Alice’s Tea Cup is not too far from the magical world Alice stepped into. With a wide selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and mixed teas, this cosy tearoom is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. My brief stop in New York–before visiting my family for Thanksgiving Break–consisted of a satisfying brunch at Friedman’s, a great spot for homemade comfort food, followed by high tea at Alice’s Tea Cup. I met up with one of my classmates from university who is in the process of finishing her dissertation. Now, when I say classmate, I mean more of an older sister I look up to. In the year and a half I was gone in London, she got married to a wonderful guy and gave birth to the most precious baby girl. I was ecstatic to meet her family so where better to have a reunion than over high tea?
I loved all the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea sets at Alice’s Tea Cup. Between The Nibble “a lil bit hungry?”, The Mad Hatter “hungry?”, and The Jabberwocky “famished?”, we ended up getting the Mad Hatter tea set. Although if you’re ever famished to the point you’re ready for unlimited scones and sandwiches, I think the Jabberwocky tea set with its unlimited options is a serious sweet tooth’s dream! The tea set came on a beautiful 3-tiered display–with Alice’s Tea Cup’s famous scones on top of course. We chose a selection of caramel glazed pumpkin scones, mixed berries scones, and chocolate chip salted caramel. I might not have tried all of Alice’s desserts, but it’s hard to imagine other pastries beating these glazed scones! My friend Yixian described them as being “sweet and delicious, exactly what you crave for when the weather gets cold.” Since I’m a huge fan of pumpkin and spice, I definitely gobbled up the pumpkin scones in a heartbeat. I wasn’t as impressed by the finger sandwiches (could just be that I’m more of a sweet tooth) but I have to say, the curried chicken salad finger sandwiches were pretty amazing as well.
Alice’s Teacup might not be the “mad tea-party” Alice experienced, but it is certainly worth a visit if you want to catch up with your friends and indulge in caramel glazed pumpkin scones at the same time. With a pot of Alice’s Tea, a blend of Indian black vanilla tea with Japanese green tea and rose petals, you’ll find yourself all settled in for a charming tea experience.
with love from New York,
P.S.–I attached pictures of Yixian’s gorgeous baby at the end of the post. She was a precious little nugget! Actually, all the pictures from this post is thanks to Yixian’s amazing photography skills. (Yixian: You inspire me with how amazing of a mother and photographer you are. I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have a role model like you every day! Plus, you know how much I adore your homemade macarons, so let’s have a cooking session soon okay?)
Alice’s Tea Cup
Address // 156 East 64th Street, New York City, 10021
Website // www.alicesteacup.com
Tel // (212) 486-9200