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Mar 11, 2008 01:20 PM

Relaxed lounge-y places for tea?

for anyone who's familiar with LA, i'd love to find someplace similar to the now-closed elixir on melrose. priorities are good selection of teas and comfy seating - couches, armchairs, etc.

suggestions for all neighborhoods welcome.


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  1. I don't think you'll find something like Elixir in NY. NY seems to be more of a coffee city. There are a few tea places but tend not to be loungey -- more like small hard seats. I wish somebody would open up an Elixir here.

    I think your best bet would be to find a loungey coffee place that has a moderate selection of teas -- nothing like Elixir but generally would have your standard black, green and some herbal selections. Or perhaps a day spa may have something.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      loungey coffee place with decent tea sounds good to me. any faves you can recommend?

      btw, considering that elixir didn't make it in LA - which is more of a tea town - somehow i doubt we'll be seeing anything like it in NY anytime soon. what a great little spot that was. i miss it!

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        agreed with miss needle. NY real estate doesn't condone a lot of relaxing-for-hours loungey spots compared to spacious LA. Elixir was truly one of a kind but to get that kind of atmosphere you'd have to go to a hotel or spa.

        *Wishing that Argo Tea would make it's way over here.... *

    2. I had to admit up front that I never visited elixir. However, I would like to recommend Gramstand on Avenue A at 13th Street. They have a fabulous selection of tea that they brew there and most of their staff is very knowledgeable. It is a comfortable spot with upstairs and downstairs seating. Lots of students and freelancers tend to be there as the free internet is great.

      Check it out:

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      1. re: newfoodie

        That looks good. Have to check it out.

        GHG, a few coffee places to get you started (nothing like Elixir, mind you) are Grounded and Think Coffee. Madeline Patisserie (is in process of moving now) used to have a decent tea selection with couches. They also have pretty good macarons, which I believe are gluten-free.

        I know this may be of a stretch, but how about a hotel lounge and ordering tea there? I've only done it when I'm staying at that hotel, but I know people who hold meetings there (where they are not guests). I kind of think it's a bit ballsy, but they're not kicked out.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Madeline Patisserie is moving??? where to?

          1. re: Miss Needle

            I love Think but I don't think it's particularly comfy/loungey there.

        2. T Salon
          I've only been to Chelsea Market location, not sure/don't think the other planned locations are open yet. You can get tea and tea/liquor cocktails. Store has a lounge in the back.

          1. Others are right, lounging for a price of a cup of tea is a luxury in NYC. Think Coffee is one place - although I don't like their coffee, never tried their tea. There is a place exactly like you are looking for, called Tea Lounge, but that's in Park Slope, Brooklyn

              1. re: pacz

                Casablanca Tea Room seems to have closed ...

                Phone's disconnected, Web site's gone.