Five great tearooms in Northern New Mexico

Enjoy scrumptious pastries and tea at these hot spots
Michelle Pentz Glave

Albuquerque
The St. James Tearoom. Flaky scones, dainty savories, and 59 loose-leaf teas offer the Duke City a taste of Victoriana. $$$; Tue-Sat by reservation. 901 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W., Ste. E-130; 505/242-3752.

Los Luceros
Ice's Tea Room. In her intimate sunroom, farmer Gayle Ice dishes up chicken salad, green chile jelly, deviled eggs, and fruit sorbet with her tea. $$$; Tue-Thu Mar-Oct by reservation. House 33 Rd. 1097; 505/852-2589.

Santa Fe
Hotel St. Francis. Drink up the elegant Euro setting of this old-style hotel's gracious lobby. A sticky raspberry pastry pairs well with a pot of the house brew. $$; 3-5 daily. 210 Don Gaspar Ave.; 505/983-5700.

Sunrise Springs.
Sit barefoot on tatami mats with bowls of foamy green matcha tea in this peaceful Zen-style sanctuary of the tea ritual. Weekly public teas and private tea gatherings by reservation. $$$. 242 Los Pinos Rd.; 800/955-0028.

The Teahouse.
Salon and gallery in an airy whitewashed adobe. Sample 150 exotic imported teas in glass mugs along with a brie-and-baguette basket. $; 8:30-7 daily. 821 Canyon Rd.; 505/992-0972.