Alice's Tea Cup

★★★★☆
  • 102 W 73rd St

    New York, NY 10023

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  • 212-799-3006

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my favorite place for tea and soups in the city ! love u guys !

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★★★★★

my favorite place for tea and soups in the city ! love u guys !

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If you are looking for something more substantial to fill your belly with than just a cup of coffee or tea, try one of their daily soups or a bagel with cream cheese and tomato. I ordered the white bean soup and one of these days, I am going to turn my kitchen into a culinary chemistry lab trying to figure out all of the ingredients in this soup so that I don't have to rely on somebody else to make it for me. They have a full menu of things I'll try in the future.

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★★★★★

If you are looking for something more substantial to fill your belly with than just a cup of coffee or tea, try one of their daily soups or a bagel with cream cheese and tomato. I ordered the white bean soup and one of these days, I am going to turn my kitchen into a culinary chemistry lab trying to figure out all of the ingredients in this soup so that I don't have to rely on somebody else to make it for me. They have a full menu of things I'll try in the future.

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this place is just lovely! over 1000+ teas to choose from and the desserts are wonderful. katie holmes came here with her daughter suri once!

5
★★★★★

this place is just lovely! over 1000+ teas to choose from and the desserts are wonderful. katie holmes came here with her daughter suri once!

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Oh, we just love to go here. What could be better - a real formal tea in a kid-friendly adorable spot. They actually put the tower of teacakes on plastic plates from Ikea!! The food is terrific and your little munchkins will display their best manners as they indulge in a REAL tea party.

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★★★★☆

Oh, we just love to go here. What could be better - a real formal tea in a kid-friendly adorable spot. They actually put the tower of teacakes on plastic plates from Ikea!! The food is terrific and your little munchkins will display their best manners as they indulge in a REAL tea party.

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Shelly always recommends the best scones!! I love the tea and cupcakes too! It makes me want my own wings!!

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★★★★☆

Shelly always recommends the best scones!! I love the tea and cupcakes too! It makes me want my own wings!!

Pros: banana butterscotch scones! pumpkin scones! oh my god!

Cons: having to wait for table

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I thought Alice Tea Cup was a pretty cute place, but I still love Allison Nelson's Chocolate Bar for the best chocolate in town! Their new location in the West Village has a great nostalgia influenced ambiance with the BEST varieties of gourmet chocolates around! They just moved to 19 Eighth Avenue between 12th Street & Jane, NYC (West Village). Its a must try, I guarantee you'll love it!

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★★☆☆☆

I thought Alice Tea Cup was a pretty cute place, but I still love Allison Nelson's Chocolate Bar for the best chocolate in town! Their new location in the West Village has a great nostalgia influenced ambiance with the BEST varieties of gourmet chocolates around! They just moved to 19 Eighth Avenue between 12th Street & Jane, NYC (West Village). Its a must try, I guarantee you'll love it!

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I absolutely love Alice's! I'm a big tea drinker, and I'm never disappointed with their tea selection. The scones are the best I've ever had, and the soups and sandwiches are all delicious. I also love to come here for brunch--the eggs benedict and French toast are outstanding. If you come here on the weekend, be prepared for a long wait (we're talking up to two hours), but they'll take your phone number and you can walk to the park or do some shopping in the neighborhood until they call you. The servers can seem a little frazzled sometimes, but I've never had bad service here. Even on the busiest mornings, they're always happy to answer questions and make recommendations, and I've never felt rushed. Definitely make a reservation if you're coming with a larger group, and if not, I recommend coming during the week, when it's less chaotic. Even if you do end up waiting, I promise it's worth it!

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★★★★★

I absolutely love Alice's! I'm a big tea drinker, and I'm never disappointed with their tea selection. The scones are the best I've ever had, and the soups and sandwiches are all delicious. I also love to come here for brunch--the eggs benedict and French toast are outstanding. If you come here on the weekend, be prepared for a long wait (we're talking up to two hours), but they'll take your phone number and you can walk to the park or do some shopping in the neighborhood until they call you. The servers can seem a little frazzled sometimes, but I've never had bad service here. Even on the busiest mornings, they're always happy to answer questions and make recommendations, and I've never felt rushed. Definitely make a reservation if you're coming with a larger group, and if not, I recommend coming during the week, when it's less chaotic. Even if you do end up waiting, I promise it's worth it!

Pros: Great tea selection, delicious food, cozy ambience

Cons: Long waits

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I LOVE this place. Alice's tea cup is soooo cool and relaxing. I bring my neices and nephew here for breakfast and they absolutely love it. The food is great - a huge selection of teas (green, white, black etc). Try the hot chocolate - soo devine in cold weather. I like the eggs benedict and pancakes here. Also, the crepes are awesome. You can enjoy lunch here as well as they offer lots of tea sandwiches to choose from. One year, my neice celebrated her 5th birthday party in the back room. Her friends dressed up like princesses and had tea sandwiches and hot chocolate. They also had a face painter and a person dressed up like Alice in Wonderland to read stories to them. This place is amazing!!!

2
★★★★★

I LOVE this place. Alice's tea cup is soooo cool and relaxing. I bring my neices and nephew here for breakfast and they absolutely love it. The food is great - a huge selection of teas (green, white, black etc). Try the hot chocolate - soo devine in cold weather. I like the eggs benedict and pancakes here. Also, the crepes are awesome. You can enjoy lunch here as well as they offer lots of tea sandwiches to choose from. One year, my neice celebrated her 5th birthday party in the back room. Her friends dressed up like princesses and had tea sandwiches and hot chocolate. They also had a face painter and a person dressed up like Alice in Wonderland to read stories to them. This place is amazing!!!

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i came here on a saturday afternoon with my friends. (we made reservations before hand) not all my friends were there yet and they said we had to wait until the rest of us came (only three more ppl). plus they told us we had to wait for our table...an hour later we said whats up with our table- we had reservations. they said it is very busy we might have to wait two hours. the girl at the front desk didn't even seem to sh*t. we were angry complained and didn't get anything out of that!!

