Introducing a relaxing afternoon at the Zodiac Room, which is a wonderful place for a steadfast favorite activity of mine is afternoon tea. Savory sandwiches, scrumptious scones, and sensational sweets all while sipping a warm beverage and having delightful conversation…what’s not to love?
Enter the Zodiac Room
Augusten and I recently took his Nana to The Zodiac Room to celebrate her birthday, and had such a lovely time. It’s situated in Hudson Yards in Neiman Marcus. You actually have to wind your way through the massive store in order to get there, so it has a bit of a hidden feel to it.
This is the second time I’ve been to the Zodiac Room, and neither time has it been crowded (which means you totally don’t feel rushed–something one can appreciate when dining anywhere in NYC. We had a 3 pm reservation and clearly stayed until way after sunset with no issue.) AND, you can make a reservation via OpenTable, which if you know me is essential. I’m not a fan of having to call restaurants to reserve.
The floor to ceiling windows look down onto the city, with sweeping views to the south as well. It’s a truly beautiful and spacious setting. There’s a plant based tea available, which is great if you’re avoiding ham and salmon on those sammies.
The tea is served from 3 pm to 5 pm daily, and a setting is $45 a person, or $65 with a glass of champagne. So still coming in quite cheaper than many of the teas in NYC, but retaining that air of luxury. Trust me, you’ll be happy you saved a few Jacksons when you see the gorgeous shoe department on your way out.
Beyond tea at the Zodiac Room, imagine small demitasse of chicken broth followed by popovers served piping hot with strawberry butter, salads, fresh seafood, house-made pastas, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items. Add a touch of luxury to a business or social luncheon at The Zodiac Room or do an upscale take-out. W
The Zodiac Room
20 Hudson Yards, Level 7
New York City, NY 10001
Visit their website for more information.
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He’s the inspiration for her first published children’s book, “Park Avenue Pound Puppy.” The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.
Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.
She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York…as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.