Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Alice’s Tea Cup
156 E. 64th Street at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, (212) 486-9200
What makes Alice’s Tea Cup memorable is its standout decor. Every detail, from the wording of the menus to the butterflies on the walls, is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic novels. And it’s not just the decor that’s exceptional. This is my favorite NYC place for scones, which are large, crumbly and dense. Flavors rotate daily, and there’s always at least one vegan option (often two). If you’re partial to a particular scone, be sure to take your tea early, as they often sell out of certain flavors by the afternoon, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. The tea list is also quite versatile, offering many herbal and caffeine-free options. My favorite is the Herbal Chai, which is super spicy and flavorful without any caffeine.
Alice’s Tea Cup offers four main choices for high tea: The Nibble, the Mad Hatter, the Jabberwocky and the Wee Tea. The Nibble ($25) is for one person only and includes one pot of tea, a choice of one scone, one sandwich and assorted mini cookies. The Mad Hatter ($37) includes a pot of tea, a choice of two scones and two sandwiches, plus mini cookies and your choice of one dessert. You can upgrade the Mad Hatter for two ($45), which includes another pot of tea as well as another choice of scone. The Jabberwocky ($60) comes with one pot of tea, unlimited scones and sandwiches, mini cookies and your choice of dessert. For each person sharing the Jabberwocky there is a $20 surcharge that includes an extra pot of tea. The Wee Tee is $20 per child. It includes a small pot of fruit or herbal tea, a scone, a choice of item from the “Menu for the Small” plus White Rabbit dark chocolate mousse. Alice’s Tea Cup is a truly magical place, and I highly recommend it as THE destination spot for you and your wee one. Tea service is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and reservations are only accepted at least 24 hours in advance.