Found a wonderful little tea shop in Greenwich Village that gets the nod of approval from one of the Brits I was visiting over the weekend. Tea & Sympathy was a big hit with Lesley, who has been training in New York for the past several months and seemed primed to relish a taste of home.
(The shop also gets a nod of approval from a lot of celebrities and other British ex-patriots, according to the shop's website.)
We had Yorkshire Gold tea with scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam, and a British soft drink that Lesley said she hasn't had since she was a kid. (They were out of the Vimto and I think we ended up with the Ribena.)
Lesley also got excited when the adjacent fish and chips shop A Salt and Battery carried a pudding that she hadn't seen in London in years. I can't remember the name of it, but Lesley was impressed.
(Warning: The English usage of the word pudding can be translated to mean a custard-like dessert, any and all desserts, sausage or, as experienced by my husband, anything you want it to be. It's an extremely versatile word, he insists. But that's another story.)