Rising popularity of afternoon tea

December 16, 2011 2:43:33 PM PST
With a side order of fairy wings and pixie dust, afternoon tea becomes magical inside a storybook of a store.

Alice's Tea Cup is where 5 year olds Emma and Eliza Spindler, friend Hinako McGuiness, and the moms toast winter break.

Co-owner Lauren Fox has served up the scones and finger sandwiches for 10 years at Alice's Tea Cup. She calls the ritual of afternoon tea a unique brand of comfort food.

"It feels a lot more special than mac 'n cheese or pizza or fries," she said.

There's a transportive quality to a cup of warmth and the delicate delicacies beside it. You don't need fairy wings to feel lifted.

It's now possible to find a spot of tea all across Manhattan, from salons Downtown all the way to Uptown.

Up in the clouds at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, high above Columbus Circle, allows guests to indulge in the seasonal Nutcracker tea. You can drink in the New York City skyline while nibbling ginger scones, egg nog parfaits or watercress and roasted chestnut cream pinwheel.

"Just always trying to think of something new and fun and creative," Chef Matthew Tiscornia said.




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