My husband and I have been celebrating our anniversary this weekend and instead of going away this year, we decided to keep it local and explore good ol' NYC. I saw an ad (in a cab) a few weeks back setting its sights on New Yorkers, encouraging us to see more of our city. After living in New York for 9 years there are still a lot of gems I have yet to discover. For example, the other night, my husband and I found this great Italian spot right in our neighborhood - something we’ve overlooked since moving into our new spot. This summer, we plan on getting to know New York more intimately. Exploring the different boroughs, hitting up mom-and-pop shops and rediscovering the city.
Lady Mendl’s was the first on my list. I surprised the huzbey™ with a visit to this tea salon at the Inn at Irving Place where we found ourselves indulging in a 5-course High Tea, listening to some vocal jazz standards playing in the background. I had Berry Green and Rudy chose Lychee Tea then we eventually made the switch to English Breakfast since we are able to sample all the teas on the menu.
The 1st-course was a refreshing serving of honeydew sprinkled with feta cheese. I’m not a huge fan of feta due to it’s overwhelming taste yet this pairing really tempers its powerful flavor. Our server, Jesse, God bless him, gave my husband and I complimentary Prosecco since we are celebrating our anniversary. We were given several nectar options: Guava, Mango, and Peach.
The 2nd course was a selection of tea sandwiches: lox with dill cream cheese and wasabi caviar on pumpernickel, roast beef with horseradish, cucumber, mint and crème fraîche, goat’s cheese and fig on 7-grain (my favorite). 3rd-course in and we were served traditional scones with Devonshire clotted cream and blueberry and strawberry preserves.
By the 4th-course we were starting to get full yet this 20-layer vanilla crepe sat there staring back, enticing us to take a bite of that fluffy and decadent cake. We gave in, of course and still had room (well, barely) for our last course, petit fours: chocolate and strawberry macarons, ginger snaps with lemon cream filling and chocolate covered strawberries.