Arium

★★★★☆
A fascinating arts center, with exhibits as well as classical music, Arium also has a divine café with a great menu, many types of tea, a good selection of wines, and afternoon tea service. Given that the menus change weekly, you will be constantly surprised by Chef Richard Guier's innovative selections. With 90 kinds of tea, you will doubtless find multiple selections that suit your fancy.
  • 31 Little W 12th St

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: Cross Streets Ninth Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-463-8630

About Arium

Hours
BREAKFAST Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm LUNCH Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm AFTERNOON TEA Wednesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm TAPAS TASTINGS Thursday: 7:00pm - 10:00pm BRUNCH Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm CLOSED Monday and Tuesday

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Used to love this place, but the service has gone down of late. Recommend checking it out though as location hasn't ever been better.

3
★★★★★

Used to love this place, but the service has gone down of late. Recommend checking it out though as location hasn't ever been better.

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I just hosted an intimate baby shower at Arium. The selections of teas are undeniably more extensive than the Ritz or any other hotel tea location. The scones, mini sandwiches, quiche, and brownies were tasty with the guest of honor wanting more!! I think the only thing we wanted was more food!! You feel like you're being served in a quiet art gallery with linens and fine china. No detail was overlooked by the staff, even fresh roses and beautiful music details like Josh Groban. I highly recommend this setting for an intimate 15-20 person dinner or tea. Angel is the master at service and you won't be disappointed. It was $38 for grand tea without taxes and gratuity. You won't be disappointed if you're hosting a nice event.

2
★★★★★

I just hosted an intimate baby shower at Arium. The selections of teas are undeniably more extensive than the Ritz or any other hotel tea location. The scones, mini sandwiches, quiche, and brownies were tasty with the guest of honor wanting more!! I think the only thing we wanted was more food!! You feel like you're being served in a quiet art gallery with linens and fine china. No detail was overlooked by the staff, even fresh roses and beautiful music details like Josh Groban. I highly recommend this setting for an intimate 15-20 person dinner or tea. Angel is the master at service and you won't be disappointed. It was $38 for grand tea without taxes and gratuity. You won't be disappointed if you're hosting a nice event.

Pros: Ambience, parking outside, service, selection of teas

Cons: Need more sandwiches because they are so good

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The service was incomplete.
The place was empty, but some of our party never got served tea. That tells me they have a poor attention span.
The head waiter/manager was condescending to our host, . . .
especially when the prices we were quoted were $10 more than the prices listed in the menu
and our head server seemd like he was trying to pull a fast one.
Gratuity is included in your bill, kind of insulting considering the poor service.
Maybe we caught them when they were having a bad day, but you must be aware of your prices.
The atmosphere was nice.
The art show on display was a nice touch.
we left unhappy overall

1
★★☆☆☆

The service was incomplete.
The place was empty, but some of our party never got served tea. That tells me they have a poor attention span.
The head waiter/manager was condescending to our host, . . .
especially when the prices we were quoted were $10 more than the prices listed in the menu
and our head server seemd like he was trying to pull a fast one.
Gratuity is included in your bill, kind of insulting considering the poor service.
Maybe we caught them when they were having a bad day, but you must be aware of your prices.
The atmosphere was nice.
The art show on display was a nice touch.
we left unhappy overall

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Poor Service

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This place has no clue what it is doing. They need to let people sit in the restaurant without employees constantly harassing tables.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place has no clue what it is doing. They need to let people sit in the restaurant without employees constantly harassing tables.

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This is a wonderful place that serves great teas, delicious scones and phenomenal soups. The service is impeccable and they have traditional proper tea service with mini sandwiches, scones and sweets that is served on a triple tier plate.

The furnishings are elegant and subdued and it's a nice alternative to the hyperactivity of so many other Meatpacking hot spots like Pastis and Spice. They play classical music and have live concerts on weekend nights. The walls are filled with beautiful large paintings that will rotate every few months. The wait staff is well trained and very accommodating. The chef makes all the food on premises including the complimentary post-meal chocolate truffles(!)

Brunch includes blintzes, pancakes, light-as-a-feather french toast and fresh fruit. The tea list is extensive and they have a large wine list by the glass. This is a very special place that is still a bit of a secret. Go now and take a little respite with some great tea and food!

2
★★★★★

This is a wonderful place that serves great teas, delicious scones and phenomenal soups. The service is impeccable and they have traditional proper tea service with mini sandwiches, scones and sweets that is served on a triple tier plate.