1
★★☆☆☆

i came here on a saturday afternoon with my friends. (we made reservations before hand) not all my friends were there yet and they said we had to wait until the rest of us came (only three more ppl). plus they told us we had to wait for our table...an hour later we said whats up with our table- we had reservations. they said it is very busy we might have to wait two hours. the girl at the front desk didn't even seem to sh*t. we were angry complained and didn't get anything out of that!!

Pros: i like the fries

Cons: rather eat at the east side location

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Oh my goodness gracious, heavens to mergatroid and then some!!! This place is sooo cute and sweet!!!
On my first visit to the W73rd St store...on the recommendation of a friend, I almost missed it because you have to step down from the sidewalk to get to the door and I wasn't paying attention...silly me...I found it on my second pass though and had the best surprise as I entered...the beautiful aroma of fresh from the oven scones...YUM!...I love the inviting homey feel and the staff is so friendly too...! They recommended the pumpkin scone...ooh...I just have to say...to-die-for-yummy!...actually, so is the buttermilk scone...hee-hee...hard to make up my mind...
The staff also recommended a nice tea and the service is beautifully mixed and matched-cute and adds to the easy comforting ambiance of the shop...

A friend and I went to both 63rd and 81st Street shops on the east side and we haven't been disappointed...and those are a bit bigger and how it's presented...The scenes painted on the walls, the fabric on the seats, the color scheme...it's just so nicely done...there was a baby shower and a bridal shower going on in the back rooms while we were at the one on 63rd one time...the place is very suited for stuff like that...but boy-oh-boy, those yummy scones with the jam and the apple nutella sandwichs are just sooo right...!

Well...there's my opinion...when you try them out, I hope you end up feeling like I do...Five YUMS!!!...lol...

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★★★★★

Oh my goodness gracious, heavens to mergatroid and then some!!! This place is sooo cute and sweet!!!
On my first visit to the W73rd St store...on the recommendation of a friend, I almost missed it because you have to step down from the sidewalk to get to the door and I wasn't paying attention...silly me...I found it on my second pass though and had the best surprise as I entered...the beautiful aroma of fresh from the oven scones...YUM!...I love the inviting homey feel and the staff is so friendly too...! They recommended the pumpkin scone...ooh...I just have to say...to-die-for-yummy!...actually, so is the buttermilk scone...hee-hee...hard to make up my mind...
The staff also recommended a nice tea and the service is beautifully mixed and matched-cute and adds to the easy comforting ambiance of the shop...

A friend and I went to both 63rd and 81st Street shops on the east side and we haven't been disappointed...and those are a bit bigger and how it's presented...The scenes painted on the walls, the fabric on the seats, the color scheme...it's just so nicely done...there was a baby shower and a bridal shower going on in the back rooms while we were at the one on 63rd one time...the place is very suited for stuff like that...but boy-oh-boy, those yummy scones with the jam and the apple nutella sandwichs are just sooo right...!

Well...there's my opinion...when you try them out, I hope you end up feeling like I do...Five YUMS!!!...lol...

Pros: A relaxing and comforting atmosphere, nice staff, wide tea selection and nice food.

Cons: We've waited a bit on the weekend and some evenings, but mid week is usually a shorter wait...

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I love Alice's Tea Cup. I can't believe it took me four years to finally go since it's right around the corner from my apartment. And now I'm addicted to their scones...and their chocolate cake...and their tea. The only room for improvement that I see is that they should put in a communal table to perhaps cut down on the wait on the weekends....it can get pretty long.

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★★★★★

I love Alice's Tea Cup. I can't believe it took me four years to finally go since it's right around the corner from my apartment. And now I'm addicted to their scones...and their chocolate cake...and their tea. The only room for improvement that I see is that they should put in a communal table to perhaps cut down on the wait on the weekends....it can get pretty long.

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Guys: If you're looking to win over a lady on your first daytime date, this is the place to do it. The operative word is "adorable" -- think mismatched furnishings, kiddie murals and a whole lot of Upper West Side younglings underfoot. The tea list tends toward herbals and British varieties, but it's without a doubt one of the longest in town. And the food menu is appropriately charming -- don't leave without trying the French toast bites. If you can get a seat for Sunday brunch, you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Guys: If you're looking to win over a lady on your first daytime date, this is the place to do it. The operative word is "adorable" -- think mismatched furnishings, kiddie murals and a whole lot of Upper West Side younglings underfoot. The tea list tends toward herbals and British varieties, but it's without a doubt one of the longest in town. And the food menu is appropriately charming -- don't leave without trying the French toast bites. If you can get a seat for Sunday brunch, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Charming decor and clientele

Cons: Long wait, doesn't take reservations for parties of two or fewer

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I LOVE Alice's Tea Cup. Starting with the adorable purple facade and little tea shop in the front. The magic continues as you are transported into the world of Alice in Wonderland, with quaint little wooden seats and tables and delicate china tea cups. Quote from the famous story by Lewis Carroll decorate the walls. You can get almost any type of tea made for you that you can think of, and I'm sure quite a few you NEVER thought of. Ask about the scones of the day, they are an UNBELIEVABLE indulgence. Tasty sandwiches, appetizers, soups, cakes, cookies, whatever you order, it is always yummy!

P.S. I recently brought a friend visiting from England there and he said it was the best tea and scones he had ever had! He couldn't believe he had come all the way to New York to have them!

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★★★★★

I LOVE Alice's Tea Cup. Starting with the adorable purple facade and little tea shop in the front. The magic continues as you are transported into the world of Alice in Wonderland, with quaint little wooden seats and tables and delicate china tea cups. Quote from the famous story by Lewis Carroll decorate the walls. You can get almost any type of tea made for you that you can think of, and I'm sure quite a few you NEVER thought of. Ask about the scones of the day, they are an UNBELIEVABLE indulgence. Tasty sandwiches, appetizers, soups, cakes, cookies, whatever you order, it is always yummy!

P.S. I recently brought a friend visiting from England there and he said it was the best tea and scones he had ever had! He couldn't believe he had come all the way to New York to have them!

Pros: Yummy food, huge tea list, great ambiance, try the scones!

Cons: It's a small place with not much seating, so if you come at a bad time, you'll wait a while.

