Ronnybrook & Alice’s Tea Cup

I had Veterans’ Day off and it seemed like I was the only one, amongst my mostly banker friends, that had it off.  And being the asshole that I am, I dedicated the day to myself as my “mental health” day, instead of honoring our veterans the proper way.  So what does one do on a “mental health” day?  It’s only natural that I would pick to do the most “couple-y” and “mom-y” things in the city, duh.  Enter.. Guggenheim.  If abstract art is your thing, it’s a good time to go

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Alice’s Tea Cup

Rating:

2.5 spork

Location:  220 E 81st St (bw 2nd & 3rd Ave), 102 W 73rd st and 156 E 64th St.

Price: $3

While staring at Kandinsky’s art, all I could think about was the pumpkin scone that was soon going to be in my stomach.  Once I got to Alice’s Tea Cup, I couldn’t get myself to sit next to moms having tea parties with fellow moms and daughters so I had mine to go.  For $3, you get a huge scone and a side of preserves and cream.  I tore off a small piece as I walked out the door and the first thought was “Oh shit, that’s good.”  Afraid of becoming a victim of thoughtless eating, I placed the scone in my bag for later consumption.  I thought the scone was seriously lacking the pumpkin flavor but too strong on the spice.  A little more moist than the generic scone and it was actually topped with a caramel glaze that tasted nothing like pumpkin.  It was the combination of the pumpkin scone and the slighty burnt caramel-taste glaze that I absolutely loved; too bad they didn’t drench the whole scone with the glaze.  Muffin tops exist, why not scone tops?

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Good, but doesn’t deserve a dedicated trip to the UES for it.

Ronnybrook Milk Bar

Rating:

2 spork

Location: Inside Chelsea Market (9th Ave bw 15th and 16th St.)

Price: $8.50

With so many mentions in the New York Diet (nymag), I was thoroughly excited to try Ronnybrook Milk Bar.  Because my uneaten scone was still in my bag, I trekked down to the Chelsea Market for a leisurely lunch and to soak in the smell of heavenly butter produced by all the bakeries.  I ordered the Pressed Mozzarella (pesto, tomato, basil, eggplant on olive panini).  This sandwich was so disappointing, the pesto was lacking, there were maybe 4 pieces of basil (I opened my sandwich to check), the tomato wasn’t ripe, and I totally forgot about the eggplant because I didn’t taste any eggplant.  It was so bland that I topped the sandwich with the side salad, making it a little better.  I do give Ronnybrook credit with the fresh mozzarella and the olive bread.  The bread was flavorable for bread standards and the mozzarella was fresh with the right texture.  Such a shame the bread and the cheese flavors couldn’t shine through this sandwich.

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-kah

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