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Don't Go Alone To the Tea of Togetherness At Mandarin Oriental New York

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January 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

Chinese New Year rolls around on Monday, and the Mandarin Oriental is feelin' festive. The hotel's annual Tea of Togetherness is all about good fortune, well-being, and—of course—togetherness, but as major dim sum fans ourselves, we're just stoked to get our snack on.

Everyday starting at 2:30pm, dumplings, rolls, cakes, and scones will all pop up in the hotel's 35th floor Lobby Lounge, where a more traditional Afternoon Tea is normally served during the rest of the year. But instead of Devon clotted cream and marmalade, over the next two weeks you'll find things like Jade Vegetable Dumplings, Pork and Watercress Wontons, Shrimp and Mango Rolls, Dragon Duck Wrap, Chinese tea cakes, and ginger scones.

Now, as tea houses go, New York has a surplus of choices. You can go to refurbished old-time-y joints in Chinatown, or check out newer, trendier spots in places like Williamsburg and the East Village. But while those are great, none of them are able to offer the breathtaking views that make MO so, so special. The price? A little steep: $48 (per person) gets you the full "eight taste" spread. But you know the old expression—spend a little money, eat a lot of dumplings...

The Tea of Togetherness will be available daily from 2:30pm-4:30pm starting on Monday 23, and ending on Sunday Feb 5.

[Photo: Super Charz/Flickr]

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