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Alice's Tea Cup
Posted by joyful visitor on 10/04/2008
I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who wants a memorable time and enjoyable food while visiting New York City. If I lived there it's a place I'd choose to have my kids' birthday parties. Being a visitor, we really enjoyed pondering the vast tea menu, then choosing, of course, Alice's blend for our first visit. The scones were absolutely delicious! Service was wonderful, and it was certainly a treasured part of our recent visit to NYC. If you go, be sure to read about it, and choose a time when you won't have a long wait. We went about 3:00 in the afternoon and were seated immediately!
Posted by tealover on 09/16/2008
Don't get me wrong, I love love love Alice's. And I visit it at least 3 times a week. Tasty sandwiches and salads, delectable treats, great tea. That said, it is not perfect. And what is likely be the most noticeable "flaw" to anyone new to Alice's is the service. Now, to call them simply quirky, or even flighty, does not even begin to cover it. The service is downright atrocious. It is not at all uncommon to sit and wait for 15 -20 minutes before anyone returns to take your order. If you are the type of New Yorker who gets bent out of shape about inefficient service, Alice's probably isn't the place for you. For everyone else, it's worth a visit.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2008
I don't get the hype for this place. I thought it was a great choice for lunch this sat after taking my nephew to the museum. I went with my husband, 4 year-old nephew, and my mom who loves tea. We ordered a pot of tea that was actually not very good. Now, my mom is from darjeeling and drinks a lot of tea- and Alice's darjeeling tea was just watery and weak. Not very good at all. The grilled veggie and goat cheese sandwich was great though. As for my nephew- they brought his drink last, after all the adults (which kids never like), and it came in a big breakable glass! Who gives 4 year-olds large cumbersome glasses to drink from? I had to pour it into a small plastic glass we had. Lastly, the service was not good! Slow and just plain rude. I wouldn't visit the restaurant again.
Posted by wingsofjoy on 07/13/2008
What a wonderful place for me to take my daughter ... she has always enjoyed tea parties with me, so it was just perfect for our trip to New York together. We enjoyed the scones VERY much, and the house tea was a delightful, if completely different, taste. Perhaps not something I'd drink every day, but we drank several cups each, so must have enjoyed it. And the atmosphere was pleasant and witty, but not overdone like a theme park. And I LOVE the little tea pot topper I bought ... holds the lid on and catches the drips! It's great! This was a wonderful place to go!
Posted by Eron on 06/10/2008
This place is a gem. I came to NYC from Kansas with my wife, mother-in-law, and kids ages 8, 9, 11, and 13 (the youngest being the only boy). I had planned to hit this place because it looked like something the grandmother would enjoy. What I did not count on was the spectacular food and the treasure trove of teas. First, the atmosphere: no, it is not a Micky Dees play place. If that is what you are looking for, go to Coney Island. And certainly, it your kids do not know how to behave, do not even bother this place is too small with too many breakable objects. What Alice's ismagical, whimsical, artsy, Victorian in short, everything you would expect of Alice in Wonderland (if you have read the book, that is). There are quotes from the book on the walls, along with delightful Bohemian art and pictures. The furniture and china is right out of a fairy tale. Every piece of china is different. I don't think we had a single matching teacup or kettle. Speaking of which, we ordered three different pots of tea for our table ($6 each). With hundreds of flavors from which to choose, it was like an adventure just picking the tea. The kids had a ball trying each variety, both with and without milk. Then the sanwiches. I had the croque monsieur, one of the kids had the BLT with the bleu cheese spread, several of us had the vegetarian with the basil pesto. Those were the only three sandwiches I tried, but they were all unbelievably good. Not a single one of us was disappointed. One of the previous reviewers said that the bleu cheese wasn't very good coming from a family of bleu cheese connoisieurs, I can tell you it is fabulous. This is one of the best places to get a sandwich in the whole city. Then to dessert. We ordered a piece of chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and a yellow cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Holy Moses were they good. This is real honest to goodness buttercream, not that nasty birthday cake frosting you get in the store. It was so good, we made a special trip back here on the last day of our trip, got some more cake and cupcakes, and ate them in Central Park. The front gift shop is also very cute. I highly recommend Alice's Tea Cup!
Posted by Delish! on 04/23/2008
Wow. people DO complain too much. Some people can't be pleased. Do your research before you take your small child to a restaurant. I have been to Alice's Tea Cup many times and it is a lovely place for all ages, but only if you're child knows how to behave at a restaurant. In fact, it's the perfect place to teach them manners. Too many times, people think Kid Friendly means there will be a slide and jungle gym inside. This place is whimsical, delicious, and magical on many levels. Pumpkin scones to DIE for. Quirky and knowledgable staff (if a little ditzy). And on a weekend, it's hard to choose between the best eggs benedict I've ever had (on a SCONE, yum) and the Mad Hatter tea service (which is the best of everything on the menu, pretty much). And i didn't even begin to comment on the tea (Alice's is my favorite, but they have a great [select]ion of rooibos teas as well). If you are a person not looking to find things wrong with a place, you will love the quirkiness and charm of Alice's Tea Cup.
Posted by mad hatter on 04/17/2008
nothing wrong with this place. i dont know why its considered kid friendly although it might be the place for well behaved quiet kids. If you have kids that like to run around or arent too well mannered or bright than this isnt the place for you. this place is known for its diverse [select]ions of teas, thats their specialty. sure, Alice in Wonderland is the theme but dont expect a jungle gym. take your kids to mcdonalds if they want that. they can scream around all they want there. food is delicious and well prepared. Your uncle Herschel isnt going to like this place so take him to an inexpensive diner where he can just get his normal bagel and lox. if you want great food and tea that stray from the traditional boring standards then come here.