Tea and Sympathy

★★★★☆
  • 108-110 Greenwich Ave

    New York, NY 10011

    Cross street: nr. 13th St.

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  • 212-807-8329

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Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm

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Despite being incredibly small and cramped, Tea & Sympathy is one of my faves in the neighborhood. Some of the food e.g breakfast is better then you'll find in some parts of England. The only drawback is the amount of families that come

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★★★★★

Despite being incredibly small and cramped, Tea & Sympathy is one of my faves in the neighborhood. Some of the food e.g breakfast is better then you'll find in some parts of England. The only drawback is the amount of families that come

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Went here once ... crowded ... rude staff ... and I've had better teas at danal in the east village and la bergamote in chelsea ... even sara beth's in the chelsea market would be a much better choice. This place is strictly for the

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★★★★★

Went here once ... crowded ... rude staff ... and I've had better teas at danal in the east village and la bergamote in chelsea ... even sara beth's in the chelsea market would be a much better choice. This place is strictly for the

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Go here if you're not in a rush because the limited seating likely means you'll be waiting for a table. The food itself was delicious, and traditionally British. We had a great chicken pie and the Sunday roast with beef. Bring your

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★★★★★

Go here if you're not in a rush because the limited seating likely means you'll be waiting for a table. The food itself was delicious, and traditionally British. We had a great chicken pie and the Sunday roast with beef. Bring your

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So Saturday morning, I was excited to have scouted out a new lunch spot to explore. My sister happened to be visiting, and she is vegetarian... and I'm pretty much a walking dictionary for dining, unless you are one of my vegetarian friends, in which case, you're SOL. I peeked at the food menu, and thought, hey, this place could work for vegetarians! Albeit the menu did seem a little small, but we went anyway.

As everyone else has said, this IS an oasis in Midtown. Sitting here feels like you're at the Japanese version of Borders... but with lots of tea. Any maybe not that many books (I think the idea is that you bring your own books?) So maybe Borders is a bad analogy, but you get the idea.

Let's get to the food part. EVERYTHING is handmade, which means it's DELICIOUS, but also takes an eternity to make. Handmade dumplings? Delicious. Miso soup from scratch? Delicious. Rice balls? Yes, please. Unforunately, I've already covered pretty much half of the food menu. It is a small menu, indeed. In fact, that is the sole reason I am docking a star.

If you are a tea connoisseur, you MUST try this place. I'm pretty sure the tea menu is larger than the dinner and lunch menu. Now that I think about it, I've been here 3 times, and I've never even ordered tea... is that weird?

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★★★☆☆

So Saturday morning, I was excited to have scouted out a new lunch spot to explore. My sister happened to be visiting, and she is vegetarian... and I'm pretty much a walking dictionary for dining, unless you are one of my vegetarian friends, in which case, you're SOL. I peeked at the food menu, and thought, hey, this place could work for vegetarians! Albeit the menu did seem a little small, but we went anyway.

As everyone else has said, this IS an oasis in Midtown. Sitting here feels like you're at the Japanese version of Borders... but with lots of tea. Any maybe not that many books (I think the idea is that you bring your own books?) So maybe Borders is a bad analogy, but you get the idea.

Let's get to the food part. EVERYTHING is handmade, which means it's DELICIOUS, but also takes an eternity to make. Handmade dumplings? Delicious. Miso soup from scratch? Delicious. Rice balls? Yes, please. Unforunately, I've already covered pretty much half of the food menu. It is a small menu, indeed. In fact, that is the sole reason I am docking a star.

If you are a tea connoisseur, you MUST try this place. I'm pretty sure the tea menu is larger than the dinner and lunch menu. Now that I think about it, I've been here 3 times, and I've never even ordered tea... is that weird?

Pros: nice chai latte

Cons: too crowded

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fantasic breakfast at weekends, friendly, a true gem.

sunday roast average, but everything else tip top

keep up the good work

rule brittania.

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★★★★★

fantasic breakfast at weekends, friendly, a true gem.

sunday roast average, but everything else tip top

keep up the good work

rule brittania.

Pros: breakfast of champions, staff

Cons: $$$

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Sullen, lumpen, potato-faced girls that must have come to the States thinking they could get work as au pairs, and ended up here. They think they??re posh, but they??re all East Enders and Liverpudlians ?? and it shows. And it??s obvious they take their cue from the owner. Never polite, she??s long since gone over the edge into psychosis, shrieking at everyone who dares set foot in her establishmentment. It used to be good food with rude service. Now, it's as though she only keeps the place going so she can have a steady stream of people to scream at. Does ANYbody really need a plate of mushy peas THAT badly?

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★☆☆☆☆

Sullen, lumpen, potato-faced girls that must have come to the States thinking they could get work as au pairs, and ended up here. They think they??re posh, but they??re all East Enders and Liverpudlians ?? and it shows. And it??s obvious they take their cue from the owner. Never polite, she??s long since gone over the edge into psychosis, shrieking at everyone who dares set foot in her establishmentment. It used to be good food with rude service. Now, it's as though she only keeps the place going so she can have a steady stream of people to scream at. Does ANYbody really need a plate of mushy peas THAT badly?

Pros: None

Cons: Rudest service anywhere in the civilized world

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If I could eat here every day, I would. Best hole in the wall british place this side of the pond. Amazing teas that come in cute eclectic teapots for your table! The cranberry lamb pie is heaven! Expect a long wait if you go on the weekends, David Bowie had his birthday party here once!!!

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★★★★★

If I could eat here every day, I would. Best hole in the wall british place this side of the pond. Amazing teas that come in cute eclectic teapots for your table! The cranberry lamb pie is heaven! Expect a long wait if you go on the weekends, David Bowie had his birthday party here once!!!

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There's something about Tea & Sympathy! That's is all I'd like to say. But wait, Citysearch wants me to say more. That's okay, I understand Citysearch. But alas, I've said what I needed to say. Shall I use loremipsumnow?

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★★★★★

There's something about Tea & Sympathy! That's is all I'd like to say. But wait, Citysearch wants me to say more. That's okay, I understand Citysearch. But alas, I've said what I needed to say. Shall I use loremipsumnow?

Pros: good food, better pints, and yorkshire pudding!

Cons: always a huge wait

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If I could give Tea & Sympathy 6 stars, I would. The tea is the best in New York and the food is equally delicious. The waitstaff are always friendly and helpful, even when the place is packed. Be sure to try the crumpets and scones, they're to die for. The quality of the food is well worth the wait, which can be more than an hour on weekends.

