A little while back, The Daily News did a story on Alice's Tea Cup, which is one of NYC's best-known tea businesses. Excerpt:
Their concept was born a few years ago, when the women - native West Siders - were living in Los Angeles. Haley worked in film production, while Lauren was, and still is, an actress. They frequented a tea house, and wondered how such a place might fare back home.
"We didn't understand why you had to go to a hotel to get afternoon tea," Lauren said.
It's an interesting glimpse into a tea business in one of the most competitive cities in the world for food businesses. Read more on Alice's Tea Cup, and enjoy your tea!