The Mark
25 East 77th St.
(at Madison Ave.)
New York, N.Y. 10021
Phone 212 - 744 - 4300
The Mark is an elegant hotel situated on a
quiet Upper East Side residential area.  The
neo-Italian Renaissance building was built
in 1926, but now it caters to discriminating
and affluent guests.

I did not know what to expect when I
entered the impeccable lobby, which was
not crowded -- but hushed. The Mark
restaurant, where they serve  afternoon
tea, was easy to locate from the entrance
door. It has an enviting English club
atmosphere.  I made myself known and
informed them that I was waiting for
someone to join me for tea.  They allowed
me to choose a table. After twenty minutes
of waiting, I decided to go ahead and order
my tea. During my visit, they had two types
of afternoon tea: one was the Mandarin
Tea, including aromatic chinese teas,  
mango and egg salad sandwiches,
chinese-style pastries and  almond cookies.  
I chose the traditional tea, which included a
selection of international teas, homemade
raisin scones with mascarpone and fruit
preserves, a selection of tea sandwiches,  
miniature tea pastries and a choice of  glass
of champagne.    

My date did not arrive, so I enjoyed my
afternoon tea alone ... well, this is not
entirely true. The staff was so attentive and
they constantly spoke to me, so I was not
really unaccompanied.  As the minutes
went by, the fact that my date did not show
up slipped my mind!

If you want to learn the Art of Chinese
Tea,  classes take place in Mark's,  host by
Ringo Lo, a Tea Master.  The Mark is New
York's best kept secret yet only a steps
away from world class shopping.
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