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I love Alice's Tea Cup. My roommates and I go as often as we can. You won't have a better scone anywhere; they've ruined it for me having them anywhere else. Good service; the waiters always give good recommendations off their loooong tea list. Try it, it's really a fun place!

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★★★★★

I love Alice's Tea Cup. My roommates and I go as often as we can. You won't have a better scone anywhere; they've ruined it for me having them anywhere else. Good service; the waiters always give good recommendations off their loooong tea list. Try it, it's really a fun place!

Pros: amazing scones, tea and service

Cons: long waits on the weekend; definitely go midweek if you can!

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I just moved to New York and I was so happy to find this place! I have been to all three of the alice's locations in the past couple of weeks and was consistently happy. The menu is simple yet interesting and my meals were all great! I loved the berry scones - a must try. The wait was kinda long at their newest location on 81st over the weekend but worth it, I thought - my friends and I just walked around and they called five minutes before the table was ready, so that was easy. The scones at 81st were great but ot AS good as they were at 64th or 73rd, I noticed, but it's new so maybe they are just working out some kinks. Anyway, it's certainly become my favorite place in New York and really does feel like an escape from the norm. Also, my sister brought her five year old daughter with us to the 64th and Lexington one and she flipped out! I won uncle points that day! Very kid friendly without being kid themed! (Bring a date or a kid and you'll be their hero!) check out breakfast - it was delicious and fast, much faster than I thought it would be for pumpkin pancakes and scones benedict. (I tried a tea martini with my breakfast, that was pretty cool... but i hear they only have a liquor license at 64th... bummer!)

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★★★★★

I just moved to New York and I was so happy to find this place! I have been to all three of the alice's locations in the past couple of weeks and was consistently happy. The menu is simple yet interesting and my meals were all great! I loved the berry scones - a must try. The wait was kinda long at their newest location on 81st over the weekend but worth it, I thought - my friends and I just walked around and they called five minutes before the table was ready, so that was easy. The scones at 81st were great but ot AS good as they were at 64th or 73rd, I noticed, but it's new so maybe they are just working out some kinks. Anyway, it's certainly become my favorite place in New York and really does feel like an escape from the norm. Also, my sister brought her five year old daughter with us to the 64th and Lexington one and she flipped out! I won uncle points that day! Very kid friendly without being kid themed! (Bring a date or a kid and you'll be their hero!) check out breakfast - it was delicious and fast, much faster than I thought it would be for pumpkin pancakes and scones benedict. (I tried a tea martini with my breakfast, that was pretty cool... but i hear they only have a liquor license at 64th... bummer!)

Pros: ambience, food, choices, service

Cons: wait for tables, alcohol only at 64th and lexington

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As I stated in my title line, the food is worthwile, but we had problems with the "management." Our party of 5 arrived and we were told that the table of 5 was just given the check. We waited for 40 minutes and were placed at a table that didn't fit five. We asked if we could move another small table together with ours. They said "no," and that they were about to move us to the other table for "5" we were waiting for the whole time. When we looked at that table, there was no way we were going to fit on it (it was more of a table for 3, or maybe 4. WE ENDED UP PRETENDING THAT WERE A PARTY OF 4 WITH ANOTHER SEPARATE PARTY OF 1 SITTING NEXT TO US. YES, THIS WAS WHAT WAS REQUIRED! BASICALLY, THERE ARE NO TABLES AT THIS LOCATION THAT ACCOMODATES 5 ADULTS.

Speaking of adults, they do allow (or seem to cater to) kids, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

The food was enjoyed by all, however.

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★☆☆☆☆

As I stated in my title line, the food is worthwile, but we had problems with the "management." Our party of 5 arrived and we were told that the table of 5 was just given the check. We waited for 40 minutes and were placed at a table that didn't fit five. We asked if we could move another small table together with ours. They said "no," and that they were about to move us to the other table for "5" we were waiting for the whole time. When we looked at that table, there was no way we were going to fit on it (it was more of a table for 3, or maybe 4. WE ENDED UP PRETENDING THAT WERE A PARTY OF 4 WITH ANOTHER SEPARATE PARTY OF 1 SITTING NEXT TO US. YES, THIS WAS WHAT WAS REQUIRED! BASICALLY, THERE ARE NO TABLES AT THIS LOCATION THAT ACCOMODATES 5 ADULTS.

Speaking of adults, they do allow (or seem to cater to) kids, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

The food was enjoyed by all, however.

Pros: Fun Atmosphere; Tea was Good

Cons: Mgt Terrible; Most Service Poor; Impossible for 5 or More

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I went to foodnetwork to find some places in the city, that might have good eats. Well after visiting the museum for the day, we wanted something to fill us up until dinner. Now the other person in my party has had high tea before, but I've never even thought of that as sounding good, however the name pulled me in. Alice's Tea Cup. On the listing it said try the pumpkin scone. When we arrived you could see the pastries and smell the aroma, it was so delightful. They had options for one and for two. Well the Mad hatter sounded like something for the two of us to share. When we finally got seated (well worth the wait) we got to pick 3 scones, 2 sandwiches, and a dessert. We thought that we could only choose one teapot, but because it was two of us we got to pick two. The teapots don't look like they are big and the way that it sounds, it seems that you only have two cups of tea in each, but we each had three cups in the store along with a whole to go cup! Long wait, but amazing food, and quick service. Try the pumpkin scone it will have you buying more as you walk out the door.

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★★★☆☆

I went to foodnetwork to find some places in the city, that might have good eats. Well after visiting the museum for the day, we wanted something to fill us up until dinner. Now the other person in my party has had high tea before, but I've never even thought of that as sounding good, however the name pulled me in. Alice's Tea Cup. On the listing it said try the pumpkin scone. When we arrived you could see the pastries and smell the aroma, it was so delightful. They had options for one and for two. Well the Mad hatter sounded like something for the two of us to share. When we finally got seated (well worth the wait) we got to pick 3 scones, 2 sandwiches, and a dessert. We thought that we could only choose one teapot, but because it was two of us we got to pick two. The teapots don't look like they are big and the way that it sounds, it seems that you only have two cups of tea in each, but we each had three cups in the store along with a whole to go cup! Long wait, but amazing food, and quick service. Try the pumpkin scone it will have you buying more as you walk out the door.

