|I found the perfect scones, Or should I say, “The scones found me.”-–by journeyscoffee via Flickr|
I love scones for breakfast almost as much as I love caramel colored pea coats, Michael Bublé’s Holiday Pandora station, and pin-tucked duvets. Washing one down with a hot tea brings happiness that can only be paralleled with getting weekly blowouts. So when I moved to the Upper East Side this fall, I made it my goal to find the very best purveyor of scones, and I found them at Alice’s Tea Cup III.
The perfect scone is big and soft and is always made with fresh quality ingredients. It should not be too buttery or crumbly, and should make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Bonus points if the scone comes with fruit jam. To me, a scone is the breakfast interpretation of the best cupcake on earth. There’s something wildly reminiscent of childhood, such as eating dessert for breakfast, yet as an adult — it’s somehow acceptable and graceful to indulge. As some say, “There are no calories or guilt in Wonderland.” As a breakfast connoisseur, Alice’s Tea Cup makes the best scones I’ve ever had. And this Wonderland has incredible tea to boot.
|Alice in Wonderland in Central Park–credit|
Located next to a consignment shop on quiet East 81st St. between Second and Third Ave., Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter III is a cozy, whimsical tea house and breakfast destination for uptown residents and acquainted visitors alike. Getting into Alice’s is a serious matter. You should expect a 30-45 minute minimum wait at all times on weekends. They do not take reservations, but you can put your name in when you arrive.
I went for breakfast on a Sunday morning with my boyfriend, Stephen. We were seated in one of the three tables elevated by their two-step walk-up dining balcony. My view enabled me to see the entire restaurant, and Stephen could look out at 81st and see a half dozen soon-to-be patrons pacing on the sidewalk.
us time to peruse the menu.
|Breakfast at Alice’s with poached eggs and pumpkin pancakes|
If I hadn’t ordered their pumpkin pancakes, I would’ve ordered another scone — if only for myself. I tasted hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the thick, pumpkin pie-like dessert pillows sunken beneath a lake of
maple syrup and butter. I don’t think we talked much at all during breakfast, or fully appreciated the playfully decorated room the first time we ate there.
Many of the tables had three-tiered plates of cookies, scones, and tea sandwiches, giving me the feeling I was at an old-fashioned tea party. Alice’s also sells cakes and scones to go, and hosts birthday parties, children’s parties, and showers for all occasions. Kids’ colorful artwork lines the walls.
Alice’s has two other locations: E. 64th St. and W. 73rd St.
Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter III
|It’s always tea-time.–by Steve Isaacs via Flickr|