One of the great pleasures of a trip to NYC is a stop for afternoon tea. No, it's not London. But the city does have a number of wonderful places to stop for some afternoon relaxation. Among the city's finer options is, of course, The Russian Tea Room. But I don't think I've ever had a nicer trip back to 1948 than tea at the Hotel Lowell on the Upper East Side. The dining room and the service both feel as if they'd been preserved from that moment, 65 years ago. Sure, the tea was delicious. The place was filled with grown ups when we were there, but our flock of three girls - ages 8-11 - were welcomed and felt entirely comfortable. And when it turned out that the restaurant had run out of Nutella (for about 10 minutes), the girls were treated to a mind boggling martini glass filled with candies. Anything to keep their spirits up!
It's not just the restaurant. The Hotel Lowell is a gem, through and through. I've heard it said that it's best New York hotel you've never heard of.
But I don't have to rely on hearsay when it comes to high tea. The girls left the experienced awed. We couldn't have asked for better.