Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon to La-Tea-Da Tea Room & Parlour on Alexander Street.
La-Tea-Da is a sanctuary of steeping that specializes in afternoon tea, in a cozy, elegant atmosphere. Today’s Groupon is for afternoon tea at this charming respite, where tea lovers can loosen their leaves and enjoy a bottomless pot of tea. A selection of tea-complementing nibbles is available for noshing, including a variety of finger sandwiches, a homemade scone with Devonshire cream and jam, and a sampling of pastries so petite and delicate that they make Lillian Gish look like the Jolly Green Giant. La-Tea-Da also has a trunk full of debonair dress-up clothes for children to don while sipping hot chocolate or milk. This afternoon outing is a great setting for bridal showers, birthdays, and very merry unbirthdays with manic milliners. Scope out the full menu for all the leafy treats.
TripAdvisors give La-Tea-Da Tea Room & Parlour an average of four owl eyes:
La-Tea-Da! Tearoom & Parlour
Just a few steps down a walkway lined with flowers and lush foliage brings them to the doorway of a Victorian building—hard to miss, in its brilliant shade of violet. Once inside, one may be excused for thinking that one has stepped into a time warp. Pastel-colored tables surround an elegant couch in a parlor decorated with a hodgepodge of porcelain sculptures and decorative plates that evokes an era long past.
With their easygoing demeanor and willingness to strike up a conversation on the spot, the parlor’s friendly staff members are also an anachronism of sorts. Their menu includes selections for brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea, from bite-size pastries to hearty slices of quiche. Steamy brews such as earl grey, peach rooibos, and Japanese sencha tea pour forth from teakettles emblazoned with polka dots or cast in the shapes of plump bunnies and perky frogs. Children play-act in the parlor during tea parties, pulling on sequined dress-up clothes and communicating through vocoders that embellish their voices with British accents.