as a sweet tea service offer black, green or herbal loose leaf teas for a perfect palate-pleasing combination. Care to tarry off the menu path? Ask for the “warm sunrise”, a tantalizing combination of chamomile, orange, lemon, honey and cinnamon.

5. Crosby Street
The Crosby Bar's afternoon tea is straight out of London with its traditional prix fixe tea experience. Choose from the traditional menu, offering Crosby signature tea cakes and scones with clotted cream, or go all in with the Ruinart option. Specialty teas include a Muscatel Darjeeling, English peppermint, and whole leaf green tea. Bonus: a serious cocktail menu brings this tea time to the next level. Empire fizz and salted cod croquettes, anyone?