Tea & Sympathy, 2019 Village Awardee
Nicola (Nicky) Perry with a cup of tea in front of her restaurant, Tea & Sympathy

Tea & Sympathy, 2019 Village Awardee

For the almost three decades, Tea & Sympathy at 108 Greenwich Avenue has been a fixture in Greenwich Village for greeting, meeting, and eating. Serving tea and traditional British comfort food, this iconic and authentic British eatery is beloved by locals and visited by people from all over the world. In June at Village Preservation’s Annual Meeting and Awards, we will honor this local shop that is so much more than a business.

Nicola (Nicky) Perry and Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett, owners of Tea & Sympathy

Tea & Sympathy has been welcoming everyone from (in owner Nicky Perry’s words) “little old ladies to rock stars, and lonely long-time locals to homesick expats.” She serves them all, and says she loves seeing them all become friends. She very much cares for her customers and the community, especially the elderly. Nicky established a program called Dinner for One More to encourage Village elders who may be isolated and alone to have a welcoming place to dine and meet others. Since its opening in 1991, Nicky and her husband Sean have started two other businesses, Carry On Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery, the latter a fish and chips shop.

In the restaurant, the tables are set with traditional flowered china teapots and tea cups with saucers lending to the Old World feel of the place. The walls are lined with photos of the owner’s family and gifts and letters from long time admiring patrons such as the late Dr. Oliver Sachs. Letters signed by the Queen of England and other English memorabilia are delightful to peruse while you’re dining on fare such as Shepherd’s Pie, Coronation (curried) chicken salad sandwiches, Welsh rarebit, ploughman’s lunch, and all manner of delicious cakes and “puddings” doused with crème anglaise.

Delectable goodies served at Tea & Sympathy

Nicky and Sean started this business with a gift from Nicky’s Dad. They are great benefactors of many civil and local causes, often donating money, time, or food.  They have garnered attention from the media such as the BBC and the London Times, and received accolades from political circles for their advocacy and cultural contributions, including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and State Senator Brad Hoylman.

Nicky Perry with a cup of tea in front of her restaurant, Tea & Sympathy

Join us on June 12, 2019, at 6:30pm to honor Tea & Sympathy and our other Awardees at our 29th Annual Village Awards Ceremony.  

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4 comments on “Tea & Sympathy, 2019 Village Awardee
  1. Sarah Bean Apmann Tammy Cooke says:

    Well deserved congrats!!!!

  2. Sarah Bean Apmann Brendan sexton says:

    Couldn’t be a more deserving awardee! Makes me proud to know Nicky and Sean, and proud to be a member of Village Preservation. This choice shows that VP knows preservation is about more than buildings. Tea and Sympathy helps preserve the quirkiness, friendliness, and smarts that make the Village the Village.

  3. Sarah Bean Apmann Debbie Ciraolo says:

    I am so excited and thrilled for Nicky & Sean, proprietors of
    Tea & Sympathy, who were selected to receive
    this prestigious award, recognition, and honor from
    Andrew Berman & the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

    Congratulations on all your achievements and contributions you make to Greenwich Village to be such an outstanding, special and unique community to live, work and visit. All your efforts shine a glimmering light on our beloved city and community for visitors from all over to visit and enjoy.

    Your contributions to social causes and political activism raise consciousness, truth, and honesty in such troubling times. Your restaurant offers to have a lovely cup of tea and delicious delights a safe space where such matters can be discussed openly.

    Thank you for all your efforts.

  4. Sarah Bean Apmann Debbie Ciraolo, M.A. says:

    I am so excited and thrilled for Nicky & Sean, proprietors of
    Tea & Sympathy, who were selected to receive
    this prestigious award, recognition, and honor from
    Andrew Berman & the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

    Congratulations on all your achievements and contributions you make to Greenwich Village to be such an outstanding, special and unique community to live, work and visit. All your efforts shine a glimmering light on our beloved city and community for visitors from all over to visit and enjoy.

    Your contributions to social causes and political activism raise consciousness, truth, and honesty in such troubling times. Your restaurant offers to have a lovely cup of tea and delicious delights a safe space where such matters can be discussed openly.

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