New York isn't London, which is to say, it doesn't revere tea time, but that doesn't mean you can't find fabulous places where you can enjoy a full high tea.
One of them is Mandarin Oriental's Lobby Lounge, which from the 35th floor overlooks Columbus Circle and the southwestern entrance of Central Park. It's not just the view that's spectacular, though. The tea menu is also stellar, drawing influences from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. You'll get all the usual treats as part of the service: scones served with jam and cream, tea sandwiches, and pastries.
If you're visiting around Chinese New Year, you're in for a special treat; the Lobby Lounge has a special tea service designed just for the holiday.