Rainy Afternoon and Cream Tea at Podunk

Rainy Wednesday afternoon with Phyllis. We shared the Cream Tea at Podunk in the East Village. Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas. Sugar and milk, yes please. A duo of warm vanilla scones with a heaping dish of fresh whipped cream. Strawberry-basil jam and orange marmalade. Strawberries, mint and blackberries. Cushioned chairs that lean back ever so slightly. Drizzling rain outside and quiet conversation. Cozy!

Not many people seem to be aware of this, but you can drop by Podunk just for mini-scones and cookies to-go. One of my favorite treats made by Elspeth are these tiny cheese biscuits. They’re 50cents each, each bite simultaneously buttery and cheesy, with a nice flaky crunch. It’s like an intensified, fresh version of Cheez-its.

Now if only Elspeth would bake savory cheese scones with this same degree of butter and cheese-intensity…o_O

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New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-7722

Related: my Podunk posts on Serious Eats:
Afternoon Tea: Podunk
Black Pepper and Cardamom Chai

  • K and S
    March 24, 2011

    my kind of rainy afternoon :)

  • Dennis K.
    March 24, 2011

    Love rainy afternoons! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 25, 2011

    Hi Kat and Dennis!Yes!! People always complain about rainy weather, but I personally love those days, heheh

  • anonymous
    May 18, 2011

    Hello again, Kathy!I have been having a lovely rainy day reading your blog and about all the magical places you frequent. You are amazing. First, thank you for all your kindness, and two notes more: I'm finally attempting to make, daily, fresh puff pastry for all kinds of treats, including hallowed cheese straws–yum. But I will take your suggestion about cheesy savory scones (we used to do (deep breath) ham jarlsberg apple maple sage scones and I will try to bring them back….Thank you again, for everything.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 19, 2011

    Hi Elspeth! Thank you so much for your comment! I will have to stop by Podunk again soon to try these puff pastries…those cheesy savory scones sound truly incredible ;)

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