Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month? We didn't either, but it makes perfect sense.
When the weather is cold, enjoying a warm cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting. For more delicious fun with your little one, check out our guide to the best Long Island brunch destinations for families, or treat yourself to our roundup of the Island's most decadent dessert spots.
Have a spot of tea and a scone or two at Chat Noir. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Chat Noir — Rockville Centre
Open for lunch every day from 9am to 5pm and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, Chat Noir offers an elegant setting, but with a cheeky menu. Patisserie offerings include freshly baked croissants and brioche, sweet and savory pies, delectable fruit tarts, and macaroons. But for heartier fare, you can also find sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and more. The prix-fixe tea includes finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, and a pot of tea.
The Garden City Hotel — Garden City
Famed for its high tea, the Garden City Hotel might seem a tad high-end for your kids. But don't be fooled: This spot offers several different types of teas, including a chocolate tea and a royal tea. There are a host of unique tea options, including birthday tea, cherry blossom, and more. Afternoon tea is served Saturdays at 2pm. It can be a tad pricey, but for a special occasion it can't be beat.
The Witches Brew — West Hempstead
This cafe is comfortable and relaxed. Enjoy its vast tea and coffee menu along with healthy food choices and spooky decor in a century-old house. Be advised, though: The cafe does not accommodate groups larger than 6 and does not take reservations or credit cards. Bring cash if you and your child want to sample its fare.
Hidden Oak Café at Bayard Cutting Arboretum — Great River
Step inside the glorious Manor House to find the Hidden Oak Cafe, which offers a menu of freshly prepared food, including sandwiches, quiches, soups, pies, and more. "Victorian Tea" comes complete with finger sandwiches, scones, a fresh pot, and catering, but must be booked 24 hours in advance. Winter hours (November-March) are 11am-3:30pm; summer hours (April-October) are 11am-4:30pm.
Milk and Sugar — Bay Shore
Not just a tea room, this South Shore spot is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Milk & Sugar does offer specialty teas (loose and bagged) along with delicious desserts, including macaroons, chocolate cakes, and more. There are plush couches, cushions, and pillows to relax on while you enjoy your tea and goodies. Its Sunday-morning brunch has kids' offerings as well.
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Along with traditional British high tea, Robinson's serves up beautiful baked desserts, including colorful macaroons. Photo courtesy of Robinson's Tea Room
Robinson’s Tea Room — Stony Brook
This cozy, antiques-filled tea room serves traditional British high tea (loose tea leaves with a diffuser), along with scones, finger sandwiches and light lunches. Freshly baked desserts, hot chocolate, and a selection of low-sugar desserts are also available. Children get their own teapot with every kids' meal. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.
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After savoring tea and scones, browse the gift shop at The Secret Garden tea room. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
The Secret Garden — Port Jefferson
This spot is adorable and has a large menu. However, children must be 7 or older. It offers several options, including dessert tea, a cream tea, a snack tea, and, of course, a full afternoon tea. Reservations are recommended, and the cafe asks to be notified 24 hours in advance for dietary restrictions.
Top photo: Delight your child with tea and sweets from the Milk & Sugar Cafe. Photo courtesy of the cafe