In the words of Taylor Swift, “nice to meet you, where you been?” Now that it’s finally warming up, spring days with beautiful sun hats, nice walks in the park, and afternoon tea dates don’t feel that far away. So, to celebrate the upcoming spring blooms, here are two cozy afternoon tea places in New York City’s West Village. After all, where better to await spring than tea parlors and patisseries?
Bosie Tea Parlor has been a New York staple of mine for a while–it’s low-key, has an artsy vibe, and serves great finger sandwiches. The traditional afternoon tea set isn’t over the top, and comes with a wide range of fresh macarons you can choose from. The table’s favorite was the salted caramel macaron, but the lavender macaron was also really lovely. Plus, Bosie’s Earl Grey Mille Crepe is just delicious! If you like subtly sweet desserts, you’ll definitely enjoy the fluffy layers of earl grey creme. And since Bosie is first and foremost a tea parlor after all, remember to pair your desserts with a cup of perfectly brewed tea before settling in for a relaxing afternoon.
So next time you’re in New York, make your way to Bosie for some tea and sweets. It is definitely worth the small queue you’ll sometimes find on the weekends (if that’s the case, just go around the corner to Patisserie Claude and enjoy a slice of Paris while you wait).
Also located in West Village, Patisserie Claude boasts what other patisseries crave–the Parisian approval. Claude’s regulars swear that the patisserie’s pain au chocolate, fresh brioche, and flakey croissant are buttery wonders straight from the streets of France. So when Claude announced his retirement in 2009, many were worried the authenticity of this pastry shop would disappear with him. But it hasn’t! My recent visit back was filled with fresh croissants and phenomenal pear tarts. Oh, and the brioche? Still the best in the city.
I hope you’re ready to embrace Spring, because I know I am. Will you be waiting for spring in delicious patisseries and cafes?
Address // 187 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014
Tel // (212) 255-5911