Tea & Sympathy

Tea & Sympathy

Tea Room and English Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Food Network
    "true British treat at Tea & Sympathy in New York"(14 Tips)
    Aiden K.
    "Delicious tea & crumpets & really good finger sandwiches."(6 Tips)
    Jacki
    "Sticky toffee pudding is the most wonderfully decadent dessert!"(9 Tips)
    JuAnne N.
    "Must have the sticky toffee pudding, custard on the side"(9 Tips)
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  • Jasmine
    JasmineFebruary 21
    $40 afternoon tea. Enjoyed the earl grey tea and cute tea wares, but little else. We were asked no less than 3x if we were finished yet. Space was tiny AF and poorly laid out. First time = last.
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonJanuary 25
    If you're looking for a proper English breakfast, then this is the spot. However, it's super expensive, tiny and the staff are super rude.
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria MazzukiOctober 15, 2016
    Truly authentic. Small, but relatively inexpensive for a la carte items!
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJuly 11, 2016
    Cozy tea spot and feel very authentic. Traditional English breakfast and scones!
  • Angela K.
    Angela KoJuly 2, 2016
    Sadly, this place was disappointing ☹️ Scones tasted like KFC biscuits..
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferMarch 15, 2016
    English breakfast on the weekends and they have legit Yorkshire pudding
  • Jillian
    JillianMarch 12, 2016
    Adorable spot. Girlfriends + clotted cream + shepherd's pie
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithMarch 11, 2016
    Snacks and tea great but the servers are rude & act as though they hate being there. If you can ignore them go on a wkday w/a good friend & you're fine
  • MJB
    MJBJanuary 14, 2016
    Tea for one is massive. Be hungry if you plan on taking down one of these babies solo.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonDecember 17, 2015
    Very authentic British place. I went for tea & scones. Prepared to be crammed in though, it's tiny!
  • Florencia 🦄 H.
    The worst service !
  • Timelessnomad
    TimelessnomadAugust 6, 2015
    Yea they will do a vegetarian version of afternoon tea. Great tea selection and quaint little atmosphere. Lovely place to relax and have a nice tea break.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlvarezAugust 6, 2015
    Soups, sandwiches, teas, and the multi-orgasmic warm and spicy ginger cake with the vanilla custard sauce.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MesmeriJuly 16, 2015
    You can't be seated unless the whole party arrives - even if it's 3 of you waiting for one more. Also, no tea unless you order a minimum $ of food. Too many rules, not enough sympathy. Not worth it.
  • Michie B.
    Michie BJune 7, 2015
    I bought some British grocery from Tea and sympathy for my Mom and she loved it!
  • tina b.
    tina beansMay 21, 2015
    Actually a cozy little restaurant serving British comfort food, they also have an extensive tea list. All the teapots are unique English collectibles. Did I mention this place is adorably British?
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerApril 20, 2015
    Excellent scones and tea - but don't expect much warmth from the servers.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsApril 5, 2015
    Best scones and tea in the city!!
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsApril 4, 2015
    Love this place!! Really good tea, amazing scones, breakfast food is all good. Adorable decor and atmosphere. Tiniest bathroom in the world
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.March 25, 2015
    Tasty teas and an awesome bacon avocado sandwich
  • Nick J.
    Nick JohnsonMarch 22, 2015
    A reasonably authentic rickety British tea room where I learned that scotch egg and Branston pickle is actually a good combination. Try the rhubarb crumble.
  • Noppanit C.
    If you want true English breakfast. Tea is also good.
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.March 11, 2015
    Does regularly stock British-themed decorations
  • Jess H.
    Jess HueyFebruary 16, 2015
    Cream tea with scones
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayFebruary 13, 2015
    It feels like the UK
  • Nichelle H.
    Nichelle HarrisJanuary 3, 2015
    Mash & bangers
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaDecember 17, 2014
    BYOB: $5.00
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 17, 2014
    Assorted teapots and British memorabilia line the interior walls; they also sell an assortment of British candy! The tea and scones are popular here, as is anything on the breakfast menu. Read more
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BleierNovember 12, 2014
    Cream tea (tea and scones with jam) was great. Make sure your whole party is there to be seated.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerNovember 6, 2014
    Welsh rarebit is not merely a grilled cheese sandwich. It is wonderful!
  • Viv
    VivNovember 4, 2014
    They have Sunday roast here
  • Jaclyn L.
    Jaclyn LamOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea, custard and savory pies? Everything I love about tea time.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CampbellOctober 27, 2014
    Rhubarb crumble ...yum!
  • Alexis Y.