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★★★★★

If I could give Tea & Sympathy 6 stars, I would. The tea is the best in New York and the food is equally delicious. The waitstaff are always friendly and helpful, even when the place is packed. Be sure to try the crumpets and scones, they're to die for. The quality of the food is well worth the wait, which can be more than an hour on weekends.

Pros: Great food, service, ambience

Cons: Long wait

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Excuse the title, but this was one of the most insane and grossly disappointing experiences I've had in my 10+ years here in NYC.
Yes, I understand quirky charms, and I completely agree with policies to ensure that small dining establishments can seat diners fairly, like not seating your party until everyone is present.
But this place has gone off the deep end.
I met a friend of mine who was not feeling well for lunch at 1.30pm on a weekday. I was not planning on eating, and she was already seated. I walked in, having dined there several times before, and the place was more than half empty.
As soon as I sat down I was accosted by a nervous waitress who kept stuttering something about RULES, rules, rules, and how I can not join an existing party that has already been seated. According to these rules, we either have to be seated together when we come in or I have to sit separately, I guess? I was told to go next door and ask the owner "PERMISSION" to sit with my friend. Seriously.
So, being a polite guest and respectful of bizarre rules, I comply, only to encounter more rudeness by the owner who barely took a moment to listen to me, and just said "these are the rules and they're not meant to be broken by anyone!"
Fine.
Walked back next door, hysterically laughing, told my friend that I can't sit with her. (is this grade school?). And so we walked out, just as the food was being brought out to the table.

We were chased for 3 blocks by an angry screaming brit about how we have committed a theft of service.

Tea & Sympathy: If you choose to have these bizarre rules and decide to exercise your rights to decline service based on these rules, then deal with people respectfully leaving your establishment.

Buyer beware: If you like being treated like a grade school student at a boarding school, then you'll love Tea & Sympathy. Otherwise, there is no shortage of incredible places to eat in NY with incredible service.

ENJOY!

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★☆☆☆☆

Excuse the title, but this was one of the most insane and grossly disappointing experiences I've had in my 10+ years here in NYC.
Yes, I understand quirky charms, and I completely agree with policies to ensure that small dining establishments can seat diners fairly, like not seating your party until everyone is present.
But this place has gone off the deep end.
I met a friend of mine who was not feeling well for lunch at 1.30pm on a weekday. I was not planning on eating, and she was already seated. I walked in, having dined there several times before, and the place was more than half empty.
As soon as I sat down I was accosted by a nervous waitress who kept stuttering something about RULES, rules, rules, and how I can not join an existing party that has already been seated. According to these rules, we either have to be seated together when we come in or I have to sit separately, I guess? I was told to go next door and ask the owner "PERMISSION" to sit with my friend. Seriously.
So, being a polite guest and respectful of bizarre rules, I comply, only to encounter more rudeness by the owner who barely took a moment to listen to me, and just said "these are the rules and they're not meant to be broken by anyone!"
Fine.
Walked back next door, hysterically laughing, told my friend that I can't sit with her. (is this grade school?). And so we walked out, just as the food was being brought out to the table.

We were chased for 3 blocks by an angry screaming brit about how we have committed a theft of service.

Tea & Sympathy: If you choose to have these bizarre rules and decide to exercise your rights to decline service based on these rules, then deal with people respectfully leaving your establishment.

Buyer beware: If you like being treated like a grade school student at a boarding school, then you'll love Tea & Sympathy. Otherwise, there is no shortage of incredible places to eat in NY with incredible service.

ENJOY!

Cons: They're just missing a whip to enforce their eccentric rules

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I've seen a lot of complaints of rudeness, something that I have never experienced. Nikki the owner, can be gruff at times, but is usually very charming and the waitstaff have always been lovely. The food is a bit overpriced, but I've never ordered anything that I didn't enjoy immensely and the tea is brewed perfectly. Make sure that you don't leave without have the Sticky toffee pudding, it's to die for!

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★★★★☆

I've seen a lot of complaints of rudeness, something that I have never experienced. Nikki the owner, can be gruff at times, but is usually very charming and the waitstaff have always been lovely. The food is a bit overpriced, but I've never ordered anything that I didn't enjoy immensely and the tea is brewed perfectly. Make sure that you don't leave without have the Sticky toffee pudding, it's to die for!

Pros: Good food and tea, desserts to die for

Cons: Tiny space

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The management and waitstaff is the rudest I have ever encountered in a restaurant, and the food is mediocre at best -- very bland, not tasty. The waitstaff was utterly impolite. Most shocking, we told them when we sat down that we would have three people. When the third person showed up, the manager began yelling at us, literally phsychotically screaming before we had a chance to say anything, that their policy is that you cannot add guests to your table once you sit down -- despite the fact that we told the waitress we were three people. The restaurant was completely empty at the time. Do not ever come to a restaurant like this -- there is sooo much better in New York.

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★☆☆☆☆

The management and waitstaff is the rudest I have ever encountered in a restaurant, and the food is mediocre at best -- very bland, not tasty. The waitstaff was utterly impolite. Most shocking, we told them when we sat down that we would have three people. When the third person showed up, the manager began yelling at us, literally phsychotically screaming before we had a chance to say anything, that their policy is that you cannot add guests to your table once you sit down -- despite the fact that we told the waitress we were three people. The restaurant was completely empty at the time. Do not ever come to a restaurant like this -- there is sooo much better in New York.

Pros: None

Cons: Awful, rude, abominable service and bad food

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After reading some negative reviews, I was not sure whether to go here for tea on a recent trip to New York. But, my aunt loves her hot tea (I'm a coffee girl) and we were hungry for lunch. The waitresses were kind, took our pictures, and most agreeable to our needs. The room is VERY small, but we thought that added to the atmosphere and just enjoyed briefly chatting with our neighbors.
We ordered the tea service for two which was way more than we could eat even though we had not eaten any lunch. It was about 3:00pm, half full of folks and it seemed they seated us at the smallest table. A little crowded, but oh so fun for two old southern ladies on a big NYC Christmas trip.
We also went next door to buy a teapot and met the owner, Nickky. She was most helpful and nice. She knew we were tourists and took a good bit of time while I made up my mind on what to buy. I would highly recommend a visit.

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★★★★★

After reading some negative reviews, I was not sure whether to go here for tea on a recent trip to New York. But, my aunt loves her hot tea (I'm a coffee girl) and we were hungry for lunch. The waitresses were kind, took our pictures, and most agreeable to our needs. The room is VERY small, but we thought that added to the atmosphere and just enjoyed briefly chatting with our neighbors.
We ordered the tea service for two which was way more than we could eat even though we had not eaten any lunch. It was about 3:00pm, half full of folks and it seemed they seated us at the smallest table. A little crowded, but oh so fun for two old southern ladies on a big NYC Christmas trip.
We also went next door to buy a teapot and met the owner, Nickky. She was most helpful and nice. She knew we were tourists and took a good bit of time while I made up my mind on what to buy. I would highly recommend a visit.

