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Tea Bars/Shops

chocokitty Oct 22, 2006 04:10 PM

Can anyone recommend some places where there is good tea? I've been to Teany, Subtle Tea, and Tavalon. I'm just looking for places that have a causual tea, not those fancy afternoon teas in hotels. Thanks in advance!

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    haleyjen Oct 22, 2006 08:43 PM

    I like Sympathy for the Kettle on St. Mark's. It's super cute.

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      billyeats Oct 22, 2006 11:02 PM

      How about Tea Spot near Washington Square Park...


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        JWh Oct 22, 2006 11:05 PM

        Itoen Japanese - they are located near the park, but also sell thier tea at Wholefoods and numerous other higher end shops in the city. Itoen is a Japanese restaurant, but one can go in for an amazing pot of tea and a sweet )not have to eat there) however the foos is very good.

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          Desidero Oct 22, 2006 11:29 PM

          Check out Casablanca on Mercer (Houston/Prince). The service is dreadful, but the place has a nice feel to it and they have a wide selection of teas.

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            calypsogirl Oct 22, 2006 11:51 PM

            wild lily tea room in chelsea.

            it's going to be closing in december and it's one of my favorite spots. :(


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              Ora Oct 23, 2006 02:44 AM

              Sorry to hear of this closing--loved that place. Why are they closing---rent too high as usual?

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                gumnaam Oct 23, 2006 03:06 PM

                Not good news. Wild Lily has long been a nice refuge from the city.

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                kenito799 Oct 23, 2006 02:26 PM

                Cha-an tea house upstairs on E 9th between 2nd/3rd. Get oolong and have them explain the process of decanting, sniffing and tasting if you haven't ever done that. Lots of other good stuff too, nice savory and sweet snacks.

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                  Sean Dell Oct 23, 2006 03:12 PM

                  If you're going to be uptown, the Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Museum is a gorgeous tea spot, with the best cakes in town. It's not snooty, like a hotel tea-room, but old-world elegant.

                  - Sean

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