Tea and Sympathy presents Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee to New York City
Royal family fans are going nuts for the Queen’s Jubilee at British pubs and eateries in New York City — with one foundation offering screenings, a build-your-own crown station and “Queen for a Day” contest.
Tea and Sympathy, which serves British comfort food in the West Village, is throwing an all-out bash starting Saturday morning with live music and a competition to dress up like a ruler and win a prize.
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s record seven decades on the throne, the restaurant will offer an outdoor viewing of Jubilee events, including the Epsom Derby horse race, laborers said.
“I just think it’s a fantastic celebration of 70 years of service to our country,” said Stephanie Kessell, a 34-year-old British transplant who works at the restaurant.
Celebrations, which start at 9:30 a.m., will likewise incorporate a “Coronation Station” where people can construct a crown out of paper and stick-on jewels.
The jazz band Max Dolgin Trio Plus will play a set and the restaurant will offer free Chapel Down’s Brut Rose — the wine served at Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding — alongside Union Jack-shaped crackers, laborers said.
The eatery will likewise serve traditional Jubilee pudding, a British dessert made of wipe cake and lemon curd.
Dan Howarth, 33, creative consultant from England, called it a taste of home.
“It’s important to celebrate such milestones. We can’t join the celebrations at home, but we can be here,” he said.
On Friday, the restaurant hung British flags outside and had decorated the joint with a cardboard cut-out of the 96-year-old monarch.
“It will be busy tomorrow,” said Nicky Perry, the restaurant’s owner. “People love it when you have a bit of a party.
The traditional British Dance troupe, the Bouwerie Boys Morris Dancers, will likewise perform outside beginning at 11 a.m. alongside a jazz band on Sunday.