#9: Afternoon Tea / Part 1 of 4
Pinkies up, dah-lings, it's tea time! Tiers of warm scones, clotted cream, cucumber sandwiches, and decadent sweets - plus special tea and chilled champagne! - all feel so brilliantly indulgent. I love it with many hearts! Living in a city with lots of afternoon tea service options is tempting. I want to try every single one of them. But that's a helluva lot of clotted cream so I narrowed my scope to four afternoon tea experiences and added it to my Birthday Bucket List.
Sunday was the first of those four...
...at Janam Tea...
...and good lordy lord, it was perfection!!
New York is a city of fantastic secrets and, in every way, Janam Tea is one of them. Located inside Garfunkel's speakeasy, the little room is designed to be a bit hard to find. Accessing it requires a stroll through the front door of The Burgary burger joint (67 Clinton Street). A query to the bartender prompts a call upstairs to announce your arrival. A vault door is opened and you are ushered up a narrow set of stairs toward another door that, once opened, reveals the stunning 1920's inspired room. Tea service is available Wed - Sunday from 12pm-5pm and the secret is spreading so reservations are highly suggested.
We kicked things off with champagne served in antique-inspired glasses worthy of a Gatsby party. Every place setting, in fact, seemed to be transported from another era with delicate details and Art Deco decoration.
After selecting our teas - many of them imported from India and handpicked by Amy, Janam Tea's owner - we were presented with delightful trays of goodies. Smoked salmon with dill, egg salad sandwiches, homemade cream and scones...every single tiny crumb was delicious. We know because we shamelessly ate every single thing. Not a speck was left. And I'm pretty sure I'll have food dreams about it. Serious yum!
The tea was equally as heavenly. We each tried a different Indian black tea, all infused with various spices and flavors. Mine was a strong, brooding tea with hints of tobacco, fruit, and oak. It was complex and sophisticated, like a fine gentleman who you just know has a good story to tell.
After much sipping, we dipped into the top tier: sweets. Happy sigh for rich chocolate mousse and brown butter cookies! From beginning to end, when we rolled our satisfied selves out of the back door and onto the street, the experience was perfection.
This place is truly my favorite tea spot in New York and, having just opened in November 2016, it's already creating a lot of buzz. Many thanks to Amy and her crew for making us feel so pampered and welcomed. It was a wonderful jazz-age inspired afternoon!