Pros: Amount of food

Cons: wait

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The tea is great, the food is ok. But if you want to have a cozy and quiet breakfast without the loud babies around - head to "Cafe Luxembourg" just a couple blocks away (on 70th & Amsterdam): their breakfast is delicious and the scones are even much better than Alice's!

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★★★★☆

The tea is great, the food is ok. But if you want to have a cozy and quiet breakfast without the loud babies around - head to "Cafe Luxembourg" just a couple blocks away (on 70th & Amsterdam): their breakfast is delicious and the scones are even much better than Alice's!

Pros: tea selection

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This is breathtaking and wonderful. I took my best friend here a couple of days ago as a christmas present. We both love all things magical: We wore pixie wings to the Empire State Building, etc. So of course this place was just absolutely perfect for us. Obviously, you will be impressed if you are either a tea lover (the tea is out of this world... I had the Alice's house blend, while my friend had a phoenix blend with honey, but there are sooo many selections) or an alice fanatic or just into exploring an incredible atmosphere. The Mad Hatter comes with an incredible amount of food, which is very tasty. "Off with your cellphone or off with your head!" says the queen of hearts. There's a looking glass that you must pass through in order to use the bathroom. There are pixie wings on the ceiling. The service was slow, but in a nice way. They didn't constantly bother you, so it was as though time had stopped and we had gone through the looking glass into a world where we could sip tea for hours, catching up and talking for ages. Our food and tea came quickly, then we were allowed as much time as we needed to eat and drink, even though they were quite busy. They never tried to make us leave. They just let us enjoy, soaking in the delicious atmosphere, the warm scones with delicious cream, and cracking into our chai spiced creme brulee. Ah. I'm definitely going here again, next time for a brunch of crepes with nutella and strawberries.

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★★★★★

This is breathtaking and wonderful. I took my best friend here a couple of days ago as a christmas present. We both love all things magical: We wore pixie wings to the Empire State Building, etc. So of course this place was just absolutely perfect for us. Obviously, you will be impressed if you are either a tea lover (the tea is out of this world... I had the Alice's house blend, while my friend had a phoenix blend with honey, but there are sooo many selections) or an alice fanatic or just into exploring an incredible atmosphere. The Mad Hatter comes with an incredible amount of food, which is very tasty. "Off with your cellphone or off with your head!" says the queen of hearts. There's a looking glass that you must pass through in order to use the bathroom. There are pixie wings on the ceiling. The service was slow, but in a nice way. They didn't constantly bother you, so it was as though time had stopped and we had gone through the looking glass into a world where we could sip tea for hours, catching up and talking for ages. Our food and tea came quickly, then we were allowed as much time as we needed to eat and drink, even though they were quite busy. They never tried to make us leave. They just let us enjoy, soaking in the delicious atmosphere, the warm scones with delicious cream, and cracking into our chai spiced creme brulee. Ah. I'm definitely going here again, next time for a brunch of crepes with nutella and strawberries.

Pros: Atmosphere, food, tea

Cons: a little pricy for a college kid

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Alice's Tea Cup was so delightful. The atmosphere was warm and enchanting. The decor matched perfectly with the theme. The food was delicious and quite filling. I was amazed by how many varieties of tea they had. Alice's Tea Cup is a place everyone should visit.

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★★★★★

Alice's Tea Cup was so delightful. The atmosphere was warm and enchanting. The decor matched perfectly with the theme. The food was delicious and quite filling. I was amazed by how many varieties of tea they had. Alice's Tea Cup is a place everyone should visit.

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I've come here often for afternoon tea, and I appreciate that, unlike most tea rooms, the afternoon tea is offered all day long. The portions are quite large, by tea standards, the sandwiches aren't just little crustless affairs, the scones are huge, and even the p o t of tea is large. They have other offerings, such as soup and salad.

I did feel that standards were slipping recently when my afternoon tea was served with Reddi-Whip style whipped cream to accompany the scone. Clotted cream is customary, and is what the menu offers. I questioned the waitress about this little puff of very sweet canned whipped cream. She told me that it WAS clotted cream. I pointed out that it was a rosebud of sweet whipped cream formed from a spray can, not the buttery glob of Devonshire style cream that is expected. She continued to insist this was clotted cream. Pretty appalling for a tea room employee.

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★★★★☆

I've come here often for afternoon tea, and I appreciate that, unlike most tea rooms, the afternoon tea is offered all day long. The portions are quite large, by tea standards, the sandwiches aren't just little crustless affairs, the scones are huge, and even the p o t of tea is large. They have other offerings, such as soup and salad.

I did feel that standards were slipping recently when my afternoon tea was served with Reddi-Whip style whipped cream to accompany the scone. Clotted cream is customary, and is what the menu offers. I questioned the waitress about this little puff of very sweet canned whipped cream. She told me that it WAS clotted cream. I pointed out that it was a rosebud of sweet whipped cream formed from a spray can, not the buttery glob of Devonshire style cream that is expected. She continued to insist this was clotted cream. Pretty appalling for a tea room employee.

Pros: nice afternoon tea

Cons: poor service

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My friend and I love a traditional aftn tea and this really h it the spot. We came here for brunch on Sunday (about a 40min wait but u can easily use up the time by walking around the neighborhood) and had a Madhatter- which included 2 pots of tea, 2 kinds of sandwiches, 3 scones (YUM!), 1 choice of dessert and tea cookies for $27. We weren't rushed or cramped into a table (like we were in Tea & Sympathy). We were able to really relax in this cozy restaurant - a true pleasure in NYC. I highly recommend the scones (the clotted cream was spiked with a little lemon~ nice touch) and the St. Marks tea (a really good Darjeeling).

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★★★★★

My friend and I love a traditional aftn tea and this really h it the spot. We came here for brunch on Sunday (about a 40min wait but u can easily use up the time by walking around the neighborhood) and had a Madhatter- which included 2 pots of tea, 2 kinds of sandwiches, 3 scones (YUM!), 1 choice of dessert and tea cookies for $27. We weren't rushed or cramped into a table (like we were in Tea & Sympathy). We were able to really relax in this cozy restaurant - a true pleasure in NYC. I highly recommend the scones (the clotted cream was spiked with a little lemon~ nice touch) and the St. Marks tea (a really good Darjeeling).

