Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II NYC
156 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065-7411 (Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II)
After shopping at Kusmi I headed down to Alice’s for lunch. The reviews on Steepster left me a little wary but friends on Facebook had recommended I visit it next time I was in town.
I did need to look around a bit to find it as it was around the corner and the entrance was set down below the sidewalk.
Once I found it I headed in and asked for a table for one. The hostess was pleasant and happy. I did feel a little guilty coming in at peak time alone.
I was seated on the level below sidewalk next to the kitchen; there was definitely a second floor that plates were being brought up to.
The restaurant was skinny and long. The décor was mismatched china and framed prints of pictures of various Alice films, and artist pictures and painting inspired by the same.
There were little notes around (think eat me and drink me) like on the dessert case (come closer, come closer).
They did pull off the wonderland tea party, grandmomther’s parlor theme well.
The tables were wooden with wooden chairs; the table I was on was actually an old converted sewing desk with footpedal.
The staff seemed to have droopy too large and mismatched attire as a uniform (which makes sense) that added to the theme.
The tea menu was very large and descriptive – and sorted by type. I wished I were not alone and could order more than one tea to share and try with someone. The food selection was also diverse and tea themed (scones and such).
The wait staff didn’t seem happy with me; I guess I was taking up space at a four person table for only one person. I felt a little bad but wished they didn’t seem so grumpy about it.
I ordered Alice’s Tea (house blend and apparently a favorite).
The tea I received in a whole, not small, teapot with an interesting drip catcher sponge attached. It was served abruptly with my cup only half poured and sloshed about. Was this thematic to the mad hatter’s tea party or just an angry waitress that she got the one patron table?
The tea itself was a translucent orange brown color. There was not a strong aroma to the brewed tea. The tea was slightly astringent, so I added sugar to the first cup, but as I kept refilling it I didn’t bother as it was so slight. The tea was a smooth, medium bodied black with citrus notes. I couldn’t taste the green tea they blended into the black. It was a little floral.
For lunch I ordered the cumin carrot sandwich. It was delicious and filling and presented well.
I tried not to be a burden and to eat and drink in a not dawdling way, but I could not resist the cookie plate at the end.
There were chocolate peanut cookies; butterscotch chip cookies, crasin macadamia cookies and what I believe were shortbread.
Overall good food, not bad tea, and a grumpy wait staff.