Tea never goes out of season. From a cozy cup of chai in the winter to a refreshing pitcher of peach sweet tea in the summer, tea is never a bad idea. Find a brunch spot for the gals, a tower of desserts to treat yourself to, or a quiet nook to read in at one of these tea houses. Some might even have special Mother’s Day events going on!
Chat Noir, Rockville Centre
If you’re looking for someplace quaint to have high tea at, this tea house is your perfect fit. The menu changes daily, but you just might be lucky enough to stop by on a day they’re serving sparkling tea. The food is just as captivating with a selection of cheeses for fondues, Thai curries, and buttery seafood dishes. Don’t forget to keep your pinky out amidst all the wine, tea, cheese, and cat decor. Open everyday from 9am-5pm and until 10 or 11pm Wednesday-Saturday. Go.
The Starving Artist Café & Gallery, Franklin Square
This hidden gem not only serves loose leaf tea in colorful, unique teapots, but also showcases local artists, live music performers, and the artist within you. Stop by for lunch with friends, or take your mom to a paint and sip event. No matter when you go, the cafe will inspire you to get creative and hungry! Hours vary daily, but it should be open from 11am-9pm most days. Go.
Robinson’s Tea Room, Stony Brook
If you partake in tea time for the delectable scones and quiches as much as you do for the actual tea, you will love this place. Customers rave about the butter pecan scones, chicken pot pie with raspberry balsamic, and cherry green tea. A cute and cozy environment with warm and delicious pastries, what more could you want? Open from 10am-5pm most days, reservations are advised due to small space. Go.
Sip Tea Lounge, Huntington
Small but hip, Sip Tea Lounge is tucked away in a brick-lined shop on the North side of the Island. The food selection includes açaí bowls, quinoa salad, and vegan ice cream sandwiches. Tea is served on actual wooden sushi trays, and for a more authentic tea experience you can try their matcha green tea. Hours vary, but they’re open 9am-7pm most days. Go.
Swing the Teapot, Floral Park
A twist on British tea, Swing the Teapot draws from its Irish roots to give you the rustic tea house experience. Choose from three pages of tea to pick which one you want served in a real cast iron teapot. The rest of the menu has authentic Irish cuisine to compliment the traditional or fun tea you choose. On the weekends this innocent looking tea house turns into a happening party scene with live music until midnight or later. Open 8am-4pm most weekdays. Go.
The Secret Garden Tea Café & Gift Shoppe, Port Jefferson
Classic, lady-like and refined, the Secret Garden’s wide loose leaf tea selection and array of tiered desserts will leave you feeling like British royalty. They even have feather boas and hats for you to dress up in so you can get the full high tea experience. Guests rave about the homemade food being worth every penny, and the tea is no different. Open 11am-5pm most days. Go.