Pros: great scones + tea, good for children

Cons: always a wait, maybe a little too girly-girl for those that are past their teen years (but still very cute)

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I think this is a plesant location to take your significant other to sit down and have a nice cup of tea, which they have loads of varieties of. Good choice of sandwhiches, cookies and cakes to go along with your drinks and thank goodness it a nice quiet spot without all the noisy talk-talk of people on their cell phones and laughing out loud every second.

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★★★★☆

I think this is a plesant location to take your significant other to sit down and have a nice cup of tea, which they have loads of varieties of. Good choice of sandwhiches, cookies and cakes to go along with your drinks and thank goodness it a nice quiet spot without all the noisy talk-talk of people on their cell phones and laughing out loud every second.

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I fell in love with everything about Alice's Tea Cup when first there, and frequent trips back have continued to charm and delight me. The food is superb, the wait staff always on the ball and lovely, and guests I've taken to both locations agree Alice's is one of the loveliest -- and best -- restaurants where they've dined or brunched. The lentil salad is scrumptious, the warm pear salad superb. Oh, the scones are absolutely mouthwatering and almost sinful! I wish I'd have kept my granmother's treadle sewing machine; I'd make a table bottom out of it like Alice's!! Whether a twosome tete-a-tete or with a large group, we've all left satiated culinarily and atmospherically.

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★★★★★

I fell in love with everything about Alice's Tea Cup when first there, and frequent trips back have continued to charm and delight me. The food is superb, the wait staff always on the ball and lovely, and guests I've taken to both locations agree Alice's is one of the loveliest -- and best -- restaurants where they've dined or brunched. The lentil salad is scrumptious, the warm pear salad superb. Oh, the scones are absolutely mouthwatering and almost sinful! I wish I'd have kept my granmother's treadle sewing machine; I'd make a table bottom out of it like Alice's!! Whether a twosome tete-a-tete or with a large group, we've all left satiated culinarily and atmospherically.

Pros: Wonderful food AND atmosphere

Cons: Room temperature water -- but then, that's soooo British!

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the rave reviews this place gets is none other than mind-boggling. i visited alice's tea cup on 7/25/06, and the service that day was poor. the staff plops the food down in front of you, and it took two requests for the 80's rock music to be turned down. any restaurant can have its off day, but what excuse can be given for the dark and unimaginative decor? with a few painted murals, it's hardly the "wonderland" experience everyone raves about. the food was pretty nice, but it's on the expensive side.

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★★★☆☆

the rave reviews this place gets is none other than mind-boggling. i visited alice's tea cup on 7/25/06, and the service that day was poor. the staff plops the food down in front of you, and it took two requests for the 80's rock music to be turned down. any restaurant can have its off day, but what excuse can be given for the dark and unimaginative decor? with a few painted murals, it's hardly the "wonderland" experience everyone raves about. the food was pretty nice, but it's on the expensive side.

Pros: decent food

Cons: atmosphere and service don't justify glowing reputation

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Alice's Tea Cup has the best scones! Any chocolate chip flavored ones are excellent. Service is excellent, and having tea with scones is a delightful experience.
The only negatives are the very very long waits on weekends for brunch. The chairs could be a little more comfortable, but I think they match the charming decor.
It seems a lot of men shy away from the restaurant due to its extra girlyness (the waitresses have fairy wings), but that means more food for the ladies!

2
★★★★★

Alice's Tea Cup has the best scones! Any chocolate chip flavored ones are excellent. Service is excellent, and having tea with scones is a delightful experience.
The only negatives are the very very long waits on weekends for brunch. The chairs could be a little more comfortable, but I think they match the charming decor.
It seems a lot of men shy away from the restaurant due to its extra girlyness (the waitresses have fairy wings), but that means more food for the ladies!

Pros: Food, Good Value, Service

Cons: Long Wait, Small

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wait is long on weekends, but thankfully they take your cell number so you can shop in the area while waiting for their call. my group of 4 got the jabberwocky which comes with scones, !!unlimited!! sandwiches, and assorted cakes and cookies. theres absolutely no need to get that set. the normal mad hatter is enough to overly satisfy. scones are warm and come with clotted cream & preserves. the fruit scones were really good, but the maple cinnamon & chocolate chip were too sweet. sandwich bread is too dry and none of them were that great. their tea encyclopedia is impressive i stopped at A for alices blend but there are hundreds to try! be prepared to sit among whiny babies and hop over strollers on your way to the bathroom. overall, an ok place for afternoon tea or brunch, and a decent value (we paid $27pp).

1
★★★☆☆

wait is long on weekends, but thankfully they take your cell number so you can shop in the area while waiting for their call. my group of 4 got the jabberwocky which comes with scones, !!unlimited!! sandwiches, and assorted cakes and cookies. theres absolutely no need to get that set. the normal mad hatter is enough to overly satisfy. scones are warm and come with clotted cream & preserves. the fruit scones were really good, but the maple cinnamon & chocolate chip were too sweet. sandwich bread is too dry and none of them were that great. their tea encyclopedia is impressive i stopped at A for alices blend but there are hundreds to try! be prepared to sit among whiny babies and hop over strollers on your way to the bathroom. overall, an ok place for afternoon tea or brunch, and a decent value (we paid $27pp).

Pros: tea variety, fruit scones

Cons: dry sandwiches, no hot water refills

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A perfect place where I would love to go with someone very special or just by myself to spend some quality time and enjoy the amazing Tea!

2
★★★★★

A perfect place where I would love to go with someone very special or just by myself to spend some quality time and enjoy the amazing Tea!

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With a tea list of over 100 teas, and the most amazing scones served with jam and clotted cream, how can you go wrong? The sandwiches are merely decent, but everything else is phenomonal; including the waitresses who are the friendliest, sunny-est girls you'll ever meet. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

With a tea list of over 100 teas, and the most amazing scones served with jam and clotted cream, how can you go wrong? The sandwiches are merely decent, but everything else is phenomonal; including the waitresses who are the friendliest, sunny-est girls you'll ever meet. Highly recommended.

