Best Afternoon Tea

Janam is a teahouse for tea lovers
By Alizah Salario

Where to find delicious meals and beverages at any hour of the day

Janam Tea
67 Clinton Street
(in the parlor at Garfunkel's Speakasy, enter through The Burgary)
Janam is a teahouse for tea lovers. Owner Amy Dubin selects all of Janam's teas from a single estate in India, and guests can order based on taste descriptors: malty, perfume, woodsy or grassy. The knowledgeable Dubin will gladly help you find the perfect tea for your palate. In the savory department, the chicken curry salad tart is a standout, and the brown butter cookie and chocolate pot de crème will satisfy any sweet tooth. Teahouse by day, speakeasy by night, the space screams comfort. If you visit during the holidays, enjoy the seasonal tea service, an ode to Scotland that includes shortbread and butterscotch pudding. (Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1st only)

Pierre New York, a Taj Hotel
2 East 61st St.
There are few problems a steaming pot of tea and a three-tiered tray of treats can't solve. Fix your life with afternoon tea at the Pierre Hotel's Two E Bar & Lounge. The traditional service includes cranberry scones baked in-house and served with raspberry jam, lemon curd and Devonshire cream. Miniature lobster rolls and caviar-topped buckwheat blini offer a sophisticated spin on the classic finger sandwich, and the house rotunda blend, a fusion of green and black teas, is a guest favorite. If that doesn't lift your spirits, then splurge on the Royal Tea Service, which comes with Taittinger Champagne.

Alice's Tea Cup
102 West 73rd St.
Go down the rabbit hole to visit this enchanting neighborhood favorite. Alice's captures both the whimsy of a childhood tea party and the sweet respite of a grownup afternoon tea break. The décor is full-on wonderland, and the novel-length tea list and menu include traditional breakfast items in addition to teatime favorites. For the best of both worlds, try the three-tiered Mad Morning, which includes tea, scones, eggs and granola with Greek yogurt.