Upon entering our brownstone, guests are transported to an era of sublime elegance, reminiscent of the Halcyon days of old New York.
Five Course Royal Tea Service
Our Lady Mendl’s Amuse Bouche, Selection Varies Seasonally **Supplemental fee applicable if you wish to serve a salad course instead of the Amuse Bouche, page 4.
Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel
Cucumber with Mint Crème Fraiche on Brioche
Classic Egg Salad on Rye
Smoked Turkey & Cranberry on Seven Grain
Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Preserves
Lady Mendl’s signature Cake with Raspberry Coulis *If you wish to provide an additional “occasion cake”, a supplemental gratuity of $3 per person is applicable.
Assorted Cookies & Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Tea Service Includes:
Selection of Freshly Steeped Teas
Glass of Champagne per Guest
Gluten free options (supplemental charge not applicable for entire party, just per each guest):
#1 - Includes Gluten Free Bread for the Sandwich Course, Gluten Free Scones and a Fruit Plate for the Cake Course.$12 supplemental charge per each person + tax and 20% gratuity.
#2 – Includes the changes in option #1 + a Mixed Green Salad for the 1st course and Gluten Free cookies for the 5th course. $18 supplemental charge per each person + tax and 20% gratuity.
Royal Tea - $60 per Person + 20% Service + 8.875% tax
Each private room seating is for three hours in length
Additional seating time is $300 per each 30 minutes. Example – a 12:00pm seating would begin at 11:30am, 11:30am to 3:00pm.
The 4:30pm seating would extend until 8:00pm, 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Nestled within a boutique hotel, The Inn at Irving Place, Lady Mendl’s is in the heart of Gramercy Park. Located between 17th and 18th streets at 56 Irving Place, only a small bronze plaque stating “Lady Mendl’s” marks our entrance.
Also Available with Lady Mendl’s Royal Tea Service:
Additional course options (4th page)
Wine, Champagne and Champagne Cocktail Service (5th page)
Private Seatings are available in one of four (4) Tea Salons
Within The Inn at Irving Place, Lady Mendl’s encompasses four tea salons & all are available for private parties. In addition, each salon includes the use of our tea flowers, candles and other decorative elements.
The Marbury Salon – 10 person minimum, holds up to 16 guests
The Evelyn Nesbitt Salon – 15 person minimum, holds up to 24 guests
The Elsie de Wolfe Salon – 18 person minimum, holds up to 24 guests
Lady Mendl’s Salon – 30 person minimum, holds up to 50+ guests
Cibar Tea Lounge – 30 person minimum, holds up to 50+ guests (Buffet only) Monday thru Friday – Flexible seating times and the minimum guarantee based
on the private tea room being reserved (see above). Saturday and Sunday – Seatings at either 12:00pm or 4:30pm and the minimum
guarantee based on the private tea room being reserved (see above).
Please e-mail or call for further information, to schedule an appointment,
see the Tea Salons and to reserve a seating at 212-533-4466 We look forward to hosting your upcoming event.
Royal Tea - Service Options
Lady Mendl's would like to inform guests of two distinct service options available for private parties. Lady Mendl's famous French style service is the more traditional and formal choice of the two, while the Tea Buffet option offers a more casual setting similar to a cocktail party. No matter which service you choose, your private party sitting is for three (3) full hours. For your benefit, the following outlines in detail the differences of the two service options.
Upon arrival, there is a half hour for guests to meet, greet & mingle, during which our Champagne cocktail or wine service can be included upon request.
Each guest is then seated as the five course tea service begins.
Each course is served by our Wait-staff in orderly succession. Note: The Sandwich Course is served to your guests twice. (There is a choice of four sandwiches - Additional sandwiches can be added per the last page.)
Four teas are passed throughout the five courses. They include Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Egyptian Chamomile and Before the Rain Jasmine (Green Tea). Each tea pot is regularly refilled by the Wait-staff.
The five course French service lasts for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
The remaining hour and fifteen minutes is usually reserved for gifts, presentations, and other activities.
This service option includes the same elegant Lady Mendl's Royal Tea menu presented at a luxurious Buffet Serving Station.
