Yeah, we fancy. Or, at least we pretend to be once in a while. Most normally we have champagne wishes and caviar dreams to go along with our all too real beer bottle budget. That being said, I have no shame with using a Groupon for afternoon high tea in a fanciful quaint place featuring old world charm on the UES!
Even though we have lived in the neighborhood for many years we had never checked out King’s Carriage House on the Upper East Side of NYC. We decided to be a bit froo-froo one day and partake in their weekend afternoon tea here when I found a Groupon for it that was actually quite a good offer. Yeah, I can clean up a bit and be a bit fancy when it’s a good deal!
Reservations are a must as this wonderfully adorned two-story townhouse gets crowded fast. Especially on weekends. Not that large and more on the intimate side they have limited seating across a few differently adorned rooms. We sat in their back dining room area which had an almost country cottage Victorian feel to it. The decor features many plates, old timey pics, and antiques on the bright yellow walls. It’s called the Willow Room, which is named for the collection of antique blue and white china, and is on the ground floor and seats 18-22 guests. I think there are three rooms in total. As you can imagine they also do bridal showers and private events here, and also special holiday dinners.
Afternoon tea is only served 3-5pm Tuesday-Sunday so it’s a small window to grab a table, but so worth it to indulge in the fanciness of it all. It’s $25 a person and includes a lot of nibbles actually! Savory finger sandwiches, warm scones with cream and homemade jam, an assortment of pastries and sweets, along with hot freshly brewed infused tea served in wonderfully ornate ceramic pots.
Hot dang, my inner fattie felt so right at home here.
King’s Carriage House offers a relaxing atmosphere that looks upscale but feels cozy and down homey at the same time. It’s an escape for a few hours where one can play like the richy rich who reside along Park Ave, but is located along 2nd Ave and 82nd street where the regular masses live. More than attentive and friendly service too. Professional and nice at the same time. Calgon – take me away!
Pinkies up, and clotted cream for the win!
King’s Carriage House – http://www.kingscarriagehouse.com/