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Lady Mendl's

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Gramercy Park
English
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56 Irving Pl, New York City, NY 10003-2314 (Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place)
Union Square Station. Upon exiting the station, walk to 17th street and make a right. We are one block to the East of Park Avenue South at 17th and Irving Place. Only a small plaque stating "Lady Mendl's" marks the entrance to our brownstone.
(212) 533-4466
Today
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Worst afternoon tea shop

We had 5:00 Pm reservations. When we were served our tea, it was cold and not stepped. Not a great start for a tea house. The sandwiches were almost literally thrown at us and we had to constantly ask for our cups to be refilled. By 6:10 we were given our check only to find out that the last... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Ellen F
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had 5:00 Pm reservations. When we were served our tea, it was cold and not stepped. Not a great start for a tea house. The sandwiches were almost literally thrown at us and we had to constantly ask for our cups to be refilled. By 6:10 we were given our check only to find out that the last reservation... More 

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Port of Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Greattt service!!! The food was great!!! Very expensive tho, but worth it, yoou can even take home the rest! Save room for the delicious scones!!!

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Northampton, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

I heard good things about lady mendl's so my mother and I decided to give it a try as we are very into getting afternoon tea. The inn were lady mendl's is located is so quaint and charming. The decor was historic and very charming- we loved it. The tea was also great- five courses and they were all great... More 

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New haven
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My daughter raved about this so she and my granddaughter took me there. It may have been they were in holiday overload but it was a huge disappointment to me and to some extent to them. I've been to tea in London at both Brown's Hotel and The Ritz -- this does NOT compare. They had only a very limited... More 

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Has this establishment been recently sold? I have visited Lady Mendl's many times, always delighting in having a lovely traditional afternoon tea served in the gorgeous setting of the Inn at Irving Place where one can feel the New York of Henry James or Edith Wharton. Having returned for a holiday tea with my daughter yesterday, I can only say... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We are avid "Afternoon Tea" junkies! We love trying them everyplace we can! If you are a tea lover, you will be treating yourself to a wonderful experience if you go to Lady Mendl's in NYC. It is in an historic brick brownstone, which is also an Inn. If you like antiques, low lighting, being spoiled by great service &... More 

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new york city
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If atmosphere is more important to you than value, then you will probably enjoy Lady Mendl's. The ambiance and service were both very lovely. The quality of the tea and food fell short, however. I could prepare tea just as well with a pot of boiling water and a Twinings teabag; the sandwiches and scones were lackluster and the famous... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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102 reviews 102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was my second time at Lady Mendl's. They are now under new management. They used to offer an extensive selection or tea. From the usual to the rare and unusual. They now only offer 3 types. English breakfast, Earl Grey, and a fruity green tea. The English breakfast tea was good but not what I would call special. The... More 

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New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I agree with some of the other writers. Lady Mendel's used to be outstanding, but no longer. The price has gone up, and the quality of the food has declined. Servers are nice but need more training.

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New York City, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Sadly, my favorite place for tea has made some changes. Some good, some not so good. Decor upgrade, even though minimal, is an improvement. The strong stench of roses seems to have left, thankfully. The chess board is gone: sad. The amuse bouche finally changed from the predictable butternut squash tart. When we asked for an additional sandwich (1/8 sandwich... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Irving Pl, New York City, NY 10003-2314
    (Between 17th & 18th Streets, on the East side of Irving Place)
  • Public Transportation: Union Square Station. Upon exiting the station, walk to 17th street and make a right. We are one block to the East of Park Avenue South at 17th and Irving Place. Only a small plaque stating "Lady Mendl's" marks the entrance to our brownstone.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: (212) 533-4466

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?