Pros: great food, friendly waitresses

Cons: lots of children

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The food was sorely lacking. The bread used for the sandwiches and scones were stale. For the price, the food should be much better. Beware, if you order the Mad Hatter for 2, you cannot share with a third person. I went with 2 other people and we shared the Mad Hatter, but of course, we were told after we had shared. The waitress knew we were sharing but kindly reminded us after the fact that the Mad Hatter is only for two.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was sorely lacking. The bread used for the sandwiches and scones were stale. For the price, the food should be much better. Beware, if you order the Mad Hatter for 2, you cannot share with a third person. I went with 2 other people and we shared the Mad Hatter, but of course, we were told after we had shared. The waitress knew we were sharing but kindly reminded us after the fact that the Mad Hatter is only for two.

Pros: ambience

Cons: food

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First thing...make reservations if you are going on a weekend. We tried unsuccessfully to eat brunch on a weekend without reservations. The wait was crazy long, so we gave up. We went back on a weekday and there wasn't any wait. The crepes with honey creme are out of this world!

2
★★★★★

First thing...make reservations if you are going on a weekend. We tried unsuccessfully to eat brunch on a weekend without reservations. The wait was crazy long, so we gave up. We went back on a weekday and there wasn't any wait. The crepes with honey creme are out of this world!

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I love this place!!! I've been going since they opened and never tire of it. It makes me forget about the hustle and bustle of NYC while I'm there sipping tea and eating delicious food and even more delicious scones. Please don't ever leave us!!

2
★★★★★

I love this place!!! I've been going since they opened and never tire of it. It makes me forget about the hustle and bustle of NYC while I'm there sipping tea and eating delicious food and even more delicious scones. Please don't ever leave us!!

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I had the best PB&J sandwhich at the UWS location. I think it genius to use banana bread -- the best of both worlds. The variety of tea is great along with the mismatched teacups -- loved it! Can't say enough good things about my visit!

2
★★★★★

I had the best PB&J sandwhich at the UWS location. I think it genius to use banana bread -- the best of both worlds. The variety of tea is great along with the mismatched teacups -- loved it! Can't say enough good things about my visit!

Pros: great atmospher, great menu, reasonable prices

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We went to the new Eastside location with a large group to celebrate the holidays. We made reservations and were NEVER told about the requirement that a large group order $33 a piece meals! When we exlplained that we were never told this they said tough and that we had to either do that or leave AND if we left they would charge the credit card our reservation had been made under. We wanted to stay and would have ordered quite a bit of food but wanted the option to order a la carte instead of prix fix. We ended up leaving. They were INCREDIBLY RUDE and not at all flexible! Not to mention they made us wait 45 minutes for our table. I never in my life have had such a RUDE experience. They lost a lot of money from 10 ladies that Sunday afternoon.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went to the new Eastside location with a large group to celebrate the holidays. We made reservations and were NEVER told about the requirement that a large group order $33 a piece meals! When we exlplained that we were never told this they said tough and that we had to either do that or leave AND if we left they would charge the credit card our reservation had been made under. We wanted to stay and would have ordered quite a bit of food but wanted the option to order a la carte instead of prix fix. We ended up leaving. They were INCREDIBLY RUDE and not at all flexible! Not to mention they made us wait 45 minutes for our table. I never in my life have had such a RUDE experience. They lost a lot of money from 10 ladies that Sunday afternoon.

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I might like the place if I never had any high tea in my life. The place was very nice, good location, small & cozy BUT they really need to improve the service and the food. Five of us order three differences tea and end up only one was the correct order. We had no complaint of the tea they provided after we got the right one; not excellent tea but at lease it wasnt bad. But the food was mediocre. We had ordered the high tea set, which come with associated muffins, scones, cookies and sandwiches. The muffins and scones, cookies were all crudely made, barely up to the standard, and the sandwiches as well, the bread was dry, feels like two days ago bread. All of us were very disappointed of this high tea experience at Alice, especially after reading so many great reviews here.

1
★★☆☆☆

I might like the place if I never had any high tea in my life. The place was very nice, good location, small & cozy BUT they really need to improve the service and the food. Five of us order three differences tea and end up only one was the correct order. We had no complaint of the tea they provided after we got the right one; not excellent tea but at lease it wasnt bad. But the food was mediocre. We had ordered the high tea set, which come with associated muffins, scones, cookies and sandwiches. The muffins and scones, cookies were all crudely made, barely up to the standard, and the sandwiches as well, the bread was dry, feels like two days ago bread. All of us were very disappointed of this high tea experience at Alice, especially after reading so many great reviews here.

Pros: Ambience, Good location

Cons: Food, Service

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I adore this place and anyne i know who has been there has not a bad word to say about it.
the little shop in the front is wonderfull displying the amazing cakes and yummy cup cakes.
Being English am most inpressed by the tea varieties certainly do not have that at home.
the sit down food is delicious can definatly reccomend the blueberry pancakes really fluffy with fresh fruit.
the service is friendly and efficiant and the decor is cute. Best way to start the day.
The only con which isnt really a con i suppose is that 8 of went there on a saturday for brunch but they were totally full for the next 2 hours ..which is to be expected really.
Great for everyone really .i think litle girls or big girls would particually get a kick out of it.

2
★★★★★

I adore this place and anyne i know who has been there has not a bad word to say about it.
the little shop in the front is wonderfull displying the amazing cakes and yummy cup cakes.
Being English am most inpressed by the tea varieties certainly do not have that at home.
the sit down food is delicious can definatly reccomend the blueberry pancakes really fluffy with fresh fruit.
the service is friendly and efficiant and the decor is cute. Best way to start the day.
The only con which isnt really a con i suppose is that 8 of went there on a saturday for brunch but they were totally full for the next 2 hours ..which is to be expected really.
Great for everyone really .i think litle girls or big girls would particually get a kick out of it.

Pros: amazing cakes, variety of teas, decor

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I was reading the negative reviews of Alice's Tea Cup, and I was shocked...and then I realized some of them were over 2 years old...my friends and I go there all the time (one friend even had a bridal shower there) and we have never had a bad time. The servers greet us like old friends, it is one of the most charming places in New York, and the scones and food overall are unbeatable with the atmosphere...its all sugar and magic at Alice's Tea Cup...