The Serving Station is generously replenished by our Wait-staff for approximately 90 minutes..
Champagne Cocktails and additional beverage options are also available for the Tea Buffet upon request.
With this option, you also have three full hours in an elegant but more casual private setting.
After the Buffet, the remaining hour and a half is usually reserved for gifts, presentations, and other activities.
In addition, you may choose to serve the Amuse Bouche as a “Passed Hors d’oeuvre” at the beginning of the party. For this option, there is a supplemental charge of $4 per person + tax and gratuity and consists of 2 pieces of the Amuse Bouche per person.
Additional Course Options
$7.00 per person + tax and gratuity for each additional sandwich
*Indicates the 4 sandwiches normally served
Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Cheese on Pumpernickel*
Cucumber with Mint Crème Fraiche on Brioche*
Classic Egg Salad on Rye*
Smoked Turkey and Cranberry on Seven Grain*
Brie with Cranberry Chutney and Granny Smith Apple on Seven Grain
Sliced Pear with Goat Cheese and Fig Puree on Pumpernickel ($2 suppl. fee per person)
Smoked Duck Breast on Crostini with Olive Oil and Garlic ($2 suppl. fee per person)
Cinnamon Cream Cheese on Walnut Raisin Bread
Duck Mousse Truffle Pate with Cornishons on sliced Baguette ($2 suppl. fee per person)
Curry Chicken on Pumpernickel
Smoked Ham and Spicy Mustard on Seven Grain Bread
Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato on Seven Grain ($2 suppl. fee per person)
Traditional Chicken Salad (choice of bread)
Tuna Salad (choice of bread)
Peanut Butter and Jelly on Brioche (not just for kids)
Salad Course (Served Prior to the Tea sandwiches)
$8.00 per person + tax and gratuity (Selection varies seasonally and options sent separately)
**A Salad course can be served instead of the Amuse Bouche for a supplemental charge of $4 per person + tax and gratuity.
Soup Course (Served prior to the Tea Sandwiches)
$9.00 per person + tax and gratuity - (Pending the number of guests, an additional 30 minutes may be added to the tea seating with a soup course.)
Butternut Squash Soup with Crème Fraiche and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Home-style Gazpacho Soup served cold with Cucumber, Tomato, Mango, Red & Green Peppers and Cilantro
Classic Split Pea Soup with Smoked Bacon (served hot or cold)
Carrot and Orange Puree with Spicy Croutons (served hot or cold)
Frothed Lobster Bisque with Toasted Croutons and Chive Mousse ($12.00 addtl. per person)
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Pancetta Crisps
Additional Beverage Options
Also Available with Lady Mendl’s Royal Tea Service:
Champagne Cocktails – Created with our house Processo, we offer a wonderful mix of fruit nectars and juices. $55 per bottle
House Red and White Wines starting at $48 per Bottle
Choices can include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, etc.
House Champagne (Prosecco, Italian Sparkling Wine) - $55 per Bottle
Additional Champagne choices such as Veuve Cliquot ($135), Nicolas Fuiellate Rose Brut ($120) and Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame ($375) are also available.
Mixed Drinks and Martinis – In addition to basic mixed drinks such as a Screw driver, Gin & Tonic and Scotch on the Rocks, other selections can include Bloody Marys and Blackberry Cosmos. $12 - $15 per drink (min charge of $50 per specialty cocktail). If you wish to offer a full bar, there is an additional bartender fee of $250.
(This service must be arranged in advance of your party.)
Passed Hors d’oeuvres options also available with Lady Mendl’s Royal Tea Service in any of the Salons or in the Cibar Tea Lounge and Garden: Samples listed below
$25.00 per person + tax + 20% gratuity (Choice of four, served for 30 min)
Caramelized Apple and Onion Tartlets
Mini Potato Latkes with Apple Sauce (or with Salmon Tartar, $5 suppl.)
Truffled Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tartlets
Coconut Shrimp with Lime Mayonnaise
Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce (no tails)
Beef or Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Smoked Salmon & Chive Potato Crisp
Mini Maryland Crab-cakes with Avocado Cream ($5 suppl.)
