Alice’s Tea Cup – a holiday visit

Over the holidays I got another chance to visit Alice’s Tea Cup (ATC) on 73rd and Columbus Ave in NYC.  ATC has been written up so much that it can be quite hard to get into with waits as long as 1-2 hours – especially during the holiday season.   Here’s a tip IMG_0594that one of the gals behind the counter gave me and it’s worth following.  Go for breakfast between 8 and 10 AM when you can usually be seated immediately.   Three of us arrived at 9 AM on a holiday weekend and after a very short wait were seated.  The Eggs Florentine were simply delicious – wonderfully poached on a bed of spinach accompanied with a small green salad with their house dressing (available to purchase).  I asked for my buttermilk scone on the side and was glad that I did as it allowed me to savor it slowing with no intruding flavors.

Mt. Everest Breakfast tea - so delightful.  Love the packaging with the handwritten instructions.

Mt. Everest Breakfast tea – so delightful. Love the packaging with the handwritten instructions.

I also tried and fell in love with their Mt. Everest Breakfast tea that is mildly smoked.  This is not a Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan but more like a heavy Darjeeling with a hint of smoke.  It was so delicious that I brought some back to California with me.  Love their packaging and hand written instructions on the label. Charming.

Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting.  This is from their Alice's Tea Cup cook book but the cake looks exactly like this.

Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting. This is from their Alice’s Tea Cup cook book but the cake looks exactly like this.  Exquisite.

 

And, once again,  I want to wax about their chocolate cake.  I bought a piece and ate it over several days. So many cakes are a disappointment that I seldom order a slice.  At ATC, their cakes are as beautiful to look at as they are to savor slowly.   Great to share or take home as I did.

2 thoughts on “Alice’s Tea Cup – a holiday visit

  1. Hi, Diane – When we were in NYC this spring, we went to Alice’s Teacup on the upper east side. Are there really 2 places? It was wonderful! Also: I am currently reading Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren, in which he talks about the association of wabi-sabi with the tea ceremony in Japan. Perhaps you could read it and do a review?

    • Hi Ann,
      Yes, there are three – 2 on the upper East Side and one on the Upper West side. Getting there at off times is definitely key to a good experience.

      Thanks for recommending Leonard Koren’s book Wabi-Sabi (short title) for reading. Will do that. It’s surprising to me about how much literature about tea and tea ceremonies is out there. Have not researched coffee and literature to see if there is anything comparable although I am struck with the reflective and spiritual qualities of tea that folks write about across the centuries.

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