[Photo: Nikki Goldstein]

Go to Alice's Tea Cup for their namesake meal and you'll get a 15-page selection of tea, adequate sandwiches, and excellent scones. Go for brunch, and the experience isn't too different. Sub the tea sammies, add ham and cheese to the scones, top them with poached eggs and a rosemary-flecked hollandaise, and you'll end up with the Scones Benedict ($12). Just like at any other time of day, it's the scone that really shines. Eggs are done right, while a chicken hash accompaniment sounds far more delicious than it turns out to be.

But the scones—the scones hit the spot. Much more savory than sweet, speckled with chunks of ham and marbled with cheddar, they're one of the best "bottoms" to a Benedictine top I've yet encountered. Expect an excess of kids and fairy dust, or shoot for a table upstairs if that adds more quease than cute to your Sunday morning.

Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II

156 East 64th Street, New York NY 10065 (map)

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