Best of Boston

2006 Best Tea, Afternoon


For a modern Boston tea party, head to L’Espalier on a Saturday afternoon, when the Back Bay brownstone is filled with elegant ladies nibbling on pastries and canapés. We recommend Red Riding Hood’s Basket: savory tea sandwiches, melt-in-your-mouth scones with crème fraîche, and chocolate-dipped strawberries or Valrhona milk chocolate mousse tarts. The tea, delivered with a graceful flourish, is brewed just so and punctually refilled. You won’t want to spill a drop.

744 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-3023,