Pros: Good tea and food.

Cons: Small, tight seating and tables.

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I use to like this place but now there fame has made them all act like they are special. The staff here are some of the worst in NYC with the owner leading by example. i remember when she was a nice lady but now I see her treating people like she is better then them. Its a real shame as the english grub is good and worth trying but watching people being treated like dirt puts me of my food

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★☆☆☆☆

I use to like this place but now there fame has made them all act like they are special. The staff here are some of the worst in NYC with the owner leading by example. i remember when she was a nice lady but now I see her treating people like she is better then them. Its a real shame as the english grub is good and worth trying but watching people being treated like dirt puts me of my food

Pros: Food

Cons: Staff and Owner and size

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While I didn't have the same experience of rude service, as some of the other reviewers, I did find this place to be extremely overpriced for the quality. The scones are nothing more original than regular Bisquick and small at that for the price of 2 for $6. The house salad wasn't bad and, thankfully, the vegetables were fresh. The chicken salad, however, was dreadful. There was virtually no celery or crunchiness, too much mayo, and the chicken was undoubtedly from a can.

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★★☆☆☆

While I didn't have the same experience of rude service, as some of the other reviewers, I did find this place to be extremely overpriced for the quality. The scones are nothing more original than regular Bisquick and small at that for the price of 2 for $6. The house salad wasn't bad and, thankfully, the vegetables were fresh. The chicken salad, however, was dreadful. There was virtually no celery or crunchiness, too much mayo, and the chicken was undoubtedly from a can.

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Good stuff. They really need a bit more table space, I suggest combining the store next door with the restaurant, but I understand their policies of 'no holding a table' and 'sit where you're told'.

If you can time it right, and know your companions well enough that an elbow under a neighbor's chin is okay, you'll love the tea (expertly prepared) and food. I'm vegetarian and selection is good.

Next door, however, they seemed to have long ago dropped their clotted cream fudge and had no explanation.

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★★★★☆

Good stuff. They really need a bit more table space, I suggest combining the store next door with the restaurant, but I understand their policies of 'no holding a table' and 'sit where you're told'.

If you can time it right, and know your companions well enough that an elbow under a neighbor's chin is okay, you'll love the tea (expertly prepared) and food. I'm vegetarian and selection is good.

Next door, however, they seemed to have long ago dropped their clotted cream fudge and had no explanation.

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Cor Blimey, Guvnor! Its like a little piece of old England upped sticks and moved to the West Village.
Its a bit pricey for what it is, but the Welsh Rarebit was so good I didn't mind parting with my dollars and would definitely go back for more. Scones with jam and cream for pudding were melt in the mouth delicious. This is carb laden UK comfort food at its best, one of these meals should cover calorie requirements for a couple of days!

When we visited the service was great, the rules on the door are a bit off-putting at first but given the tiny space it makes sense to regulate table usage, and there is something 'oh so English' about following rules just for the sake of having a rule to follow, that and queue formation when its not strictly necessary.

The caff and its neighbouring shop are theatrical in their Englishness, a parody of an England that has disappeared but definitely worth a visit. It is charming in a rude English sort of way, which seems to be the point.

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★★★★☆

Cor Blimey, Guvnor! Its like a little piece of old England upped sticks and moved to the West Village.
Its a bit pricey for what it is, but the Welsh Rarebit was so good I didn't mind parting with my dollars and would definitely go back for more. Scones with jam and cream for pudding were melt in the mouth delicious. This is carb laden UK comfort food at its best, one of these meals should cover calorie requirements for a couple of days!

When we visited the service was great, the rules on the door are a bit off-putting at first but given the tiny space it makes sense to regulate table usage, and there is something 'oh so English' about following rules just for the sake of having a rule to follow, that and queue formation when its not strictly necessary.

The caff and its neighbouring shop are theatrical in their Englishness, a parody of an England that has disappeared but definitely worth a visit. It is charming in a rude English sort of way, which seems to be the point.

Pros: great stodgy food

Cons: teeny tiny space, the loo is for stick people!

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The food is mediocre, but that pales in comparison to the hostile, rude service. I have never had a meal so ruined by the staff of a restaurant. The owner, who seemed friendly at first, was ultimately loud and intrusive. First, her staff seated the three of us at a TINY table. When my friend asked if we might move to one of the empty tables in the room, she was brusquely told that those (empty) tables had to be held in case a party of four came in. When my friend dared to question her, the waitress said "Well if you don't like it you're welcome to leave." Stunned, my friend started to respond when the waitress cut her off: "Really, go on and leave. I don't mind." Moments later, a young man came and sat at another table. The waitress asked him what he'd like and he indicated that a friend was on his way, and that he needed to wait to order. The staff freaked out, yelling that only full parties were to be seated. "I'm sorry," he said. "I've never been here before, and I'm never coming back." With that, he put on his coat and stormed out. I wish I had followed him. My salad was uninspired, and the soup was straight out of a can. The biggest irony is that the owner is spearheading an idiotic campaign to designate Greenwich Avenue "Little Britain" in order to attract more people-- as though she and her staff know the first thing about hospitality! No manners, and no more business from me.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is mediocre, but that pales in comparison to the hostile, rude service. I have never had a meal so ruined by the staff of a restaurant. The owner, who seemed friendly at first, was ultimately loud and intrusive. First, her staff seated the three of us at a TINY table. When my friend asked if we might move to one of the empty tables in the room, she was brusquely told that those (empty) tables had to be held in case a party of four came in. When my friend dared to question her, the waitress said "Well if you don't like it you're welcome to leave." Stunned, my friend started to respond when the waitress cut her off: "Really, go on and leave. I don't mind." Moments later, a young man came and sat at another table. The waitress asked him what he'd like and he indicated that a friend was on his way, and that he needed to wait to order. The staff freaked out, yelling that only full parties were to be seated. "I'm sorry," he said. "I've never been here before, and I'm never coming back." With that, he put on his coat and stormed out. I wish I had followed him. My salad was uninspired, and the soup was straight out of a can. The biggest irony is that the owner is spearheading an idiotic campaign to designate Greenwich Avenue "Little Britain" in order to attract more people-- as though she and her staff know the first thing about hospitality! No manners, and no more business from me.

