The charming tradition of afternoon tea offers an easy and delicious respite for the body and spirit. For a special occasion, enjoying the quiet ritual of tea in one of our area’s tearooms is a delightful alternative to traditional celebrations; it’s also a wonderful way to relax and recharge, any time.
A little lesson about tea: Afternoon Tea is the kind we most often associate with finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and sweets; High Tea is served in place of supper, and is generally more rustic in nature, incorporating heartier foods.
The following Northern New Jersey locations serve Afternoon Tea. Please note: some establishments require reservations.
Belmari Tea Room
198 Diamond Bridge Ave., Hawthorne
Inspired by a tea they enjoyed on a trip to Paris, this charming tea room is owned and operated by three sisters, who named it in honor of their mother and grandmother. The tea menu includes more than 25 loose-leaf varieties, offered with three-tiered silver service of beautiful and delicious savories, scones and desserts – all made by one of the sisters. Sandwiches, soup and quiche are also available.
Harmony Tea Room
11 Bergen Street, Westwood
This genteel, tiny tea room is decorated in Laura Ashley-esque style, with lots of lace and flowered, mismatched china. Tea delicacies are served on tiered, silver stands and quilted chintz cozies keep teapots warm. “Sereni-tea” is the traditional line-up of sandwiches, scones and sweets for $17.95 and “Tranquili-tea” includes the same offerings plus homemade soup or salad for $19.95. A variety of other combinations are similarly, and cleverly, named.
High SocieTea House
20 Old Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Wayne
Housed in an historic building that was once a general store and post office, this bright and pretty tea room offers “traditional tea fare with a nouvelle twist.” The “Queen’s Tea” is especially popular and includes quiche with soup or salad, scones, assorted savories, sweets and a plated dessert for $25.95. The tea selection includes exotic white teas and a variety of herbal tisanes in addition to more traditional blends.
46 North Dean Street, Englewood
Proprietor Erica Morrison has created a hip, yet serene atmosphere with that gives a nod to ancient Asian tea traditions. More than 50 varieties of loose tea are available and the knowledgeable Morrison often stops by tables to offer suggestions and answer questions. Traditional teas, plus lunch and frozen yogurt are served daily.
The following two tea rooms offer alternatives to the traditional Afternoon Tea.
Green Cura Natural Health & Tea
454 Broad Avenue, Leonia
This tranquil, Asian-style tea room offers blends of herbal teas, like the Detox and the Flu Away, as natural remedies. Owners Caroline and Hasuk Chun will help you choose just the right tea to treat whatever ails you, or, simply to soothe. Bubble tea is also a specialty of the house.
Mambo Tea House
98 Park Ave., Rutherford
An impressive list of loose-leaf teas, a Cuban-influenced menu and funky, Latin-meets-Asian décor define this off-beat spot close to the Meadowlands. If tea and Caribbean-style food are more your speed than a beer and a burger, this is the place for you before or after the game.