Taking part in afternoon tea may be an activity most New Yorkers associate with the words bucket list and Plaza Hotel, but that doesn't mean it always involves suited waiters and hushed dining rooms. If you're looking for a new alternative to weekend brunch, head to Williamsburg, where long-awaited restaurant Harvey is giving classic English teatime a modern, approachable spin.
Park yourself in one of the red leather banquettes, where a customizable tower of sweet and savory carbs runs $30 a person. Instead of crumpets and clotted cream, Brooklyn Bread Lab provides three tiers of freshly baked items like mini almond pies, chocolate and rosemary scones, and pizzettes with spicy salami and locally made ricotta. Meanwhile, you can fill your teapot with leaves sourced by East Village purveyor Tea Dealers. Choose from aromatic brews including a single-estate green tea from Japan or a Nahorabi Assam from India with vibrant caramel undertones.
Feeling extra fancy? All you have to do is ask for one of the petite Champagne bottles—and remember, pinkies up.
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