Cons: Witches who run the place.

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I go for the pies. They're fantastic, probably better than they need to be, really, and good and hot. I see other diners have commented on the rudeness of the staff. I've never experienced this, nor have I ever been anything other than happy with my interactions. Perhaps being pleasant-looking and polite helps. Dessert, too, (esp. the bread-and-butter pudding) is essential, if you can fit it.

Would be even better if they served beer.

I've never been for tea, but the teas themselves are nice, if you like that sort of thing.

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★★★★★

I go for the pies. They're fantastic, probably better than they need to be, really, and good and hot. I see other diners have commented on the rudeness of the staff. I've never experienced this, nor have I ever been anything other than happy with my interactions. Perhaps being pleasant-looking and polite helps. Dessert, too, (esp. the bread-and-butter pudding) is essential, if you can fit it.

Would be even better if they served beer.

I've never been for tea, but the teas themselves are nice, if you like that sort of thing.

Pros: pies; desserts; possibly the smallest bathroom in the city

Cons: sometimes you will have to wait

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Oh dear. I was jonesing for some English grub so thought I would give this place a try. First off: they are rude! Second of all the food is eyewateringly expensive for what it is. Thirdly, the place smells of frying (but its a restaurant I hear you cry). Yes, but this place needs an extractor fan, my wool coat stank of frying for two days after (nojoke). I will only visit again under extreme circumstances, when the need for English food becomes overwhelming!

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★☆☆☆☆

Oh dear. I was jonesing for some English grub so thought I would give this place a try. First off: they are rude! Second of all the food is eyewateringly expensive for what it is. Thirdly, the place smells of frying (but its a restaurant I hear you cry). Yes, but this place needs an extractor fan, my wool coat stank of frying for two days after (nojoke). I will only visit again under extreme circumstances, when the need for English food becomes overwhelming!

Pros: Authentic English food

Cons: Way too expensive, rude staff, lingering smells

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The setting is very quaint which is nice if you want to eat off your neighbor?s platter besides the quaint feeling the food is lacking as well as the tea. And the overall customer service well there is no such thing?No customer service at all?rude is the choice of word as how I would describe the overall feeling of this tea house.

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★★☆☆☆

The setting is very quaint which is nice if you want to eat off your neighbor?s platter besides the quaint feeling the food is lacking as well as the tea. And the overall customer service well there is no such thing?No customer service at all?rude is the choice of word as how I would describe the overall feeling of this tea house.

Pros: Cute

Cons: tea and service

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I visited this place a few times about 4 years ago. I thought the food was good so I took a friend who was visiting from overseas there. We were unaware of the "rules", which are apparently posted in the menu for "people who don't understand"!!!!-whatever that means. So we left our change as a tip. It wasn't double the tax-which is one of the "rules", so the waitress, who at first accepted it, placed it back on the table and informed us that we needed to double the tax in order to make the tip acceptable. We were shocked and embarrassed. The place is the size of a matchbox so everyone could hear what she said. And you'd better believe she was serious!!! So, we gave her the tip she requested, in order to keep the peace and we left.
I had spoken once or twice before with the owner and she seemed polite at first. So I felt confident that she would not appreciate her waitress' behavior. I wrote a letter of complaint and requested that she follow up with me by telephone. She did follow up with me but her behavior was even worse than the waitress'. To cut a long story short, she informed me that she did not believe my story about the rudeness of the waitress' behavior. "None of her girls have attitude", she claimed. Yeah, right!!! And furthermore, our tip was an "insult" and we deserved the treatment that we got. "These girls don't make much money," she said, "They depend on the tips they make to survive". Well, whose fault is that? Isn't SHE responsible for their pay? She was insulted by the fact that I dared to complain-especially when I requested that smokers be asked to light up outside. "It was my choice to come in", she told me. Never mind that she knew that I liked the food and that I had visited her place many times before and brought others there. The customer is always right? Not in THAT little piece of England!!! So I've never been back. There are several English restaurants in New York , thank God!!! She doesn't need my money and I don't need her food!!!

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★★★☆☆

I visited this place a few times about 4 years ago. I thought the food was good so I took a friend who was visiting from overseas there. We were unaware of the "rules", which are apparently posted in the menu for "people who don't understand"!!!!-whatever that means. So we left our change as a tip. It wasn't double the tax-which is one of the "rules", so the waitress, who at first accepted it, placed it back on the table and informed us that we needed to double the tax in order to make the tip acceptable. We were shocked and embarrassed. The place is the size of a matchbox so everyone could hear what she said. And you'd better believe she was serious!!! So, we gave her the tip she requested, in order to keep the peace and we left.
I had spoken once or twice before with the owner and she seemed polite at first. So I felt confident that she would not appreciate her waitress' behavior. I wrote a letter of complaint and requested that she follow up with me by telephone. She did follow up with me but her behavior was even worse than the waitress'. To cut a long story short, she informed me that she did not believe my story about the rudeness of the waitress' behavior. "None of her girls have attitude", she claimed. Yeah, right!!! And furthermore, our tip was an "insult" and we deserved the treatment that we got. "These girls don't make much money," she said, "They depend on the tips they make to survive". Well, whose fault is that? Isn't SHE responsible for their pay? She was insulted by the fact that I dared to complain-especially when I requested that smokers be asked to light up outside. "It was my choice to come in", she told me. Never mind that she knew that I liked the food and that I had visited her place many times before and brought others there. The customer is always right? Not in THAT little piece of England!!! So I've never been back. There are several English restaurants in New York , thank God!!! She doesn't need my money and I don't need her food!!!

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Harassment for high tips, disrespectful service, non existent customer service ,expensive food

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If you want to know how bland English food truly is, go here. The desserts are ok if you don't mind fasting for a week after. The service is truly disgusting. I went with my husband and son on Fri night, they told us we had to wait till my husband came as there were other people waiting. There was no one waiting, 5 tables were empty. After us a man sat down not aware of their policy. His 9 month pregnant wife and her friend came in 15 min later only to be told they couldn't join him! They kicked out a 9 month pregnant woman and her friend. 7 tables were empty. Typical English absurdity, they can't even bend the rules for a pregnant woman when most of the place was empty. Also you come out of there smelling like their kitchen before the smoking ban you came out of there smelling like an ashtray. NEVER AGAIN! Maybe it'll be replaced witha Startbucks soon.

