Lady Mendl's is wonderful! I hosted a tea to start of my best friend's bachelorette at Lady Mendl's in the summer of 2008 and it was a wonderful afternoon!
I took a friend to Harmony back in January for a lunchtime birthday tea. We LOVED it! Everything was top-notch and very creative. The tea was delicious, the sandwiches were super, the desserts were yummy and the soup was wonderful! The only critique I have is the expense. I've been to teas in Manhattan for about $30 a person where there were unlimited sandwiches and a larger amount of food. The tradeoff at Harmony is the gourmet aspect of the food - it is very creative and very good. But at about $18 a person (there are various options so this isn't the only price) it's too expensive for a lunchtime visit. It's much more of a special occassion place - which is a shame because if it was a bit more affordable, I would definitely have lunch there more often! Perhaps a lunch menu hovering around $10 a person with a slightly more limited selection of items but larger portions would be a good idea?
Thanks for the compliments. I would encourage people to come in for lunch as we have a soup/salad/tea option for 13.95 and a recent addition of soup or salad with a savory scone and tea for $8.95. Hope to see you again.
I love Rolling Pin Cafe! I go for my lunch hour about once a month. It's always very, very crowded so get there around 11:30am to get a good seat. If you come anytime between 12-1:30pm you will have to wait. The sweet potato salad is great and the sandwiches are always super fresh and delicious. The lemonade is also wonderful. I usually get a 1/2 & 1/2 - where you pick two - soup, salad or sandwich and get half of each. It's a good deal for really good food!