If you haven't had a tea party since elementary school, it's time to head downtown: The new Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village is a throwback to the days when a cup of tea was a cause for celebration.
Jazz music, old French photos and embossed, gold tea-bins lining the walls make it easy to linger over a pot of Earl Grey for an hour (or two, or three).
Owners Kiley Holliday and Nick Dawda have stocked the airy parlor with 80 unique flavors from their line, l'Âge de Thé, and help guests select the perfect cup based on their preferences. We love Almond Cookie, a robust mix of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and rose petals, and the spicy, organic Chai, blended from Dawda's family recipe. Guests can also purchase their favorite loose tea (starting at $5 for a two-ounce tin), and coffee lovers can leave with a bag of La Colombe whole beans ($13 to $17 a pound).
A single cup ($4 to $10) is more than satisfying, but we recommend savoring the atmosphere with Bosie's spectacular afternoon tea service, which is actually served all day ($25 for one person, $40 for two). You'll get three different made-to-order sandwiches (don't miss the curry-chicken salad, which Dawda makes daily), two rum-glazed teacakes, two macarons (try the pistachio and the caramel-sea salt) and two just-baked scones with butter and homemade raspberry preserves.
Bosie Tea Parlor, 10 Morton St. (between Bleecker St. and 7th Ave.); 212-352-9900 or bosienyc.com