Everything about New York is an experience, and where you go to eat should be an experience too. If this is what you’re looking for, then Alice’s Tea Cup is a great place to visit when in NYC, especially if you love Lewis Carroll’s magical story, be that in book form or one of the many film adaptation forms. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, so when my boyfriend came to visit me while I was living in New York for the summer, he planned the perfect Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon for me.
There are three Alice’s Tea Cup locations around New York, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. We visited Chapter 1, the original store and in my mind, the perfect location (I will explain why later in this post!). Alice’s Tea Cup have done a beautiful job with decoration in their café, especially with the glass-case tables and the illustrations on the walls. It helps you to feel like you’ve stepped out of New York and right into Wonderland.
We went for Afternoon Tea which is part of their lunch menu, but they also do breakfast and brunch. We went for the ‘Mad Hatter’ Afternoon Tea option, which was $60 and is described as tea for two. Included is two large pots of tea, a choice of three scones, a choice of two sandwiches and assorted cookies with a choice of mocha cake, lemon tart or chocolate mousse. Everything is served in traditional afternoon tea style on a cake stand, along with lovely plates, tea pots and cups! $60 was expensive by my usual eating-out standards in New York, but this was more of a special occasion for us, and we were happy to pay for the overall experience of afternoon tea.
We had a really lovely time at Alice’s Tea Cup, and we thought the food was really delicious. The scones were amazing and possibly my favourite out of everything, which is not what I would normally expect. We went for the mocha cake as our dessert which also tasted incredible. If you’re going for afternoon tea you probably don’t even need to have breakfast because it’s a lot of food! There are lots of options on the menu at varying price points, and I have noticed that there are even vegan options, which is a plus!
Final thoughts on Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter 1
There was a really fun atmosphere and all of the staff members were really nice and pleasant to deal with, and this helped to add to a great experience overall. If I had discovered Alice’s Tea Cup sooner, I would have tried to visit all three during my time there, but I know if I ever go back, Chapter 2 and 3 will be on my list!
While there are two other locations you can visit which I’m sure are equally charming, there was a reason why I said Chapter 1 was the ideal location. When you’re finished stuffing your face with tea and cakes, you can take a walk to nearby Central Park in search of the Alice in Wonderland statue – the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon!
Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter One is at 102 West 73rd Street.
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Thank you to Mike Andrews for the additional photographs.