afternoon tea

(Courtesy Bosie Tea Parlor)

Bosie Tea Parlor has refreshing iced teas and cold brew coffee, along with sweet and savory selections, to help beat the summer heat.

I went to a special tea party the other day. It was in honor of Eloise, that famous six-year-old resident of NYC's most famous hotel, The Plaza, and her favorite mostly companion (next to her Nanny, dog Weenie and turtle Skiperdee, of course): artist Hilary Knight, whose pen first sketched the little lady almost 60 years ago.

“… there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady. I have always been wholeheartedly in agreement with Mr. James on the subject of afternoon tea (the proper term for that three-course cornucopia of sandwiches, scones and pastries).

A nice meal or relaxing beverage in one of NYC’s amazing eateries is great—add cool décor and/or a theme and the experience is even better. Alice’s Teacup is one such place. The restaurant, reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," has two locations on the Upper East Side, as well as a spot on the Upper West Side, and serves up the freshest teas, made to order, as well as tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper items.

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