Ruby Beet Star Filo & Goat Cheese
Chicken Quesadillas with Guacamole & Sour Cream
Fresh Tomato or Asparagus Quiche Tartlets
Filet of Beef on Crostini with Horseradish
Vegetable Spring Rolls with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
Cherry Tomatoes stuffed with Herbed Goat Cheese
Sesame Seared Tuna on Wonton Crisp with Pickled Ginger ($5 suppl.)
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
Additional offerings for your tea party
Tea “Topics” with Lady Mendl’s Tea Captain
The Tea Captains at Lady Mendl's are responsible for the facilitation of all private events, the quality control of Lady Mendl’s tea leafs, as well as understanding the proper tea preparation and correct service.
($300 Pricing includes an additional 30 minutes for the lecture time which is added to the normal 3 hour tea seating (if needed.) Example – a 12:00pm seating would begin at 11:30am, 11:30am to 3:00pm. The 4:30pm seating would extend until 8:00pm, 4:30pm to 8:00pm.)
Lecture “Topics” can include the following:
1. What is the difference between Afternoon Tea versus “High” Tea?
2. The Tea Varietals:
The steps of processing tea - Difference between Black, Oolong, Green, White and an Explanation of Tisanes (Herbals)
3. Brewing the Perfect Cup of tea:
Temperature of water: How to tell how hot the water is without a thermometer.
Temperature of water in regard to specific leaf.
Steeping times in regard to specific leaf.
An ancient practice of interpreting patterns made by tea leaves in the cup, otherwise known as Tea Leaf Reading. Pricing TBD based on length of time.
Tea Seminars with Ellen Easton
Afternoon Tea Authority, Author, Columnist, Designer, Lecturer and Consultant to Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.
Pricing TBD based on length of lecture, topic, etc.
Ellen is the author of “Afternoon Tea…Tips, Terms and Traditions.” Past seminar topics at Lady Mendl’s have included:
- The History of Afternoon Tea – From 2700BC to present
- Holiday Entertaining with Afternoon Tea - Whether it be Thanksgiving, Holiday Celebrations or New Year's Day, learn how to prepare menus & serve afternoon tea from 1 to 1,000 guests.
- The Fashions of Tea- Learn about the accessories, designers, fabrics and rituals of the tea gown from the La Belle Époque,Tango Te Dansants to the present day. Ladies are encouraged to wear their hats - special prizes for most whimsical & traditional.
Personalized menu for each Guest
Lady Mendl’s can create a personalized menu for each place setting marking this specific occasion and honoring the Guest of Honor. The menu includes the Tea Courses, a description of the Four Teas offered to your guests and a personalized cover page. $.50 per person + tax.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
Party Favor Ideas from Lady Mendl’s
Lady Mendl’s Teas – Your guests can re-experience over and over their visit to Lady Mendl’s. We offer individually rolled loose tea (4 pots) in a black resealable glossy pouch. Lady Mendl’s Signature’s as well as Traditional Teas are available.
Lady Mendl’s Signature Scent –Upon entering The Inn, the smell of beautiful flowers entices the senses. You can also enjoy this delicious floral mix in the comforts of your own home or office. We offer a 2oz votive (approx burn time 15 hours) OR a 5oz poured – Trapp No 13, Bob’s Flower Shoppe
Party Favors – Each glossy pouch of tea is wrapped in clear cello with a black ribbon
Lady Mendl's Signature Tea - $15 + tax (includes wrapping) or $20 + tax with a Trapp votive candle
Lady Mendl's Traditional Tea - $11 + tax (includes wrapping) or $16 + tax with a Trapp votive candle
Lady Mendl’s Signature Tea - $12 + tax (4 pots in resealable pouch)
Lady Mendl’s Traditional Tea - $8 + tax (4 pots in resealable pouch)
Lady Mendl’s Signature Scent - $6 + tax (2oz votive)
Lady Mendl’s Signature Scent - $18 + tax (5oz poured)
Local streets are metered (no meters on Sundays)
In addition, the following garages are in the neighborhood:
- 18th and 3rd (212) 473 9869
- 16th between Irving Place and Park Ave South (212) 473 9056
- Zeckendorf Garage - 15th between Irving Place and Park Ave South
(212) 677 2026