Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Alice's Tea Cup - New York City
Our adventure into the City included watching Mary Poppins on Broadway which features a few references to afternoon tea and culminated with a pedi-cab ride from the theater to Alice's Tea Cup - Chapter II for an evening tea. There are two of these whimsical tea rooms, started by two sisters, and we visited the one on 156 E. 64th St. between Lexington and Third Avenues. Having studied Elizabeth Knight's excellent guide Tea in the City, New York, we were excited to be able to include this stop on our excursion. The little miss selected the Wee Tea which included a herbal tisane, a choice of sandwich (grilled cheese shown here), a blueberry scone with cream and jelly, and the white rabbit dark chocolate mousse with cream and sprinkles all served on the traditional tiered tray. The lapsang-souchong smoked chicken breast with granny Smith apple slices and herbed goat cheese served on seven grain bread accompanied with a generous portion of house salad completed my menu choice. Since it was early evening, I selected a Vanilla Caramel Rooibos as my caffeine free option. With an extensive tea list of well over 120 teas, I relied upon the waiter's recommendation. The rooibos was very smooth and delightful. We were seated at a long banquette with a sewing machine table as our table top complete with foot rest. There are whimsical quotations from Alice in Wonderland on the walls and in the bathroom. This is a fun, comfortable and casual, child friendly tea room. Practically perfect.