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Apr 25, 2008 05:00 PM

Where to find Thai tea in Manhattan?

Looking for (reasonably-priced) Thai tea to make Thai iced tea at home. (Used to get it at a little shop in Chinatown years ago, but can't recall which one.) Any suggestions?

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  1. have you tried —
    Chelsea Thai Wholesale
    at the Chelsea Market
    75 9th Avenue
    New York, NY 10011

    212.924-0145 (fax)

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    1. re: pbjluver

      Thanks. I got a pound for $3.50 there. Can't comment on the taste yet, but it smells good.

    2. A while back, I bought a box of Thai iced tea leaves here:

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      1. re: Ora

        Didn't try kalustyan's, but I know you can find just about any kind of spice or tea there, for a price. (I get sorrel leaves there when in a pinch.)

      2. haha I was just going to post the EXACT same question, glad I checked first.
        Please let me know how your tea turns out, I will head to chealsea market accordingly.

        1. Bangkok Center Grocery on Mosco St (betw. Mott & Mulberry) in Chinatown carries a selection. It's a great, well-stocked store for Southeast Asian goods.

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          1. re: BklynBlaise

            Thanks for that tip (I think that's the place I used to go to). I meant to go there today, but forgot the address.

            I stumbled on Udom's Thai & Indonesian at 81A Bayard. They had one pound bags for $6 (price, which was not marked on the bags, seemed fishy because the guy behind the counter kept explaining that he had to charge so much to keep up with rising prices, and also tried to get me to buy 2 bags to lock in at that price before it rises more).

            1. re: racer x

              That guy always has something fishy going on.

              1. re: Peter Cuce

                Picked up a $3.00 pound bag from Bangkok Center Grovery on Mosco the other day (they just had one type of bagless Thai tea).

                Noticed today that they are also selling Thai tea at the Asia Food Market on 71 1/2 Mulberry for $2.50 or less.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  They are always trying to upsell me at Udom's so for most things I prefer the Mosco Thai place EXCEPT Udom's sticky rice/banana in banana leaves is really good.

              2. re: BklynBlaise

                Yes, I love that shop. They are very nice in there, and there is a huge selection. I got Thai tea there last year, to make at home. (makes a great semi-frozen slushy as well!)

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