What could be lovelier than tea on a cool winter day? How about an “Alice in Wonderland” tea party at Alice’s Tea Cup! Ok so it wasn’t really a Mad Hatter style tea party, more like “Tea for Two” but it could have been! I love the whimsical decor and Alice in Wonderland theme of this quaint café, it brings me right back to my childhood. I had been meaning to try this place ever since we moved to the city almost a year ago because one of my co-workers from Florida who grew up in New Jersey had recommended it, and she always has great recs.
One of my friends from grad school at UF had just moved into the city, and we both had the afternoon off on a Friday, and it was too early for happy hour so I thought why not go for some tea! We went to Alice’s Tea Cup’s midtown/upper east side location which was a good half way meeting spot for us, but they also have one in the upper east side and the upper west side. This location is pretty small, and we were lucky that we only had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. The tea menu is huge – I swear they have about 100 different varieties! We decided to go for the “Mad Hatter” for two which came with our choice of two pots of tea, three scones, two sandwiches, and assorted cookies and a choice of dessert. I decided on the Chocolate Chai Tea and my friend got the Rose Tea Melange. We got a buttermilk scone, a peanut butter and chocolate chip scone, and a wild berry lemon scone, along with smoked salmon and lapsang souchong smoken chicken breast sandwiches, and the chocolate mousse for dessert. It was a ton of food!
The scones were huge and delicious! They were moist and soft and crumbly, and coupled so well with the whipped cream and preserves. My favorite was the peanut butter and chocolate – no surprise there! The wild berry and lemon scone was so fragrant and sweet, it was a very close second. The buttermilk scone was plain, as it was supposed to be I guess, so it was my least favorite.
Oh I forgot to mention it was Good Friday, and I can’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent so I didn’t really get to try the lapsang souchong smoken chicken breast sandwich (boy that’s a mouthful!) with granny smith apple and herbed goat cheese on seven grain bread. But my friend said it was very good, and she especially liked the goat cheese. I did in fact pick out the chicken and take a bite of the sandwich and found the goat cheese and granny smith apple to be an excellent pairing even sans chicken. The smoked salmon was served with a light lemon-dill butter on pumpernickel and was quite light and enjoyable – a perfect tea sandwich.
We were both pretty stuffed at this point, so my friend just had a nibble of the chocolate mousse which she said was delicious! We still had quite a bit of treats left over, and our server suggested a to go box which we happily accepted.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Alice’s Tea Cup! I was really surprised at how much food was included in the tea service, I almost wish they had a smaller option for two people when you just want a snack. I know it’s very weird for me to complain about there being too much food! Lol. I would definitely recommend this as a brunch or lunch option and not just as an afternoon snack unless you plan on skipping dinner!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Alice’s Tea Cup | www.alicesteacup.com | 156 E 64th Street