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Bemelman-like hotel bar in Center City?

Is there any spot in Philadelphia that is like Bemelman's (classy bar at the Carlyle Hotel ) in NYC?

Feb 07, 2010
nhpescetarian in Philadelphia

Savvy Tea Gourmet (Madison, CT): Been there?

After a trip to London with my 22 yr old daughter last fall, we were looking for a quality high tea - and found it at this place! Not only did we get the typical tiered tray with savories and sweets, but the owner's wife kept coming out with hot-from-the oven extras: miniature quiches, blueberry scones, additional desserts! The fresh lemon curd was to die for, all the food was wonderful - including their accommodation of our fish/seafood only needs(they actually apologized for the non-traditional sushi roll they made us - it was delicious and we appreciated the creativity of this expanded selection). But wait, there's more! In the traditional English teas we had in London (ranging from high class department stores with blue-haired ladies to trendy and ultra-chic Notting Hill), we were allowed to select one type of tea for the pot. Savvy Tea treats this experience like a chef's tasting menu with wine...we had a different kind of tea with each course - I think 6 in all, ranging from light to dark. And a fascinating tea lesson on each one from the owner. Believe me, I'm gonna go again, as it's well worth the mini-trek from New Haven.