I think I’ve found my new favorite museum: The Morgan Library & Museum.
As a huge fan of architecture and interior design, seeing Pierpont Morgan’s 1906 Library was a plus. There was a Charlotte Bronte exhibit in celebration of the author’s 200th birthday during my visit, which was another plus.
It also helped that the museum serves afternoon tea.
The Morgan Library & Museum is located in Midtown Manhattan on Madison Avenue. Coming from all over the city, you can easily get off at major subway stations like Grand Central and Herald Square and walk a few streets to the museum.
Afternoon tea at The Morgan Library is served in the Morgan Cafe. Though indoors, it feels like being in an outdoor courtyard with a very high glass ceiling, tall windows and even a few trees.
On a rainy Friday afternoon at around 2:30 pm, all tables were full so I had to wait a few minutes to get a seat.
There’s one package for afternoon tea at the Morgan Library called The Morgan Tea.
The Savory – (three varieties, seven items per person)
Half a deviled egg, two chicken salad on raisin bread finger sandwiches, two turkey and mayonnaise finger sandwiches and two smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
Two cranberry scones were served warm with sugar crystals sprinkled on top and served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
The preserve was average. But the scones were actually really good. I’d actually go back for the scones, especially warm with a good serving of clotted cream.
The Sweet – (two varieties per person)
Two items were part cupcake part bread. It was sweet. More like a muffin and filled with preserved fruit. (It also went well with the clotted cream… or maybe I was just trying to make it another scone because they were that good.)
Food is served in two tiered afternoon tea trays. They are made of a tin material kind of like this, but nicer.
The cool thing—not sure if it’s for presentation reasons or if it makes life easier for the server—is the tea pot. The tea cup and pot are plain white but they stack on top of each other. So the server could make just one trip, bringing all three tea pots at the same time.
Just like at a usual restaurant, staff are courteous. No complaints.
Free WiFi is available throughout the Morgan Library & Museum, including the cafe. It’s fast and easy to access.
Social Media Aspect
The Morgan Library & Museum is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They post frequently with visitors’ content, updates of upcoming and current exhibitions and other events.
It’s a $21 afternoon tea at a museum. If you’re a frequent afternoon tea goer, don’t expect it to be anything like The St. Regis or The Langham. Think more British Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But I actually liked this one better than the MET.
Cost: $21 per set (Note: You do not need to pay for admission to the museum to have tea at the Morgan Cafe. Though of course, you don’t want to miss going into the exhibitions!)
Tea Time: The Morgan Cafe is open on Tuesday–Thursday 11 am to 4 pm
Friday 11 am to 8 pm
Saturday–Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016