I'm a huge fan of afternoon teas and make it a habit to try them, this is by far my favorite on many levels. Great ambience (so cozy and cute, love the fireplace!), the food is actually TASTY, the scones are warm, there is a HUGE variety of high quality tea, and unlike some other places, you're not JUST paying for the 'experience' here, it's actually a great value. I've done the fancy (and not-so-fancy) afternoon teas in NYC, and it's not a huge generalization to say that you pay for the 'experience.' Neither the food nor the tea are stellar (or at least not up to par with the price). You're really paying to sit in a pretty/lovely room and enjoy some gab time with lady friends with no rush or pressure from the staff. While you still get that 'experience' at High Societea, I definitely felt like I also got great tea, food, and friendly service. I love that they have a changing menu the reflects what's locally and seasonally available. We had a slight mix-up over the reservation but the hostess was very accommodating and was able to move us back 30 minutes. We were only the 3rd group there at 11:30 on Saturday but it was quite full by the time we left around 1pm. I had the Queen's Tea and both my mom and sister got the Princess Tea. It was definitely a lot of food. We took 2 of our scones and all the plated desserts (3 servings, one for each of us) to go. They have seasonal house-blended teas, I loved my winter tea (Snowflake?) and bought some loose to take home. They also have a gift store area near the entrance with lots of cute tea accessories and nifty gift items. I would definitely recommend a reservation. My one suggestion would be that I wish they had some sort of email or online reservation system. I would prefer a confirmation and/or other more convenient way of making a reservation.
Thank you so much for your comments. They are so appreciated! My staff works very hard to make sure all of our guests have a memorable experience at the tea house. We have tried to create a warm and comforting atmosphere. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your tea and hope to see you again soon and we can discuss your tea adventures.
As far as the reservation system, we have been looking into updated reservation programs and either they are extremely expensive for us or they do not seem to work as well as they advertise, but we are still investigating! Lol! Thank you again for you critique of the tea house.