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Huntington: The secret tea room

The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery, Huntington,

The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery, Huntington, is now closed Photo Credit: Joan Reminick

Call it one of Long Island’s loveliest little secrets: Within Main Street Nursery, just west of Huntington Village, is a charming little tearoom secreted away in a Victorian glass conservatory.

On a recent warm Saturday, I found the place comfortably air-conditioned,  filled with the aroma of freshly baked scones. Tables, covered with linen and lace cloths, were set with artfully mismatched vintage china.

From the a la carte menu, both chocolate chip and honey scones turned out very good. Open-face sandwiches ($7.50) on hearty whole grain bread (tuna and chicken salad, both nicely executed) came with bright arugula and tomato salads. A fragrant and fluffy pumpkin waffle ($6.95) came with freshly whipped cream, warm maple syrup on the side. From the extensive menu of freshly brewed tea (available both hot and iced), I favored both the cranberry apple and peach fruit teas, served in individual pots.

"High tea" (a complete meal with finger sandwiches, scones, tea and sweets) is served by reservation only, at $25 a person.

The place is open to the public year-round, Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when brunch is available for $15 a person. The Tea Room also does children’s teas, tea parties and private events.

The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery is at 475 W. Main St., Huntington, 631-271-0160.

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