21 March 2006

Wild Lily Tea Room

Nestled in gallery-laden Chelsea on West 22nd Street, the Wild Lily Tea Room is a fantastic haven for fine tea and a variety of delectables. (How was that?)

Actually, I'd heard about this place years ago and never managed to make it out there, as I rarely venture out to that area since Chelsea Piers stopped having karaoke. I'm glad Marie and I made it there on Sunday, because it was a real treat. Though it was cold and windy, it wasn't terrible, and what better way to warm up than with a warm cup of Passion Green Tea and the Tea Party? Here's the menu:

Assorted Tea Sandwiches:
Norwegian Smoked Salmon with Basil Sauce on Baguette
Shrimp Paté on Eight-Grain Bread
Butternut Squash Cream Spread on Walnut Raisin Bread
English Cucumber with Rice Vinegar Honey Sauce on Soft White Bread
Chinese Black Tea Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Bread
Ginger Poached Chicken with Light Curry Sauce on French Bread
Homemade Daily Baked Raisin & Apricot Almond Scones Served with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Homemade Berry Jam
Daily Special Cake
Handmade Cookies - Gingerbread People, Pecan Hearts & Raspberry Windows
Wild Lily Tea Selections:
Passion Green Tea
Traditional Afternoon Black Tea
Uptown Eve Herbal Tea
and many more...

(I cut and pasted it from their website, and now they are another link on this blog.)

The Tea Party was $25, which is about the going rate for afternoon tea, and I always try the afternoon tea at every new tea venue. Yes, it was as good as it sounds, and I couldn't even finish the scones! Marie was all too happy to assist me, as I believe she loves scones even more than I do.

Check out the rest of the menu on their website, there is so much to choose from: soups, stews, etc. Let's not even start to praise the tea selection, which I won't since I only tried one tea and cannot give an expert opinion on the rest. I loved their Asian-eclectic decor and teaware, and the little pool with the little red fish popping out to say "hi." I appreciated the panels between some tables affording a bit of privacy without claustrophobic enclosure. The staff were pleasant and knowledgeable, and dressed colorfully.

Do try it out, and take me with you!


Marie said...

I rate it 3 1/2 teacups! (Out of a possible 5)

Catherine said...

Wow, which tearoom would you give a 5 to?

I love the teacup rating system! I think I'll use it next time!

Marie said...

I don't think any old tearoom would rate 5 teacups. It would have to be lavish and expensive....some place I couldn't afford. Probably an English tearoom.

I rate Alice's Tea Cup the same - 3 1/2 teacups...their menu needs to be more diverse and affordable. And the cream for the scones cost them dearly.

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Catherine said...

As far as the best Afternoon Tea I've had in recent years, I still say Tea and Sympathy rates as at least 4 1/2 teacups. Their variety of tea is not astounding, but has improved. The food is always fantastic and overwhelming, especially the cakes. The scones are plain but delicious. Price-wise, it is similar to the rest.

Catherine said...

Muffin man is only missing one thing, and that is tea variety. Otherwise, 5 teacups.

Marie said...

I think my teacup ratings are all off. Here are my revised ratings:

Wild Lily: 3 Teacups
Alice's Tea Cup: 4 Teacups
Tea & Sympathy: 4 1/2 Teacups
Muffin Man: I haven't been there in a while...so I must go again!