    Alexis YSYOctober 20, 2014
    Get there early on the weekend. Small place
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer C.October 3, 2014
    So precious and everything is authentic and delicious. But definitely end with the sticky toffee pudding, whatever you do.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Tea and Sympathy as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherAugust 17, 2014
    If your table is a mix of vegetarians & carnivores, you can each chose 2 sandwich types from the menu's *asterisked sandwiches, so it works well for different diets.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Bangers and mash are a highlight. Go to lunch to get the Afternoon Tea for One, which includes finger sandwiches, tons of scones with cream and jam, cakes, and a big pot of hot tea. Read more
    Upvoted Jan 21
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikAugust 12, 2014
    Get their finger sandwiches and scones! Amazing decor.
  • Meltem C.
    Meltem CelebiogluAugust 12, 2014
    Scones and teas and fingersS... So yummy....
  • Silas J.
    Silas JohnAugust 9, 2014
    Scones and clotted cream- great to split with someone while you eat the full English Breakfast
  • Susan D.
    Susan DanzigerMay 31, 2014
    Get the Full Monty with baked beans and side of scones -- feeds two. Yum.
  • Biyan Z.
    Biyan ZhouApril 25, 2014
    Do have some attitude issues esp the old lady on the weekends. But their food is pretty good... The clotted creme and jam too... Don't want to come back for the service the the food says otherwise.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 28, 2014
    Cozy British tea shop good for a reasonably priced high tea.
  • Melanie H.
    Melanie HDecember 27, 2013
    Shepherds pie and sticky toffee pudding with custard
  • Morgan V.
    Morgan Von SteenDecember 11, 2013
    “The Full Monty” is everything a hungry ex-pat or Anglophile could possibly desire on a winter morning. Come back again in the afternoon for tea and scones with clotted cream. - Buzzfeed
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Full English Breakfast: "'The Full Monty' is everything a hungry ex-pat or Anglophile could possibly desire on a winter morning. Come back in the afternoon for tea and scones with clotted cream." Read more
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinDecember 10, 2013
    Full English breakfast served Saturday and Sunday only. Tea in the afternoons. Heaven always.
  • JuAnne N.
    JuAnne NgOctober 8, 2013
    Must have the sticky toffee pudding, custard on the side
  • Lin L.
    Lin LingOctober 6, 2013
    It was a pretty long wait, so be prepared. The service was not great and the space is really cramped. The tea is good, especially with the afternoon tea menu! The pot pies were pretty good as well.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseSeptember 22, 2013
    Breakfast go to: eggs w cheese & beans, toast. Don't miss the scones. Lunch: Branston Pickle & cheese sandwich.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VJuly 23, 2013
    Extremely rude, stuck up and brusk staff. This will be a one time only visit. Not worth the 'tude.
  • Joëlle L.
    Joëlle LewisJuly 23, 2013
    Staff is AMAZING!!! BlackBerry tea with hot Apple Crumble (with custard) is to die for. GOING BACK ASAP. And ALL HAIL THE NEW PRINCE OF ENGLAND! Conrats #WillAndKate
  • Marly Q.
    Marly QJuly 9, 2013
    Guys behind the counter were lovely
  • YC O.
    YC OApril 30, 2013
    Try the Eton Mess (crumbled meringues with whipped cream and berries) for a taste of British summer!
  • Meg L.
    Meg LewisApril 21, 2013
    They sell galaxy chocolate here behind the counter. Get it!
  • Emma C.
    Emma ChownsApril 17, 2013
    Try the Treacle Pudding W/Custard - To die for
  • Yura L.
    Yura LeeApril 7, 2013
    The place gets busy so it's difficult to have a pleasant tea experience (you feel rushed). But, the scones are delicious! The cream & jam make all the difference. The chicken soup isn't bad either.
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy DuongMarch 12, 2013
    $12.50 for a pot of tea with scones! :)
  • Lindsay
    LindsayFebruary 26, 2013
    Don't even think about arriving without your party. You'll be forced to wait outside in the cold until they arrive. Or worse-sit down and have them turned away when they show up
  • Candice
    CandiceFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A NYC must. Best Shepherds Pie outside of the UK.
  • Natalia
    NataliaFebruary 23, 2013
    Very cosy, very British. Unfortunatelly one can't just sit and have a cup of tea, since there is a minimun charge of $12.50 per person. So sad.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Can be pricey, but the tea and 2 scones with clotted cream is the way to go!
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChenFebruary 9, 2013
    Welsh rarebit is yummy
  • Anna K.
    Anna KomarovaFebruary 1, 2013
    Love their sticky toffee pudding!! mmm :)))
  • Kay D.
