Category Archives: Upper East Side

Afternoon Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup

Alice’s Tea Cup (Chapter II)
156 E 64th St
(between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10021

H.K., K.C, and I, aka. the Ladies, decided to have afternoon tea together at Alice’s Tea Cup one Saturday afternoon. The wait was an hour and a half. We watched countless daughters and their mothers get seated before we finally snagged a spot.

The walls are decorated with Alice in the Wonderland themed paintings. The mugs and teapots are mismatched and tooney. If you ask, the kind lady at the register will even sprinkle fairy dust (glitter) on you as you walk out.

I ordered the Small Pot of Tea and Two Scones ($12). Their tea list is ginormous. There are pages and pages and pages of teas that you could easily get lost in without a little direction.  Continue reading Afternoon Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup

Two Little Red Hens – my favorite cupcakes in the city

Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave
(between 85th St & 86th St)
New York, NY 10028

I’m on a roll with favorites.  My last two blog posts have all been favorites.  One was about my favorite pizza place, and the other about my favorite burger.  Let me know if you agree or disagree!

This post will be about my favorite cupcake place in NYC.  This, I imagine, will be somewhat controversial like my burger post… it’ll hopefully bring out some cupcake loyalties and will reveal who all of Two Little Red Hen’s legitimate competitors are.  The only qualm I have about the bakery is that it is so damn far away.  I’ve only been a few times, mostly as a side-stop after a visit to the MET or in this case, a visit to my friend B.G.’s gym.  He does a full afternoon workout + double-zumba session every Saturday and I thought I’d join.  Not going to lie, a big reason for why I went was that I would have an excuse to travel all the way uptown for some cupcakes…

While ordering, I was really wishing I had a sweeter tooth and/or cupcakes didn’t rely on freshness but neither of those are the case so I left the bakery with just these little gems.  The large cupcake is their Banana Cupcake, which is my absolute favorite.  I get it every time I come.  They actually had a fresh batch just as I got in, a sign from the gods that we were meant for each other.  The two small ones are the Brooklyn Blackout and the Peanut Butter.

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