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★★☆☆☆

If you want to know how bland English food truly is, go here. The desserts are ok if you don't mind fasting for a week after. The service is truly disgusting. I went with my husband and son on Fri night, they told us we had to wait till my husband came as there were other people waiting. There was no one waiting, 5 tables were empty. After us a man sat down not aware of their policy. His 9 month pregnant wife and her friend came in 15 min later only to be told they couldn't join him! They kicked out a 9 month pregnant woman and her friend. 7 tables were empty. Typical English absurdity, they can't even bend the rules for a pregnant woman when most of the place was empty. Also you come out of there smelling like their kitchen before the smoking ban you came out of there smelling like an ashtray. NEVER AGAIN! Maybe it'll be replaced witha Startbucks soon.

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Not recommended - thought I would gie it a second chance - but waitresses are extremely rude & generally just want you to eat & leave. I cant believe i gave it another chance - absolutley terrible.

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★★★☆☆

Not recommended - thought I would gie it a second chance - but waitresses are extremely rude & generally just want you to eat & leave. I cant believe i gave it another chance - absolutley terrible.

Pros: NONE

Cons: SERVICE, SPACE, FOOD, ETTIQUETTE

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After speaking w/ others about the situation I will soon mention, we've all concluded that what I experienced two weeks ago is not typical Brit behavior..though Brits are not usually overly-nice, they are at least respectably diplomatic and have tact - the proprieters of T&S are clearly lower class. To make a long story short, we walked in with three people. We are regulars, & they have always been nice. We've talked w/ the owner about the neighborhood, chatted, etc. We order, eat, and leave. We don't linger & always follow the "rules". Yet for some reason this particular morning, the waitress, who in turn told the owner - had the absurd idea that we were trying to finagle our seating. When trying to explain what we were doing (which was following the rules), she would't even listen & made a rambling, loud & despicable scene that would redden the face of any hard-nosed /thickskinned new yorker. She RUINED the rest of my day with her yelling-as well as everyone else's who was in the tiny restaurant. It was disgraceful. I happened to be with one of the most influential people in New York City & he was completely in shock and disgust. I love the food here, but I will never ever return. She is callous & simply MEAN. If you want to risk catching her on a bad day, please go and enjoy the delicious food. Otherwise, save your tears for something else worth crying over. As for these blokes, while I think the food brilliant - it certainly makes no difference how good it is if you're too upset to digest it. Cheers!

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★☆☆☆☆

After speaking w/ others about the situation I will soon mention, we've all concluded that what I experienced two weeks ago is not typical Brit behavior..though Brits are not usually overly-nice, they are at least respectably diplomatic and have tact - the proprieters of T&S are clearly lower class. To make a long story short, we walked in with three people. We are regulars, & they have always been nice. We've talked w/ the owner about the neighborhood, chatted, etc. We order, eat, and leave. We don't linger & always follow the "rules". Yet for some reason this particular morning, the waitress, who in turn told the owner - had the absurd idea that we were trying to finagle our seating. When trying to explain what we were doing (which was following the rules), she would't even listen & made a rambling, loud & despicable scene that would redden the face of any hard-nosed /thickskinned new yorker. She RUINED the rest of my day with her yelling-as well as everyone else's who was in the tiny restaurant. It was disgraceful. I happened to be with one of the most influential people in New York City & he was completely in shock and disgust. I love the food here, but I will never ever return. She is callous & simply MEAN. If you want to risk catching her on a bad day, please go and enjoy the delicious food. Otherwise, save your tears for something else worth crying over. As for these blokes, while I think the food brilliant - it certainly makes no difference how good it is if you're too upset to digest it. Cheers!

Pros: authentic british fare, great tea

Cons: customer abuse, tiny room, poor seating arrangement,

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Been a regular at Tea and sympathy for a while now and really enjoy the food everytime I go. The place is certainly small, thats nos secret , but if you can find one of the better tables two of you can have a great cosy bite to eat.
Waitress's are super friendly and cute, and the store next door is always lively and fun. The lads in there can be real entertianing, and oh so british.
Great selection of britsh candies and chocolates.
Also usually great delivery service

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★★★★☆

Been a regular at Tea and sympathy for a while now and really enjoy the food everytime I go. The place is certainly small, thats nos secret , but if you can find one of the better tables two of you can have a great cosy bite to eat.
Waitress's are super friendly and cute, and the store next door is always lively and fun. The lads in there can be real entertianing, and oh so british.
Great selection of britsh candies and chocolates.
Also usually great delivery service

Pros: Great british food

Cons: Small, often line to get a table

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This place is TERRIBLE! The food is overpriced, though somewhat authentic, and if you DO overlook the audacious RULES posted at the entrance and unwisely decide to give them your business, you will be served without a smile. When a friend passed by and wanted to join us, the waitress told us he had to leave - no matter how much money he was willing to spend, THE RULES on the door said no one could join a table. I was actually about to order tea and dessert, but they passed up at least $20 of business to kick us out, though the place was EMPTY! This was one of the worst dining experiences of my LIFE! The truly bizarre thing is that people in these sort of establishments in the UK are SO ACCOMMODATING! Not this place. They want your money and they want you OUT.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is TERRIBLE! The food is overpriced, though somewhat authentic, and if you DO overlook the audacious RULES posted at the entrance and unwisely decide to give them your business, you will be served without a smile. When a friend passed by and wanted to join us, the waitress told us he had to leave - no matter how much money he was willing to spend, THE RULES on the door said no one could join a table. I was actually about to order tea and dessert, but they passed up at least $20 of business to kick us out, though the place was EMPTY! This was one of the worst dining experiences of my LIFE! The truly bizarre thing is that people in these sort of establishments in the UK are SO ACCOMMODATING! Not this place. They want your money and they want you OUT.

Cons: Worst service EVER!

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Never had English food (and honestly, the reviews I had heard about said food were never all that great). That said, when I ordered the Shepards Pie with Beef, It was really surprising--as in surprisingly good. Peas and carrots on the side were simple and delicious. The service here is not really all that friendly and the Flat Coke she tried to pass off as Diet was awful but the cupcakes were delicious and the atmosphere quaint. I'd definitely go again.

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★★★★☆

Never had English food (and honestly, the reviews I had heard about said food were never all that great). That said, when I ordered the Shepards Pie with Beef, It was really surprising--as in surprisingly good. Peas and carrots on the side were simple and delicious. The service here is not really all that friendly and the Flat Coke she tried to pass off as Diet was awful but the cupcakes were delicious and the atmosphere quaint. I'd definitely go again.

Pros: Great Cupcakes, Authentic food

Cons: No fish and chips, cranky waitress

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I grew up in the UK and ate this type of food many times. Back home it's hard to find a good scotch egg or a steak and kidney pie, I kid you not. This lovely little spot serves the real deal, the way it was meant to be - honest, hearty and affordable (alas this stuff can never be healthy.) I love the atmosphere and the caring waitresses. Oh, and the tea is great too. Who knew that the perfect English meal would be found in New York.

