Like many obsessed New Yorkers coffee is my drug of choice. I need it in the morning to help get the cobwebs out of my head. I need another cup to deal with the subway ride to the office. I need MOAR coffee to get me through the work day. Then sometimes on the weekends I put aside my coffee addiction to enjoy a spot of tea. There are some neat spots in NYC to partake in some high-tea whimsy and Alice’s Tea Cup is one of them. There are actually three locations – Chapters I, II, and III. This is the Chapter II location on the Upper East Side in the 60′s. If ever in the area it’s worth a visit, but be forewarned that it does get crowded and can be a long wait on weekends.
Alice’s Tea Cup Chaper II -
If you are a fan of the Alice in Wonderland story and like to scurry down the rabbit hole once in a while then this place is a whimsical fantasy to enjoy some mighty tasty treats.
Both this location, and the other (Alice’s III), that I have been to are usually pretty popular judging by the amount of crowds always here, and by the long wait time to get a table during prime hours for brunch and afternoon tea. Be prepared to wait but if you have the time to kill you are rewarded with some quality tea and delicious scones!
Amazingly large and dense scones. Seriously, these things will add more junk to your trunk for sure! All types of flavors but I do love the pumpkin. The pumpkin is pretty awesome! There is also a very impressive and diverse selection of teas served in fun tea pots and mismatched China. We always seem to gravitate to the Mad Hatter High Tea here that includes two pots of tea and a multi-tiered tower of tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. More than enough for two people. I think every time we have had this we end up taking some home with us for dessert later on. The overall menu offers a wonderful selection of sandwiches, breakfast dishes, pancakes, and is a great place for brunch but be sure to get here early. No reservations but they will take your cell number and call when a table opens up. Prices are right, the food is filling, and the tea is delicious.
After a meal of whimsy at Alice’s you might want to go on a diet!
The staff here are usually terrific, helpful, fun, knows the teas quite well and will offer suggestions. Same as the other location. The place itself is not all that big, but there are two floors, and the seating is comfortable. The decor will remind you of childhood fantasies with all the Alice In Wonderland pics and art on the walls. It’s Alice overload! There will be parents with kids here too, so be aware in case you are the type that can’t deal eating out with kids around. Remember, this is the UES baby carriage crowd up here after all.
The ambiance at Alice’s can bring out the kid in all of us, and is a great spot for a casual date, children’s party, or catching up with friends.