If you can't fly across the pond to experience High Tea in England, the next best thing is to replicate the experience in your own city or town.
Lady Mendl's in perhaps New York's most authentic British tea salon and for good reason. Every detail and decoration here screams Downton Abbey and the like. The Victorian style architecture and furniture add instant elegance to the salon's overall ambiance.
After being seated, guests enjoy a delicious five-course tea and an assortment of bite size sandwiches and freshly baked scones. The tea menu is rather extensive so don't be shy to ask your waiter for recommendations.
All in all, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends. It took me a good two and a half years to discover this place, making it a true hidden gem.
How to Get There: Take the L, 4, 5, 6, N, Q, or R train to Union Square