I took my 12 and 10 year old daughters to Alice's Tea Cup II because I had read about it in a book called Tea Rooms of America. I love tea rooms. I imagined this one might be for a younger age group, but it was just right. We all enjoyed the fairy dust sprinkling done at the counter by the hip hostess, and my fun-living 10 year old even wore some of the wings that were hanging on the wall. My 12 year old just enjoyed the sweets piled high on the tiered tea tray. I especially enjoyed reading the extensive tea menu. We ordered the Mad Hatter for three. It is meant to be for one ($36, I think) or two (add $8, I think), but our waiter said we could order it for all three of us (for another $8 more). For that price we got two mediocre sandwiches cut into thirds, four delicious scones, four average cookies, one little yummy lemon tart, and three pots of interesting tea. I had to add a sandwich because the girls needed more than just sweets. They enjoyed the cucumber sandwiches. (I wish I had ordered a savory scone instead, since we had more sweet scones than we could eat.) I had a salmon sandwich, which was fine, and I tasted an egg salad sandwich my friend ordered, which was interesting because the eggs were poached in tea. Overall, the food was pretty good, not amazing. For amazing tea fare in NYC, go to Lady Mendl's in Gramercy Park.
I was disappointed in the atmosphere of Alice's II. Downstairs where we were seated it was a bit dark, dingy, and far less cute than I imagined it would be. We explored upstairs out of curiosity, and it was much brighter and more interestingly decorated. And it was totally empty. I really wish they had seated us up there.
We had arrived at 3:00, after a short walk from the Central Park Zoo. We had to wait an hour for a table, which was hard for the hungry kids. Luckily we found a super-fun shop called Pylores across Lexington to entertain ourselves. At 4:00 when they finally called us for our table the place was almost totally empty.
I think our visit could have been better. Alice's is worth checking out, but maybe best for just a snack of a pot of tea and a scone, especially if you can sit upstairs.
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