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TEA & SYMPATHY: An authentic British spot in the West Village with a British staff and a persnickety list of rules; you'll feel like the queen herself is liable to walk in. Great food abounds, such as Welsh rarebit, and there's a $13 minimum; no duffers, please. High tea for two, with scones and a tiered plate of little cakes, is $36.
Where: 108 Greenwich Ave.
Info: 212-989-9735, teaandsympathy.com(Credit: Natan Dvir)

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Top tea rooms in Manhattan

Even in an era of global warming, there's always a place for a hot cup of tea in wintertime. New York's tea establishments tend to be either Asian- or British-inflected, since those parts of the globe have turned their appreciation into an art form. Whether you're sitting down to an elegant ritual with cucumber sandwiches or grabbing a slushy "bubble tea" in Chinatown, here are the top Manhattan stops. --TED LOOS. Special to Newsday