    Kay DJanuary 26, 2013
    Any Brit who's been living in America for a while will weep when they come here. Proper back bacon on proper non-sweetened bread. The seven grain is a must-have and the white bread is divine.
    Upvoted Jan 16
  • Joe R.
    Joe RizkJanuary 18, 2013
    Delicious tuna melt
  • Katie S.
    Katie SchlossOctober 18, 2012
    Tea & Sympathy's Rose Tea & a walk down Jane Street is the perfect way to start the day!
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 16, 2012
    Order the creme tea each and finger sandwiches to split with a friend. Plenty for a light lunch.
  • Cherry G.
    Cherry GandhiSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't leave without the apple crumble pie.
  • Branden C.
    Branden CarrierAugust 8, 2012
    I've been to other tea houses in NYC that are much better
  • AnDii
    AnDiiJune 28, 2012
    Excellent British-styled tea shop in New York's West Village. Huge portions and many tasty teas to try!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 28, 2012
    Tiny and cramped place to come for afternoon tea and biscuits – the traditional scones are amazing as is the Vietnamese French Vanilla iced tea.
  • Thao
    ThaoJune 18, 2012
    I adore this place! Its a bit small, but the service is great and the tea and food is delish! The cold infused tea drinks are my favorite! Don't forget to check out the store also!
  • UKTI Tech NY
    UKTI Tech NYMay 11, 2012
    Perhaps the best place to get a pot of cozy, afternoon tea with floral tablecloths and teapot-decorated walls - a lovely British experience.
  • Anne Z.
    Anne ZaccardelliApril 1, 2012
    The iced mixed berry tea is awesome!!!
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BermanMarch 16, 2012
    Super comfy place. They wouldn't let me sit without ordering food. Place was empty. Bad form.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina BatelmanMarch 4, 2012
    Get the full monty. It's fabulous!
  • Kenny K.
    Kenny KimFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're god then save the queen.
  • Laa S.
    Laa Skw33kJanuary 27, 2012
    The rhubarb crumble (with custard) is the best! And if they have it on special, the cheesy cauliflower is delicious.
  • Candice
    CandiceJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic scones!
  • John S.
    John SJanuary 14, 2012
    You'll wait like Kate!
  • Jeffrey N.
    Jeffrey NgDecember 29, 2011
    Chicken and Vegetable Pie is amazing. DO IT!!
  • Patrice P.
    Patrice PollackDecember 27, 2011
    Best earl grey tea in the city. If you're from England and feeling homesick, this is the perfect spot.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 29, 2011
    For those afternoons when you want to live like they do on the other side of the pond, come here for some tasty tea and a scone with clotted cream.
  • Stella W.
    Stella WikiNovember 15, 2011
    Best sticky toffee pudding!!!
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.November 12, 2011
    Quaint and small. Great place to take a date or settle down after some errands.
  • Angelina
    AngelinaNovember 11, 2011
    Don't leave here without having any tea!!
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaNovember 3, 2011
    #TREATYOSELF to... a fine English feast including scones with buttercream and jam, chicken pot pie with mac 'n cheese on the side, and coffee to wash it all down.
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncOctober 30, 2011
    A little slice of Britain in NYC. Kitschy decor. Proper English cooking and of course proper tea. Don't forget to visit their shop next door.
  • ginny h.
    ginny hOctober 27, 2011
    Sigh! What a cute little store!!!
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantOctober 12, 2011
    “I love me some afternoon tea, and this charming little gem does the trick. They have the most delectable scones—along with other traditional British dishes that will keep you coming back for more.” Read more
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 10, 2011
    Grab English tea for two – w/ sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam — or favorites like bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie in a setting cozy enough to please the most demanding English auntie.
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    Best place in New York for tea & crumpets, bangers & mash, finger sandwiches, and scrumptious puddings.
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    Delicious tea & crumpets & really good finger sandwiches.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaAugust 17, 2011
    Charming English restaurant with some of the best home cooked faire, including a delicious mac 'n cheese casserole and warm scones.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 15, 2011
    Robert Irvine recommends the Victoria Sandwich Cake for a true British treat at Tea & Sympathy in New York, NY, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.Find more tips at Food Network Local. Read more
  • Alex H.
    Alex HackJuly 20, 2011
    Scones are a must
  • Kristine
    KristineJune 18, 2011
    I love the coronation chicken! And be sure to have tea and scones. Yum, clotted cream!
  • Emily T.
    Emily ThakeJune 4, 2011
    Try the chicken pot pie, just amazing.
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