2
★★★★☆

I grew up in the UK and ate this type of food many times. Back home it's hard to find a good scotch egg or a steak and kidney pie, I kid you not. This lovely little spot serves the real deal, the way it was meant to be - honest, hearty and affordable (alas this stuff can never be healthy.) I love the atmosphere and the caring waitresses. Oh, and the tea is great too. Who knew that the perfect English meal would be found in New York.

Pros: food, waitresses

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Very disappointing. As an expat I got the craving for some English grub and headed over to T&S. Oh dear. The very WORST of England distilled in to a cramped space. Horrible decor, rude staff and the place REEKS of frying. (Extractor fan?) I have to say I liked the food, but its way overpriced. I think next time I'll stick to their take-out (don't expect a heap of change from $50 though) or buy a tin of beans and heat it up myself.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very disappointing. As an expat I got the craving for some English grub and headed over to T&S. Oh dear. The very WORST of England distilled in to a cramped space. Horrible decor, rude staff and the place REEKS of frying. (Extractor fan?) I have to say I liked the food, but its way overpriced. I think next time I'll stick to their take-out (don't expect a heap of change from $50 though) or buy a tin of beans and heat it up myself.

Pros: English Food

Cons: Small, Smelly, Rude

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My family has been to England several times, and in the USA we're always craving and looking for authentic English Tea. We have never been able to find anything like T & S. I was a little nervous, when we saw how small it was, that my husband and daughter might find it a bit uncomfortable, but we loved everything about it. Absolutely charming, wonderful food, superb tea (per husband & daughter), and if you are a coffee person-the coffee was fab. The scones were awesome. A bit pricey, but well worth it, if that's what you are looking for. You have to 'get it', not for the typical American, not willing to enjoy something 'not American'. Can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

My family has been to England several times, and in the USA we're always craving and looking for authentic English Tea. We have never been able to find anything like T & S. I was a little nervous, when we saw how small it was, that my husband and daughter might find it a bit uncomfortable, but we loved everything about it. Absolutely charming, wonderful food, superb tea (per husband & daughter), and if you are a coffee person-the coffee was fab. The scones were awesome. A bit pricey, but well worth it, if that's what you are looking for. You have to 'get it', not for the typical American, not willing to enjoy something 'not American'. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: charming, cozy, delicious, , soo British!

Cons: a bit pricey

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Delicious English comfort food. Mac and cheese is highly recommded as is the chicken salad sandwich. Bangers & mash are good -ask for extra onion gravy. Teatime can be VERY crowded but it is tasty.

Don't be put off by the reviwers here who complain about the gruff service or the 'rules'-the waitresses are cheeky - not rude. As for the rule 'no partial groups sat', it is a teeny joint and they do not have the luxury for you to sip water while you wait for your friend. It is clearly stated that partial groups are NOT sat until all members are there. This is a common rule in smaller resturaunts and they strictly enforce it.

If you are looking for a polite, quiet place to linger and day-dream this ain't it, but if you want lively waitresses to go with tasty comfort food then this is your place.

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★★★★★

Delicious English comfort food. Mac and cheese is highly recommded as is the chicken salad sandwich. Bangers & mash are good -ask for extra onion gravy. Teatime can be VERY crowded but it is tasty.

Don't be put off by the reviwers here who complain about the gruff service or the 'rules'-the waitresses are cheeky - not rude. As for the rule 'no partial groups sat', it is a teeny joint and they do not have the luxury for you to sip water while you wait for your friend. It is clearly stated that partial groups are NOT sat until all members are there. This is a common rule in smaller resturaunts and they strictly enforce it.

If you are looking for a polite, quiet place to linger and day-dream this ain't it, but if you want lively waitresses to go with tasty comfort food then this is your place.

Pros: Lively and fun, Unpretentious, Authentic

Cons: Cramped, Rules strictly enforc

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The other day I went there at 5:30pm for quick tea, and the whole time I was there their service people made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, glaring at me, asking if I was finished yet. Then my friend arrived at 6pm to pick me up; neither of us were aware of their policy to refuse to seat any latecomers, which she wasn't. The owner lunged at her and shrieked that she couldn't come in, so loudly that the whole restaurant went quiet and stared at us. It was shocking for my friend who had no idea what was going on, and humiliating for me. They have a right to enforce any policy they want, but HOW they do it is another matter. I will NEVER go back there again and will suggest to my friends far and wide that they don't either.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The other day I went there at 5:30pm for quick tea, and the whole time I was there their service people made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, glaring at me, asking if I was finished yet. Then my friend arrived at 6pm to pick me up; neither of us were aware of their policy to refuse to seat any latecomers, which she wasn't. The owner lunged at her and shrieked that she couldn't come in, so loudly that the whole restaurant went quiet and stared at us. It was shocking for my friend who had no idea what was going on, and humiliating for me. They have a right to enforce any policy they want, but HOW they do it is another matter. I will NEVER go back there again and will suggest to my friends far and wide that they don't either.

Pros: Great tea, charming

Cons: rude service

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This tiny, adorable British restaurant serves, of course, delicious tea, in addition to other mysterious favorites like "welsh rarebit" (with marmite) and "bangers and mash." Personally I like to stick to tea and scones, which are expensive, but, with clotted cream and jam, always worth it. Because of the restaurant's popularity and tiny size, there is often a long wait to get in.

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★★★★★

This tiny, adorable British restaurant serves, of course, delicious tea, in addition to other mysterious favorites like "welsh rarebit" (with marmite) and "bangers and mash." Personally I like to stick to tea and scones, which are expensive, but, with clotted cream and jam, always worth it. Because of the restaurant's popularity and tiny size, there is often a long wait to get in.

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The tiniest palce, but so great for a filling breakfast! The tea is wonderful--lots of choices. The menu is straight from England and includes bangers and beans and fresh scones with clotted cream. Get in early--it fills up fast and you must wait outside because it's so small. Great for a girlfriends brunch!

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★★★★☆

The tiniest palce, but so great for a filling breakfast! The tea is wonderful--lots of choices. The menu is straight from England and includes bangers and beans and fresh scones with clotted cream. Get in early--it fills up fast and you must wait outside because it's so small. Great for a girlfriends brunch!

