By Roger Sands • Photograph by Grace Coley
Broadway and New York City are joined at the hip, and the theater district is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. From lavish musicals to spellbinding dramas, the bright lights of Broadway offer something for all tastes. Discerning tea enthusiasts will discover that the venerable British tradition of afternoon tea is flourishing only a hop, skip, and a jump from some of Broadway’s most renowned theaters. Although New York City would not be mistaken for London, there are, nonetheless, a variety of options for teatime, with each venue offering a distinctive flavor and flair. For many locals and tourists alike, afternoon tea in Manhattan serves as an oasis amid the mayhem of one of the world’s busiest cities. A delightful way to enjoy a day here includes afternoon tea followed by a Broadway play. The following locations are among the favorite Theatre District respites for sipping brimming cups of various tea blends, accompanied by flavorful scones, delectable finger sandwiches, and delicious sweets. Smart casual is the recommended attire for these by-reservation-only venues.