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The 8 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in New York City

For the food alone, afternoon tea isn't a steal. With prices starting in the 20s and running up to the 50s, taking tea is more of a special treat where you pay for the atmosphere as much as the food. And, of course, the luxury to lounge around for hours with no bother—an experience that is well worth it. Today we give you our eight favorite places for afternoon tea in New York, from luxurious hotels to casual tea shops. More

5 Cream-Topped Sweets We Love

Who doesn't like cream? Freshly whipped, thick and barely sweetened is how I prefer it, whether it's topping off a lush banana cream pie at Blue Smoke Bake Shop or served atop the chocolate mousse from Buvette. But it's excellent in all forms, including at Otto, where you get straight-up cream in the form of the Huckleberry-Mascarpone Cream Gelato. Break out the spoons! More

Sugar Rush: Red Bean Butter Toast at Cha-An

The Red Bean Butter Toast ($9) at Cha-An is substantial enough to count as a meal, so keep that in mind when you order. A three inch-tall cut of a remarkably pillowy soft bread is housemade and slightly sweet; it's given a light toast in the oven and topped with mashed and then whipped tsubushian, otherwise known as sweetened red bean paste. More

5 Matcha Sweets We Love

Matcha is an incredibly versatile ingredient, and New York restaurants and cafes have made good use of its potential. From warm matcha and buckwheat drinks to chocolate miso cakes topped with a matcha shiro-an, the possibilities are endless. Here are five matcha sweets we love. Let us know if we've missed your favorites! More

Desserts à la Mode

Ice cream, sorbets, and gelati. They're hardly the main focus of restaurant desserts, but often play an important supporting role, without which the dessert would not be nearly as good. From a quenelle of bold sake ice cream to pair with tempura rice pudding at 15 East, to ginger-lime ice cream and sticky toffee pudding (finished with fresh grated lime zest!) at Veritas, click through to find the five restaurant desserts we love where the ice cream is just as good as the star of the plate. More

Lunch for One: Porridge Set at Cha An

For lunch today, winter commands "Set A" from Cha-An, a $16 prix fixe centered around one cozy bowl of porridge. It's a 15-grain rice porridge, and includes (among many other grains) red and brown rice, buckwheat, barley, and millet. It's the sort of dish you want after a hectic day or when you feed a need to revive your health. More

Lunch for One: Cha-An

Today's lunch recommendation? Head to Cha-An in the East Village for lunch—in particular, Bento Set "B" ($19). It will give you a wide taste of the menu, dessert and tea included. You will leave quite satisfied. The meal begins... More

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