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 deal: for $8 you get $16 worth of teatime eats and drinks at The Secret Tea Room. Join in the civilized traditions of tea time with the Secret Tea Room's arcane menu filled with delightfully traditional culinary tea accompaniments, more than 25 varieties of tea served by the pot, and a royal menu option for tea time with another tippler. Like a candle lit dinner at the DMV, the Queen’s Tea ($24.95) can be enjoyed by romantic twosomes or platonic partners, complete with a steaming pot of tea, 3 savory bites, an assortment of desserts, English scones, clotted cream, and strawberry sauce.
The Secret Tea Room
At The Secret Tea Room, 30-year restaurant veteran John L. Magee and his family of chefs, bakers, and waiters serve gourmet lunch fare and elegant Queen’s teas. On tabletops, pots of Jasmine Fanning green teas, peppermint herbal teas, or any selection of their 24 varieties of fresh look leaf teas imported from around the world rest beside bone china and three-tiered trays of sandwiches and English-style scones. The café’s specialty Crab Cake YaYa, served with fried green tomatoes, napa-cabbage-green-apple-bacon slaw, and housemade rémoulade sauce, headlines a menu of salads and sandwiches. In addition to its parties and luncheons for adults, The Secret Tea Room hosts tea parties for 4- to 8-year-olds, featuring kid-size servings and teacups that transform into robots.