2
★★★★★

I was reading the negative reviews of Alice's Tea Cup, and I was shocked...and then I realized some of them were over 2 years old...my friends and I go there all the time (one friend even had a bridal shower there) and we have never had a bad time. The servers greet us like old friends, it is one of the most charming places in New York, and the scones and food overall are unbeatable with the atmosphere...its all sugar and magic at Alice's Tea Cup...

Pros: friendly, delicious, unique

Cons: busy weekends

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I am extremely surprised at the poor reviews! I discovered this adorable place approx. 1 year ago. It is intimate and cozy, the furniture is a hodge-podge of mis matched antique chairs. I am not a high tea connoisseur as we we usually just order a simple black tea. However, I am a scone fan and these are the absolute best I have EVER had; light and moist with wonderful flavors all of which are fantastic. My husband loves the banana chocolate chip, last time I had raspberry/coconut and cinammon walnut. We love the sandwiches.....each sandwich comes on a wonderful different type bread. Two of our favorites are ham/gruyere on semolina/raisin and smoked chicken with apples on seven grain. The waitresses are friendly with no attitude at all. I recommended to my parents and they adored it too. You will not be disappointed with this quaint and reasonable priced spot!

2
★★★★★

I am extremely surprised at the poor reviews! I discovered this adorable place approx. 1 year ago. It is intimate and cozy, the furniture is a hodge-podge of mis matched antique chairs. I am not a high tea connoisseur as we we usually just order a simple black tea. However, I am a scone fan and these are the absolute best I have EVER had; light and moist with wonderful flavors all of which are fantastic. My husband loves the banana chocolate chip, last time I had raspberry/coconut and cinammon walnut. We love the sandwiches.....each sandwich comes on a wonderful different type bread. Two of our favorites are ham/gruyere on semolina/raisin and smoked chicken with apples on seven grain. The waitresses are friendly with no attitude at all. I recommended to my parents and they adored it too. You will not be disappointed with this quaint and reasonable priced spot!

Pros: scones, decor, sandwiches

Cons: limited seating

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Great little place. The best tea list I have seen yet--they have many rare green teas. The sandwiches were good and the scones and cookies were delicious. We got one of the combo plates, Mad Hatter, which was enormous even for 2. The place is not cheap, but as a sometimes tea joint, it hits the spot.

2
★★★★★

Great little place. The best tea list I have seen yet--they have many rare green teas. The sandwiches were good and the scones and cookies were delicious. We got one of the combo plates, Mad Hatter, which was enormous even for 2. The place is not cheap, but as a sometimes tea joint, it hits the spot.

Pros: Great tea, sweets, theme

Cons: price

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well..i am a big tea fun-i highly appreciate tea time and tea places..this one was average. the setting not my style..the waitors keep on getting in and out of the kitchen which is placed right next to the tables..and the relaxing experience becomes a bit stressy.
the scone was great, freshly baked and fluffy but you apparemtly have to wait 20'.. and my tea came quite late too. and the place wasn't that busy, just 3 parties or so. pretty pricy too. on my way out i purchased some tea from the retail at the front and i payed $25 for 3 oz of chai's.
i don't know- it's a childish place, more British oriented, and not that great. i wouldn't go again, i can't spent that much time and $$ for what i finally got there.

1
★★★☆☆

well..i am a big tea fun-i highly appreciate tea time and tea places..this one was average. the setting not my style..the waitors keep on getting in and out of the kitchen which is placed right next to the tables..and the relaxing experience becomes a bit stressy.
the scone was great, freshly baked and fluffy but you apparemtly have to wait 20'.. and my tea came quite late too. and the place wasn't that busy, just 3 parties or so. pretty pricy too. on my way out i purchased some tea from the retail at the front and i payed $25 for 3 oz of chai's.
i don't know- it's a childish place, more British oriented, and not that great. i wouldn't go again, i can't spent that much time and $$ for what i finally got there.

Pros: good tea, good scone

Cons: , expensive

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This used to be a charming little spot. However, on a recent visit, the place was swarming with tourists (thank you SO much Mary Kate and Ashley). We were seated in the airless back room, served expensive watery tea, and gererally ignored.

The busboy parked himself at the service station across from our table during his down time and stared at us. We wondered if he was hungry or just trying to pick up a date for Friday night.

All in all, this was a miserable experience. This is NYC, there are other tea places!

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★☆☆☆☆

This used to be a charming little spot. However, on a recent visit, the place was swarming with tourists (thank you SO much Mary Kate and Ashley). We were seated in the airless back room, served expensive watery tea, and gererally ignored.

The busboy parked himself at the service station across from our table during his down time and stared at us. We wondered if he was hungry or just trying to pick up a date for Friday night.

All in all, this was a miserable experience. This is NYC, there are other tea places!

Pros: funky decor, little girl heaven

Cons: , odd wait staff

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This is the most horrible tea experience I had EVER. The staff is rude and downright mean. The scone is good, but the sandwiches are really, really bad... worse than your local deli. And it is quite expensive for what it is. I'm not sure what a previous poster was saying about it being much better priced than high tea... for a comparable cost, you can get better food and service at the Palm or Payard.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is the most horrible tea experience I had EVER. The staff is rude and downright mean. The scone is good, but the sandwiches are really, really bad... worse than your local deli. And it is quite expensive for what it is. I'm not sure what a previous poster was saying about it being much better priced than high tea... for a comparable cost, you can get better food and service at the Palm or Payard.

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...unless you want to get treated terribly. I know it's the busy holiday season, but the service we received was unreal. Our cashier made several rude comments because we preferred a cheaper tea strainer. She then overcharged us significantly, admitted her mistake, but claimed she was "too busy to do anything about it". I couldn't believe it. I thought I had found a great place - but it wasn't worth getting treated like dirt.

0
★☆☆☆☆

...unless you want to get treated terribly. I know it's the busy holiday season, but the service we received was unreal. Our cashier made several rude comments because we preferred a cheaper tea strainer. She then overcharged us significantly, admitted her mistake, but claimed she was "too busy to do anything about it". I couldn't believe it. I thought I had found a great place - but it wasn't worth getting treated like dirt.

