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Tea & Sympathy

108 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 13th St.
212-989-9735

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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75% would go back.

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horrific and no one should go

By sarahliz1970 on 4/5/2015

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Go to Myers of Keswick! Do not support this place!! I live ACROSS THE STREET and I will NEVER come here or recommend it to anyone again. More than two months ago my English friend who lives in SC told me she was coming to NYC and bringing her elderly mother who walks with a cane. She REALLY WANTED TO BRING HER ELDERLY ENGLISH MOTHER TO TEA AND (NO) SYMPATHY. she called from SC and was told no reservations. I walked over and explained the situation to the owner - that my English friend is bringing her elderly English mother, and that they really want to have tea here. I asked if I could PLEASE OFFER A CREDIT CARD to reserve a table so that this sweet, elderly English woman could come enjoy her tea. Nope, she said. Just come about 30 minutes early and wait for a table. This was two months prior, and the owner could not accommodate a neighbor's request. (I even showed her that I had posted pics of my last tea there on instagram). No love. Today I arrived to wait on a table for my English friends while they took a car service from their hotel. No open tables in the joint. No one moved. I waited 30 minutes and nothing. It was freezing outside, and this poor woman with a cane was miserable. Tired of waiting (for overpriced nuggets of English food) we went next door to Rosso Pomodoro and had a delicious meal. The owner of Tea and No Sympathy should be ashamed of her greedy, non-neighborly ways.

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10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

rude, low IQ servers..." but good"....

By eloiseattheplaza on 1/10/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • Yes, I would go back!

Odd ball Cockney-type joint with glonky British foods like Bangers and Mash and Treacle Pudding, BYOB, and servers from hell. The owner puts on a lot of "What'll it be, Love? BS. But the afternnoon tea is special, in a "working class" way. Expect the arm reaching across your face to remove a plate with neither smile nor comment and expect to pay cash in spite of claim to take credit cards. A fair quantity of masochism required. Living in the neighborhood, I "attend" T and S aproximately once a year. This is enough.

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62 out of 123 people found this review helpful.

Just Right

By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

As authentic as it gets, Tea & Sympathy hit every note perfectly and reminded my British mother of her childhood. We shared an afternoon tea for two and enjoyed three different types of teas (I highly recommend the Black Ginger and/or the Apricot). The service was wonderful and everyone there was incredibly sweet. The space is indeed tight but that is all part of the intimate appeal that makes this spot so exact.

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83 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

Sweet!

By Sullygraham on 4/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am a big fan of tea and all that goes with it. Faced with a 15 minute wait at midday, and being pressed for time, I opted to return for an afternoon pick-me-up. I did get a lovely pot of tea and British dessert with custard while sitting at a cute table by the window. My server was helpful, polite and efficient. I sort of felt like I was in a B&B. Will return for lunch another day!

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84 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

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