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 that 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.
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.
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.