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Aug 5, 2008 10:23 AM

full leaf, loose leaf tea - where to buy?

I'm new to the city and looking for a place to get the best full leaf and loose leaf teas in Manhattan and Brooklyn.


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  1. i usually buy mine in Chinatown...there is the Ten Ren store on Mott, or Pearl River on Broadway/Grand, in their upstairs loft area...

    1. I usually order online, but sometimes I'll go to Ten Ren in Chinatown, Porto Rico on Bleeker, McNulty's on Christopher st, and Fairways (they have a small selection). I think Zabars also sells loose tea by the pound. Whole Foods also sells loose tea by the pound, but it is pre-packaged and only one specific brand I think (can't remember the name...maybe Rishi?).

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      1. re: twiggles

        It sounds like Ten Ren may be the best choice for what I'm looking for. I'm basically looking for the best I can find. Do they have full leaf?

        1. re: trev80

          Yes, they have full leaf, many different grades. They specialize in Chinese teas.

      2. Try the T salon at Chelsea Market!

        1. Kalustyans had some nice teas if I remember correctly, though tea isn't the primary focus.

          The tea bins were located upstairs.

          123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            1. re: Miss Needle

              McNulty's on Christopher St. is like taking a step back in time. The staff is extremely knowledgeable without being snobs. I'm a tea novice and they introduced me to a number of teas and coffees which were just right for me. I visit often just to enjoy the aromas and the atmosphere; it's like being in a turn-of-the-century coffee/tea monger's shop.