As a major tea enthusiast,I've had high tea on at least 3 different continents and dozens of different cities. Still, I have not found a really great tea house in NYC. Now that I have, I'm reluctant to share my secret. The tea selections at the big hotels and places like The Russian Tea Room is lackluster at best. Tea in NYC tends to be synonymous with tea bags or green tea. This is one of the few places I have been to that had both decent food and a decent selection of flavored blacks. I recommend both the Lady Black and the black tea with coconut and vanilla. The owner is very nice and there are several regulars. Be warned that this is a small tea house so it may be best to try on the weekdays.