Posted: August 18, 2016

Get Drunk on Hot Tea at Brunch

We can’t say that after a long Saturday night out, we wake up early Sunday afternoon and our first thought is “Let’s have a tea party!” but after trying the Tipsy Tea brunch at Tanner Smith’s in Midtown,  we have changed our tune. This large but intimate space is offering a brunch that comes with a giant teapot full off booze to help ease your pain. That coupled with great cocktails and a killer menu will make Tanner Smith’s a go-to place for an uptown brunch or a great stop for just a spot of afternoon “tea”.

The brunch special consists of a tea pot or two cocktails, any entrée item on the menu and a macaroon dessert plate for each person. At $40 it may not be the cheapest option, but where brunch is concerned, you get what you pay for. We normally go with something cheesy, gooey and outright decadent for brunch, and Tanner Smith’s has plenty to offer in that department (ahem, mac and cheese topped with bacon and onion rings), but the best thing we tried had to be the skillet baked pancake. It is served in a large cast-iron skillet with all the trimmings, and is light, fluffy and delicious. The pan gives you the crispy, buttery edges, and the nearly 2-inch thick interior is super delicate.  If that long night out has you considering healthier life choices you should definitely check out the avocado smash toast on sourdough with a poached egg.

Honestly, the teapots are the way to go here and you won’t be disappointed. It’s clear the bartender takes a lot of pride in his work, and he shines in the different teapot offerings. The “Rosie Lee” is a mix of Hendricks gin, lavender infused tea, lemon and champagne and was definitely our favorite. There are others with bases of Aperol and bourbon if the Rosie Lee isn’t your cup of tea (sorry, couldn’t help it).  Aside from the teapots, there is a strong menu of cocktails that include many innovative and seasonal ingredients to tempt your taste buds, and accompany what will for sure be a fantastic meal.