I treated myself to a lovely dinner here tonight. I love that all of the food is vegetarian, so I don’t have to worry about figuring out which dishes are ok. I had avocado bibimbap with ginger soy sauce, soy cheesecake, and dandelion tea. The bibimbap was quite good and the cheesecake was fantastically sweet and creamy with a lovely caramel/fruit drizzle. Everything was beautifully presented. The tea complemented the meal nicely. It had a roasty, savory flavor and soothed my stomach after too much matcha. The restaurant itself is beautiful and serene. The prices are in special-treat range for me but not completely outrageous. I’m not in this neighborhood often, but I would eat at Franchia again next time I am.
Bonus – it’s not far from the Morgan Library, which is an absolutely wonderful place to visit, happens to have free admission on Fridays from 7pm-9pm, and currently has a great exhibit on Alice in Wonderland (plus a gorgeous collection of illuminated texts and oh yeah, a Gutenberg Bible).
Love this place! A few times a year, my partner and I make an afternoon of it and go to Alice’s for their Jabberwocky tea service. Unlimited tea, scones, and sandwiches, plus a plate of cookies and cake. Everything is delicious and the service is always excellent. The price is a bit steep at $80 for two people, which is why trips to Alice’s are so rare, but we tend to come hungry and stay for a while.