I don’t fancy myself a professional food critic, by any means. I am just a girl who loves to eat. It’s difficult to find an eatery in the Hudson Valley that extends beyond basic Italian or Chinese, but recently the food scene has exploded and I am on a mission to try as many new and interesting restaurants as I can. Recently, my sister and I visited Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room & Gifts in the Hudson Valley town of Carmel, N.Y.
Having heard rumor of a tea room popping up in the heart of Carmel-proper, naturally we were excited. As civilized and cultured ladies ::cough, cough::, we knew that we would be right at home in such a sophisticated bistro.
Upon arrival, we were immediately taken by Florrie Kaye’s quaint, English-cottage inspired exterior, which lends to its unique charm. Nestled along a main street that is chock full of strip malls and gas stations, it is definitely noteworthy.
The decor is as fabulous as you’d imagine. Pure white table linens play host to perfectly mismatched china. Fashion mannequins don vintage hats with feathers and brooches. The thick, brocade curtains are the perfect final touch that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The wait staff and owner are beyond lovely and helpful when choosing what to order. We decided on Afternoon Tea, which comes with an assortment of finger sandwiches and pastries, so we could taste each. We drank White Vanilla Grapefruit tea and it was one of the most delightful things I have ever tasted!
All of the finger sandwiches were delicious. We were served authentic French maccaroons and flourless chocolate cake. My favorite, by far, was the scone with cream and jam. The scone, alone, was worth our trip! (Which is probably why they sell them to take home; everyone has the same feeling once they’ve tasted them!) My sister and I had a fabulous time and are already planning our next visit in order to try other things on the menu that we missed out on!
To learn more about Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room, visit their website and like them on Facebook! Or better yet, if you’re in the neighborhood, go check them out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!