- Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
119 Seventh Avenue, 212-414-1717
Every Saturday, the grandfatherly John Harney, of the esteemed Harney & Sons tea company, journeys from his Connecticut home to the Waldorf to share this timeless, three-course tradition beneath the colossal crystal chandelier, on gold-jacquard-covered couches, at the grand Park Avenue hotel. The ceremony includes flavored (chocolate!) caffeine-free teas; scones; and finger sandwiches of PB&J, ham and cheese, and tuna salad, followed by a pastry dessert (reservations are required: $22 per child, $32 per adult). Afterward, everyone gathers around Cole Porter’s Steinway grand, where a pianist hosts a sing-along that includes “I’m a Little Teapot,” of course, and “Tea for Two.” Every child goes home with a goody bag, one of which—Lucky winner!—has a Madame Alexander doll tucked inside. At-home snacking will never be the same.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.