Pros: cute shop, great products

Cons: hectic, worst service

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This place is great. I don't at all agree with the previous reviewer's comments on the food or the price. I've been a number of times and the food has been consistently good. The crepes and scones were delicious and fresh. The sandwiches were all tasty too. As for the price, it's not at all comparable to expensive high teas. It's much cheaper. The price is comparable to most brunch places in new york. The service is excellent. The servers aren't breathing down your neck, they leave you to enjoy your meal.

2
★★★★★

This place is great. I don't at all agree with the previous reviewer's comments on the food or the price. I've been a number of times and the food has been consistently good. The crepes and scones were delicious and fresh. The sandwiches were all tasty too. As for the price, it's not at all comparable to expensive high teas. It's much cheaper. The price is comparable to most brunch places in new york. The service is excellent. The servers aren't breathing down your neck, they leave you to enjoy your meal.

Pros: tea, food, decor

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Alice's Tea Cup is more about the ceremony of tea rather than good tea. If you're not a big tea drinker or enjoy 'fruit teas', then you probably won't notice and will leave relatively content. The food was okay - I enjoyed my croque madame and accompanying salad. (The cucumber sandwhich, however, was awful). As for my tea, it was not hot and evidently, there must have been a fruit tea in the pot before b/c there was a distinct fuity aroma coming from my black tea. Because the cafe is below ground and has no windows, it's probably a better place to stop by in colder weather. Also, as I was there on a weekend, it was extremely loud. Although it was not a bad expereince, it was not memorable either. Overall, it's a nice place for mothers and daughters which appear to be the primary clientele.

1
★★★☆☆

Alice's Tea Cup is more about the ceremony of tea rather than good tea. If you're not a big tea drinker or enjoy 'fruit teas', then you probably won't notice and will leave relatively content. The food was okay - I enjoyed my croque madame and accompanying salad. (The cucumber sandwhich, however, was awful). As for my tea, it was not hot and evidently, there must have been a fruit tea in the pot before b/c there was a distinct fuity aroma coming from my black tea. Because the cafe is below ground and has no windows, it's probably a better place to stop by in colder weather. Also, as I was there on a weekend, it was extremely loud. Although it was not a bad expereince, it was not memorable either. Overall, it's a nice place for mothers and daughters which appear to be the primary clientele.

Pros: good for little girls, or Alice in WL fans, save for a rainy day

Cons: loud on weekends, cucumber sandwhiches

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Perfect place for brunch or tea. Great for little kids & girly girls of all ages. It's also a fantastic respite during an afternoon of shopping, movies or schlepping around the Upper West Side.

2
★★★★★

Perfect place for brunch or tea. Great for little kids & girly girls of all ages. It's also a fantastic respite during an afternoon of shopping, movies or schlepping around the Upper West Side.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Location

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The only edible food item in this place is the scone. Everything else is horrible. The smoked salmon sandwich must have been sitting in room temperature for hours. The egg salad was tasteless.

The worst part has to be the service. It is nonexistant and leads to an unacceptable wait.

The price is comparable to high tea at a nice hotel. Where the food is actually fresh and there is service.

Admittedly the decor is cute but it's nothing special. I don't know why anyone would bother.

1
★★☆☆☆

The only edible food item in this place is the scone. Everything else is horrible. The smoked salmon sandwich must have been sitting in room temperature for hours. The egg salad was tasteless.

The worst part has to be the service. It is nonexistant and leads to an unacceptable wait.

The price is comparable to high tea at a nice hotel. Where the food is actually fresh and there is service.

Admittedly the decor is cute but it's nothing special. I don't know why anyone would bother.

Pros: Cute decor, Scone

Cons: Unfresh sandwiches, Horrible service, Very expensive

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We have been going to Alice's since they opened. It is such a whimsical place. My daughter loves the Alice theme, I love the service and the food. They have converted me from coffee to tea drinker. The owners are so very hospitable. Thank you so much Lauren and Hailey. The place has become quite popular, and it does get crowded during the weekend; it is more relaxing on weekdays.

2
★★★★★

We have been going to Alice's since they opened. It is such a whimsical place. My daughter loves the Alice theme, I love the service and the food. They have converted me from coffee to tea drinker. The owners are so very hospitable. Thank you so much Lauren and Hailey. The place has become quite popular, and it does get crowded during the weekend; it is more relaxing on weekdays.

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I love Alice's. I've never had a bad meal, and the tea is excellent & freshly brewed. Scones are heavenly (never dry) & change all the time, so you never get bored. The salad with tea-smoked chicken is also a favorite. All food is fresh & incredibly flavorful. Atmosphere is truly enjoyable, a real refuge in a crazy city. It's like having a meal in a country inn. Super delicous. Also a great place to pick up a small gift for a friend like a book or photo album.

2
★★★★★

I love Alice's. I've never had a bad meal, and the tea is excellent & freshly brewed. Scones are heavenly (never dry) & change all the time, so you never get bored. The salad with tea-smoked chicken is also a favorite. All food is fresh & incredibly flavorful. Atmosphere is truly enjoyable, a real refuge in a crazy city. It's like having a meal in a country inn. Super delicous. Also a great place to pick up a small gift for a friend like a book or photo album.

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This is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful tea on a rainy afternoon. Subdued, charming, small but not too small, just right for you and a couple of friends as an alternative to the crowded weekend brunch or for when you just feel like sitting alone to read and sip some tea and nibble on their great scones. The menu is great--not overwhelming but enough to offer something to everyone, plentiful teas to choose from, and the price isn't hard on the wallet. I'm coming back here whenever I need a little escape.

2
★★★★★

This is the perfect place for a quiet, peaceful tea on a rainy afternoon. Subdued, charming, small but not too small, just right for you and a couple of friends as an alternative to the crowded weekend brunch or for when you just feel like sitting alone to read and sip some tea and nibble on their great scones. The menu is great--not overwhelming but enough to offer something to everyone, plentiful teas to choose from, and the price isn't hard on the wallet. I'm coming back here whenever I need a little escape.

Pros: Affordable, Quiet atmosphere, Great teas and snacks

 

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