Hester Street Café

Hester Street Café

While the weather remains too cold for any outdoor shopping, a few of the city’s flea markets have remained open during the winter thanks but in indoor spaces. The Hester Street Fair won’t return until next month but they’ve maintained a presence these last few months by running a café inside the New Museum. I’ve been the museum a few years ago with friends to check out a particular exhibit but I hadn’t been back since. What brought me back was the lure of afternoon tea served in the café.

Afternoon Tea

And it was a proper tea set, sandwiches, scone and all. How marvelous! Tea for one included a pot of tea, a choice of two types of sandwiches, a scone and assorted baked goods. My pot of Keemun arrived first and then came the food. I chose Tarragon Chicken Salad and Salmon and Dill for my tea sandwiches. I ate most of the sandwiches but saved room for some of the other items on the tiered tray. The cranberry scone was served with butter and jam and I’m glad there was only one; I was getting nearly full after finishing it. There were no pastries but I was fine with what was offered: a macaron of your choice (I settled for a s’more one), two shortbread cookies (Earl Grey and Green Tea), a mini chocolate bundt cake and a lemon poppyseed cake.

For one person, it was plenty of food. I really couldn’t eat it all in one sitting and took home the remaining sandwiches (I finished them later that day) and nearly all of the baked goods (I ate the Earl Grey cookie at the café). Everything was really tasty and it was a reasonably priced tea service ($20 for one, $35 for two). The New Museum is a very unlikely place for afternoon tea but I would definitely go again.