Alice's Tea Cup is a self-described "dream come true" for sisters Hayley and Lauren Fox, Upper West Side natives and fervent believers in the magic of tea parties. Three Manhattan locations—nicknamed Chapters I, II, and III in homage to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland—welcome patrons into cozy, light-filled spaces for breakfast, brunch, lunch and light supper, in addition to traditional afternoon tea. Whimsical interior touches abound, from Chapter II's turquoise "Looking Glass Room", decorated with translucent butterflies, to Chapter III's giant wall mural depicting the great hall Alice encounters in the book. Tiered trays of homemade sandwiches, cookies, and scones with jam and clotted cream share the menu with more than 100 varieties of tea, all precisely steeped in 180-degree, double-filtered water for optimal flavor. After polishing off elevenses at Chapters I or III, patrons can also peruse funky clothing, tea accouterments, and eclectic gifts at the retail shops featured at those locations, taking care to avoid dashing rabbits frantically checking their watches.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Now an international brand of premium ice cream, H?agen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded H?agen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors?vanilla, chocolate, and coffee?made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Though H?agen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.
Absolute Bagels’ green awning reads "Appetizing," "Baked On Premises," "Hand Roll Bagels." An eclectic assortment of potted greenery blooms in the window beneath. It might seem like an average sort of place—if it weren't for the dense line, which is replenished all morning long. The staff takes cash only and keeps the line moving, rewarding those who brave the crowd with fresh-from-the-oven treats, such as pumpernickel bagels piled with whitefish or whole-wheat everything bagels slathered with a garlic-and-herb spread. They also stock a full line of dairy-free Tofutti imitation cream cheeses. Absolute Bagels has garnered an almost legendary reputation about the city. _Time Out New York calls the spot a "neighborhood gem… serving freshly boiled bagels in their most perfect form." Eat This NY deemed them "truly spectacular," and Gayot gives them "high marks for flavor, especially the egg, cinnamon-raisin, and whole-wheat sesame."
Lady M Confections’ signature mille crepes dessert is a study in contrast. The 20-layer cake is light and airy, thanks to the lacy crepes that form the structural foundation, yet packed with flavor due to doses of luscious cream that cement each layer together. When combined with its artful presentation, it’s no wonder the cake was named one of the best cakes in America by Bon Appétit magazine. The carefully constructed delicacy comes in flavors such as green tea, coconut, and chocolate banana. Lady M's bakers also practice devout attention to detail when creating French-style desserts such as glossy fruit tarts, frothy coffee mousse, and pumpkin nuage, which blends the textures of a pumpkin pie with cheesecake for a decadent autumnal dessert.
It doesn't matter if it's 3 a.m. or you’re hundreds of miles away—the staff at H&H Midtown Bagels East will fulfill your desire for a handcrafted bagel piled with cream cheese or smoked fish. The eatery remains open 24/7 to sate late-night or mid-afternoon cravings for a fresh bagel, black-and-white cookie, or challah bread. For out-of-state fans, the staff overnights their made-from-scratch bakery goods via FedEx or a moonlighting stork.