The furnishings are elegant and subdued and it's a nice alternative to the hyperactivity of so many other Meatpacking hot spots like Pastis and Spice. They play classical music and have live concerts on weekend nights. The walls are filled with beautiful large paintings that will rotate every few months. The wait staff is well trained and very accommodating. The chef makes all the food on premises including the complimentary post-meal chocolate truffles(!)

Brunch includes blintzes, pancakes, light-as-a-feather french toast and fresh fruit. The tea list is extensive and they have a large wine list by the glass. This is a very special place that is still a bit of a secret. Go now and take a little respite with some great tea and food!

Pros: Great scones, tea, soups and sandwiches; lovely ambience

Cons: none

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You must visit this wonderful new spot in the Meatpacking District and try the delicious Blintzes. They're out of this world. They also serve the best scones around! Great food and wonderful attentive service in a peaceful atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

You must visit this wonderful new spot in the Meatpacking District and try the delicious Blintzes. They're out of this world. They also serve the best scones around! Great food and wonderful attentive service in a peaceful atmosphere.

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I agree with the other reviews. Great tea, great service, great atmosphere. I plan on returning to Arium many times. I was, however, sad to learn that scones are not available on the lunch menu--they're available later in the day after lunch.

2
★★★★★

I agree with the other reviews. Great tea, great service, great atmosphere. I plan on returning to Arium many times. I was, however, sad to learn that scones are not available on the lunch menu--they're available later in the day after lunch.

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Everything from tea selection to service is absolutely fabulous! It is my new favorite tea & lunch place. I would definitely return here.

2
★★★★★

Everything from tea selection to service is absolutely fabulous! It is my new favorite tea & lunch place. I would definitely return here.

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I have been here for tea almost 5 times now and every time I am awed by the atmosphere and the high quality of the tea and food. It seems like there are a hundred different kinds of tea on the menu (each with its own description!). There are 3 different types of tea courses - a scone one (served with lemon curd, clotted cream, jam & marmalade), a mini sandwich course, and a dessert course. You can get any combination of them. I recommend ALL of them! They are so good.
The space is also beautiful -- airy and serene. I also saw a flyer last time I was there that announced some piano concerts that are coming up. Perfect!

2
★★★★★

I have been here for tea almost 5 times now and every time I am awed by the atmosphere and the high quality of the tea and food. It seems like there are a hundred different kinds of tea on the menu (each with its own description!). There are 3 different types of tea courses - a scone one (served with lemon curd, clotted cream, jam & marmalade), a mini sandwich course, and a dessert course. You can get any combination of them. I recommend ALL of them! They are so good.
The space is also beautiful -- airy and serene. I also saw a flyer last time I was there that announced some piano concerts that are coming up. Perfect!

Pros: huge tea list, fantastic food, great ambience

Cons: none!

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This is a lovely spot, recently opened in the Meat-Packing District. Open for lunch, serving a very interesting selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. The main reason to go however, is the stunning afternoon tea service. Probably the finest afternoon tea in NYC, with mouthwatering scones, amazing tea sandwiches of all types and unbelievable sweets, and a to-die-for tea list with almost every type of tea available. The service is simply outstanding.

2
★★★★★

This is a lovely spot, recently opened in the Meat-Packing District. Open for lunch, serving a very interesting selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. The main reason to go however, is the stunning afternoon tea service. Probably the finest afternoon tea in NYC, with mouthwatering scones, amazing tea sandwiches of all types and unbelievable sweets, and a to-die-for tea list with almost every type of tea available. The service is simply outstanding.

Pros: amazing tea list, amazing food, great service

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if you are looking for the perfect NYC tea time, this is it. forget all the other places (and we are lucky to have some very good places), drop everything and RUN to arium. the space is breathtaking. the ambience is tranquil. the service is fabulous and most importantly the food is FABULOUS and generously portioned. the full tea tray for $35 is a satisfying and well balanced (large) meal. there are over 100 teas to select from and these are not your average ho hum teas. they are top quality blends. love love LOVE it. an exceptional experience. an event!!

2
★★★★★

if you are looking for the perfect NYC tea time, this is it. forget all the other places (and we are lucky to have some very good places), drop everything and RUN to arium. the space is breathtaking. the ambience is tranquil. the service is fabulous and most importantly the food is FABULOUS and generously portioned. the full tea tray for $35 is a satisfying and well balanced (large) meal. there are over 100 teas to select from and these are not your average ho hum teas. they are top quality blends. love love LOVE it. an exceptional experience. an event!!

Pros: divine food, fabulous ambience, tremendous experience

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A sunny spacious drawing room encourages lounging over royal tea service--equipped with precious antique pots and cups from the owner's private collection. Organic nibbles favor the international: Asian-based…

 

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