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Yes, T&S is a bit cramped, but on the rainy day my friend and I went, it actually added to the "coziness" of the meal. The food was just ok - maybe I would've been more impressed with another dish. However, the selection of teas is massive and our choices were spot-on delicious! A whole charming pot to yourself. It would be a lovely place to linger, providing there aren't other waiting to be seated.

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★★★☆☆

Yes, T&S is a bit cramped, but on the rainy day my friend and I went, it actually added to the "coziness" of the meal. The food was just ok - maybe I would've been more impressed with another dish. However, the selection of teas is massive and our choices were spot-on delicious! A whole charming pot to yourself. It would be a lovely place to linger, providing there aren't other waiting to be seated.

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American gal here who loves all things British. After watching my fav Britcoms, I wanted to try some of the traditional British foods, i.e. Beans on Toast, (by the way - these are all TO-DIE-FOR!) WelshRarebit, Cheese&Pickle Sandwich, Steak&Guinness pie, Chicken&Leek pie, Lentil Casserole, Cornish Pastry, Cheese&Onion Pastry. This place is fantastic! Who says British food is terrible? NOT ME! The menu is loaded with comfortfoods that Americans love, Bangers&Mash (Sausages&MashPotatos) Welsh Rarebit is like GrilledCheese - ONLY MUCH BETTER! Oh any by the way - handsdown - THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT - the place that has the best Mac&Cheese in the USA! Everything on the menu is delish as well. Oh and the TEA!!!!! So many choices - all of them so delicious. And don't get me started on the apple spotted dick for dessert - don't eat it or else you will want to move in here!

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★★★★★

American gal here who loves all things British. After watching my fav Britcoms, I wanted to try some of the traditional British foods, i.e. Beans on Toast, (by the way - these are all TO-DIE-FOR!) WelshRarebit, Cheese&Pickle Sandwich, Steak&Guinness pie, Chicken&Leek pie, Lentil Casserole, Cornish Pastry, Cheese&Onion Pastry. This place is fantastic! Who says British food is terrible? NOT ME! The menu is loaded with comfortfoods that Americans love, Bangers&Mash (Sausages&MashPotatos) Welsh Rarebit is like GrilledCheese - ONLY MUCH BETTER! Oh any by the way - handsdown - THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT - the place that has the best Mac&Cheese in the USA! Everything on the menu is delish as well. Oh and the TEA!!!!! So many choices - all of them so delicious. And don't get me started on the apple spotted dick for dessert - don't eat it or else you will want to move in here!

Pros: Delish Food, High Tea, Great Beverages

Cons: Small, Cramped, Children permitted

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They are direct about not wanting you to lounge around if others are waiting and aren't shy about scooting you out. But the food was amazing. My friend and I went for Sunday brunch and the wait wasn't too bad. We had the Full Veggie and the Bangers and Sausage plates, tea, coffee and treacle pudding for dessert, which was phenomenal. It's kind of on the expensive side, but you'll get a truly authentic British breakfast. I would definitely go back.

2
★★★★☆

They are direct about not wanting you to lounge around if others are waiting and aren't shy about scooting you out. But the food was amazing. My friend and I went for Sunday brunch and the wait wasn't too bad. We had the Full Veggie and the Bangers and Sausage plates, tea, coffee and treacle pudding for dessert, which was phenomenal. It's kind of on the expensive side, but you'll get a truly authentic British breakfast. I would definitely go back.

Pros: food, tea, authenticity

Cons: small space, the outside wait, ushered out

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If coming to Tea and Anthipathy (yea u heard me) during conventional dining hours, expect a good long wait on the curb till tables open up. Once inside 2 things immediately hit u. 1) The attention to detail put into the quaint British kitchen decor. 2) That u'll be seated about 2 inches from the next table. Expect your server to hurrily rush u a menu with another hurried rush to get u out. In between u'll be treated to some great tasting British grub at a reasonable price. I recommend the bangers and mash, if for no other reason than its just fun to say.

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★★★★☆

If coming to Tea and Anthipathy (yea u heard me) during conventional dining hours, expect a good long wait on the curb till tables open up. Once inside 2 things immediately hit u. 1) The attention to detail put into the quaint British kitchen decor. 2) That u'll be seated about 2 inches from the next table. Expect your server to hurrily rush u a menu with another hurried rush to get u out. In between u'll be treated to some great tasting British grub at a reasonable price. I recommend the bangers and mash, if for no other reason than its just fun to say.

Pros: Good Food, Quaint Atmosphere

Cons: , Rushed Service, Long Wait for Table

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I went with a friend on a Saturday afternoon for tea. We waited about 20 minutes, but it was worth it. We ordered the tea for two and were brought out a wonderful pot of tea and a three tiered tray of delicious sandwiches, scones, and other sweets. We walked away full and satisfied. The space is extremely small and your sitting on your neighbors lap, but worth it for the food and charm.

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★★★★★

I went with a friend on a Saturday afternoon for tea. We waited about 20 minutes, but it was worth it. We ordered the tea for two and were brought out a wonderful pot of tea and a three tiered tray of delicious sandwiches, scones, and other sweets. We walked away full and satisfied. The space is extremely small and your sitting on your neighbors lap, but worth it for the food and charm.

Pros: Charming

Cons: , Always a Wait

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A very good place to enjoy British style tea. The food is very tastey and they carry a number of items for vegetarians. They do not accept reservations, and have a policy of rushing people out when there is a number of people waiting. However, the food and tea still make the experience worth while.

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★★★★☆

A very good place to enjoy British style tea. The food is very tastey and they carry a number of items for vegetarians. They do not accept reservations, and have a policy of rushing people out when there is a number of people waiting. However, the food and tea still make the experience worth while.

Pros: Good Tea, Tastey Food

Cons: Crowded, No Reservations, Rushed Out

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English restaurants these days are well designed, and have always been clean. This place is FILTHY and it looks like the interior of a shed ! What a mess ! And when you come out the smell of welsh rarebit clings to you like, well, a bad smell. The food is nice, but then its pretty hard to screw up Myers sausages, mashed potatoes and tinned beans isn't it ? The staff are usually pretty rude and everything is way overpriced. Only come here if you are English and desperate.

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★☆☆☆☆

English restaurants these days are well designed, and have always been clean. This place is FILTHY and it looks like the interior of a shed ! What a mess ! And when you come out the smell of welsh rarebit clings to you like, well, a bad smell. The food is nice, but then its pretty hard to screw up Myers sausages, mashed potatoes and tinned beans isn't it ? The staff are usually pretty rude and everything is way overpriced. Only come here if you are English and desperate.

