Could it be possible that the city's best afternoon tea is also the city's most well-priced afternoon tea? Welcome to Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village. I've waited a year and a half for this place to open, and it was worth the wait.
Designed after classic French tearooms, everything from furnishings to teapots and tea tiers is clearly thought through, and the food certainly delivers. Afternoon Tea for one is $20 and includes tea sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, macarons, and of course, your own pot of tea. Bigger appetites (though the standard set is plenty of food) may opt for the Deluxe Afternoon Tea route ($28), which adds a salad and replaces tea cakes with your pick of pastry from the dessert case. Bosie offers over 80 different types of teas by l'Âge de Thé, their in-house tea line. Take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and break away from your usual tea to try something new. Each pot is brewed to order, the tea leaves removed before it's delivered to your table. A perfectly brewed pot, every time.
Tea sandwiches at Bosie are classics—the bread thin-cut, a different type for each sandwich, the filling evenly spread and nicely secured so that even the clumsiest eater won't make a mess. Whereas most tearooms have sandwiches pre-made, these are made to order, guaranteeing there will never be a dry crumb. Four types, and you can pick three (they come with two triangles of each) to go with your afternoon tea. Egg salad paired with thyme blossoms, thinly sliced cucumbers with dill and cream cheese. Cream cheese meets scallions when matched with Scottish smoked salmon, and there's the much loved, but not often spotted curried chicken with golden raisins. Too hard to decide? I don't blame you. (Have all four types for just another $3.50.)
A common problem with afternoon tea sets is that sweets always outweigh the savory. I often find myself itching to trade a cookie or cake for a few extra sandwiches. The split at Bosie is an ideal 50:50 between savory and sweet, another first in the city. All pastries are made in-house, including the excellent macarons in options ranging from passionfruit-chocolate to peanut butter and jelly. There's a whole collection of tea-flavored macarons in addition to classics. Choose two macaron flavors, and then chose two teacakes from a selection of five. They're thin rectangular cakes, slightly mounded and plenty moist, in flavors like matcha, lemon, vanilla, candied fruit, and chocolate. But don't forget the scones! Petite triangles with a top of crunchy pearl sugar. They use softened butter instead of clotted cream, and the raspberry jam with seeds is one that you'll remember fondly. The pastry chef also bakes larger versions of these scones which you can purchase to go—along with croissants and all the other pastries sold at Bosie.