Prada at Housing Works. Waterfalls in Midtown. A bearded Jake Gyllenhaal on Canal Street. Sometimes, the best things are hiding in plain sight.
Like afternoon tea at the Crosby Street Hotel.
The traditional service ($38 a person) is calm, relaxed and decidedly less stuffy than anything offered uptown. However, the Crosby still serves the standards. Expect a generous pot of tea (our pick: the wild-chamomile flower blend) and a three-tiered tray of Anglo treats (from dainty finger sandwiches and miniature cakes to sugar-crusted scones and clotted cream).
Also bucking the typical 4 p.m. time frame, the Crosby offers these goodies all day. Mom in town? Treat her to a light and fancy breakfast. Entertaining clients? This is way more memorable than a Caesar salad.
Or save it all for your next happy hour with the girls. Spring for the Ruinart service ($48 a person), which comes with a flute of Champagne and, depending on how late you linger, fantastic model watching and Sage the Gemini from the speakers.
Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby St. (between Prince and Spring sts.); 646-929-6307 or crosbystreethotel.com