Pros: Myers sausages

Cons: Stench, Rude service, Overpriced

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It's cozy and cramped and also has 'rules' that patrons are required to abide by; one of them being an $8.50 min order. Considering T&S's small size and the fact that people may be tempted to sit and sip tea all day long, the rules are understandable BUT they're still a bit of a turn off - a tad bit too fascist for my liking. Still, it's not a bad place. Service was quite decent - very British - no beating about the bush with this lot; if they need the space, they'll tell you to move. Not a big fan of English food but I do love English tea and that they seem to do pretty well. Definitely worth going to once, but not the kind of place where I'd become a regular.

2
★★★★☆

It's cozy and cramped and also has 'rules' that patrons are required to abide by; one of them being an $8.50 min order. Considering T&S's small size and the fact that people may be tempted to sit and sip tea all day long, the rules are understandable BUT they're still a bit of a turn off - a tad bit too fascist for my liking. Still, it's not a bad place. Service was quite decent - very British - no beating about the bush with this lot; if they need the space, they'll tell you to move. Not a big fan of English food but I do love English tea and that they seem to do pretty well. Definitely worth going to once, but not the kind of place where I'd become a regular.

Pros: Good tea

Cons: $8.50 min.

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Never knew that tea could be so fantastic until I had a cup of the blackberry tea at T&S and now I'm in love! Mismatching teapots and teacups, 10 tables crowded into a tiny room, friendly funky British wait staff, and British food that actually tastes pretty good. I've been lucky enough that I haven't had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table. Very cozy and quaint place to catch up with a friend over tea and cakes, or salad and meatloaf pie...I've heard that Anna Sui is a big fan, and T&S are supposedly publishing a book on the shop.

2
★★★★★

Never knew that tea could be so fantastic until I had a cup of the blackberry tea at T&S and now I'm in love! Mismatching teapots and teacups, 10 tables crowded into a tiny room, friendly funky British wait staff, and British food that actually tastes pretty good. I've been lucky enough that I haven't had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table. Very cozy and quaint place to catch up with a friend over tea and cakes, or salad and meatloaf pie...I've heard that Anna Sui is a big fan, and T&S are supposedly publishing a book on the shop.

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Came here around 9-ish on a Monday night to grab dinner w/ a friend. There was one table (out of 9 total) available for us, but we were so close to the table next to us where the couple was making out that it was a bit awkward. Service was ok - not great, and my mushroom shepard's pie was ok. My friend's mac & cheese was a little better. Chocolate cake for dessert was dry and not very rich. I've been told this place is better for brunch, but w/ cramped surroundings and lackluster food, I'll book a flight to London before I return to this British stop.

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★★★☆☆

Came here around 9-ish on a Monday night to grab dinner w/ a friend. There was one table (out of 9 total) available for us, but we were so close to the table next to us where the couple was making out that it was a bit awkward. Service was ok - not great, and my mushroom shepard's pie was ok. My friend's mac & cheese was a little better. Chocolate cake for dessert was dry and not very rich. I've been told this place is better for brunch, but w/ cramped surroundings and lackluster food, I'll book a flight to London before I return to this British stop.

Pros: Quaint, Unique

Cons: British Food, TINY space, Cramped Seating

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Tea & Sympathy is quaint, cute and dainty with a good selection of leaf teas (which you can get by the pot with infuser) and probably THE BEST macaroni and cheese in New York. This place is tiny, so be prepared to be waiting outside for available tables. Once inside, expect to be sitting extremely close to strangers. The prices are good and the wait staff are harried but friendly. If you yearn for traditional English food, and you are not claustrophobic, this is a great place.

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★★★★☆

Tea & Sympathy is quaint, cute and dainty with a good selection of leaf teas (which you can get by the pot with infuser) and probably THE BEST macaroni and cheese in New York. This place is tiny, so be prepared to be waiting outside for available tables. Once inside, expect to be sitting extremely close to strangers. The prices are good and the wait staff are harried but friendly. If you yearn for traditional English food, and you are not claustrophobic, this is a great place.

Pros: Quaint atmoshere, Good prices, Good food

Cons: The wait outside, Can be loud, Tables are too close

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I went to Tea & Sympathy for the first time yesterday. I'm an extremely fickle 15-year-old who usually hates anything and everything that isn't Italian or fast food. But I loved this resturant. Although it is small, we went around 2:30 and it wasn't that crowded. I enjoyed it and i hope you do too!

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★★★★★

I went to Tea & Sympathy for the first time yesterday. I'm an extremely fickle 15-year-old who usually hates anything and everything that isn't Italian or fast food. But I loved this resturant. Although it is small, we went around 2:30 and it wasn't that crowded. I enjoyed it and i hope you do too!

Pros: chocolate cake, tea

Cons: small size

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I am English. I eat here all the time because it has all that is best about an english cafe. It is small but the food is worth it. If only they would serve cheese and pickle sandwiches in the evening. Anyway, Try Everything :-). Highly recommened.

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★★★★☆

I am English. I eat here all the time because it has all that is best about an english cafe. It is small but the food is worth it. If only they would serve cheese and pickle sandwiches in the evening. Anyway, Try Everything :-). Highly recommened.

Pros: authentic

Cons: small

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You come here for the food, but the experience may make you think twice. The cheese and pickle sandwiches and the cream teas are lovely, and will warm the heart of any homesick Brit ex-pat or Anglophile. But it's just so tiny, you're practically sitting on your neighbor's lap, and the servers can be nice, but are often overwhelmed and cranky.

2
★★★★☆

You come here for the food, but the experience may make you think twice. The cheese and pickle sandwiches and the cream teas are lovely, and will warm the heart of any homesick Brit ex-pat or Anglophile. But it's just so tiny, you're practically sitting on your neighbor's lap, and the servers can be nice, but are often overwhelmed and cranky.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Too small

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This tiny cafe (or "caff" if you're going for full-on Blighty realness) serves up British comfort food that is as close to the real thing as you're going to get in NYC. Expats will revel in beans on toast and Welsh rarebit smothered with branston pickle--all knocked back with properly prepared pots of tea or British drinks like Ribena or Irn Bru. Yes it's bland, fattening, and a carb nightmare: that's the point. Expect playful cheekiness from owner Nikki and staff.

2
★★★★★

This tiny cafe (or "caff" if you're going for full-on Blighty realness) serves up British comfort food that is as close to the real thing as you're going to get in NYC. Expats will revel in beans on toast and Welsh rarebit smothered with branston pickle--all knocked back with properly prepared pots of tea or British drinks like Ribena or Irn Bru. Yes it's bland, fattening, and a carb nightmare: that's the point. Expect playful cheekiness from owner Nikki and staff.

 

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