Feet tired from scrutinizing the Rembrandts and Monets at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? One of Alice's three "chapters" is only a few blocks away, with a variety of freshly-baked scones, soups, and munchies prepared daily and brought out to you on black-and-white checkered floors. The other two locations, one on the East Side and one on the Upper West, round out the magical franchise with their delightfully mismatching tea-sets, mind-bending Wonderland paintings, and sparkly trinkets for sale on your way out (or in).
Sure, New York offers plenty of locations to savor a hearty sandwich, but you won't always find options such as tea-soaked chicken, green apple and goat's cheese; cucumber, watercress and lemon butter; or chopped tea-egg salad -- not to mention a quirky peek into the classic settings and characters of Lewis Carroll.
Bring your kids for a themed birthday party (or "un-birthday" party) and watch their faces glow when a multi-tiered custom cake arrives! Alice's is also a fantastic spot for bridal and baby showers. Space is often limited, and during after-work hours you'll find that many Upper East Siders have chosen Alice's as a safe haven in which to escape from the bustle of the streets outside. Those of age can even treat themselves to a cheeky "Mar-Tea-Ni."
You can stop in for a raspberry or marshmallow crepe during brunch (Saturdays and Sundays before 3pm). Especially in the bitter winter months, sipping on a steaming cup of Cameroon Fannings, Organic Snowbuds, or Mulling Spice is just what the Rabbit ordered.