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Any new tea shops worth trying?

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jackieparis Mar 23, 2009 06:44 AM

I'm a serious tea drinker. I feel like I've tried most of the good tea shops in the city. My favorites are:

Amai
Tea Box
Cha-An
Sympathy for the Kettle (which is closing)

I've also tried some of the high end places like Lady Mendyl's.

Do you know if there are any new tea places worth checking out?

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    notsochubbychubette RE: jackieparis Mar 23, 2009 06:48 AM

    Not new, but Subtletea
    http://www.subtleteastore.com/

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      jackieparis RE: notsochubbychubette Mar 23, 2009 04:24 PM

      Thanks! I've been there and don't love it.

    2. Peter Cuce RE: thegirlnextdoor Mar 24, 2009 07:38 AM

      I'm not a Teany fan, especially not of the food and the atrocious service.
      T-Salon was one of the first places doing specialty tea in NYC, even though it's moved around a lot. The new space looks better than it feels, but the tea quality is still there.
      To the OP, what about Podunk?
      Also, have you been to Tafu?

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        jackieparis RE: Peter Cuce Mar 24, 2009 05:40 PM

        Yes, I've been to Tafu and I think its excellent! Thank you for reminding me about it.

      2. thegirlnextdoor RE: jackieparis Mar 24, 2009 09:22 AM

        If you're looking to have a traditional afternoon tea, I'd recommend Teany in the Lower East Side or Alice's Tea Cup uptown --both have really extensive tea selections and good food. FYI - Arium in the Meatpacking District used to be good, but went back recently, and the afternoon tea is overpriced and forgettable.

        If you want a place to buy tea or just stop in and grab a cookie and a tea latte, but aren't looking for the full tea experience, try Amanzi in Tribeca which just opened a few months ago. I've bought tea from them a few times now, and I like their selection. Or try T Salon in the Chelsea Markets--great little space where you can get tea and a nice snack.

        BTW, I love Cha-an too. I dream about their green tea macarons!

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          jackieparis RE: thegirlnextdoor Mar 24, 2009 05:41 PM

          Thank you for recommending Amanzi. I hadn't heard of it. Yes, the sweet tea treats at Cha an are amazing! I love their whole afternoon tea set.

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          newfoodie RE: jackieparis Mar 24, 2009 11:43 AM

          When is Sympathy for the Kettle closing?!

          I really love that place! Whenever I'm there it's always packed, although given that there are four tables I suppose that's not saying so much.

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            Peter Cuce RE: newfoodie Mar 24, 2009 02:24 PM

            Next week I think. I stopped by last Thursday. Some of their teapots are on sale. The guy behind the counter said that the owner is having a baby and moving to London.

          2. floretbroccoli RE: jackieparis Mar 24, 2009 01:29 PM

            Have you tried the Harlem Tea Room ( http://www.harlemtearoom.com/ )? I had the best-brewed pot of tea there. Reservations are recommended.

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              cimui RE: floretbroccoli Mar 24, 2009 04:56 PM

              I think Harlem Tea Room has closed, sadly.

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                Uptownflavor RE: cimui Mar 24, 2009 05:37 PM

                Yup! Closed last year.

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                  floretbroccoli RE: Uptownflavor Mar 24, 2009 09:58 PM

                  Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. I guess when people who like a restaurant don't support it, it will close.

                  Their website is still up, though, hence my confusion.

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                    Uptownflavor RE: floretbroccoli Mar 25, 2009 06:53 PM

                    That wasn't really the issue. From the feedback I received it was a customer service issue. It also had some other factors working against it including location and price point for the area.

            2. asianbun RE: jackieparis Apr 16, 2009 07:50 AM

              have you tried the chinese tea parlors like TenRen or a typical HK tea cafe like Saint's Alp on 3rd Avenue near st. marks?

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                shesallthat RE: asianbun Apr 16, 2009 11:00 AM

                DO NOT GO TO ALICE'S TEA CUP (see my post). I have not been but have you tried Ito En?

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                mr_seabass RE: jackieparis Apr 16, 2009 02:00 PM

                Jackieparis, run to Amia tomorrow for your last tea there as it is closing on Sunday. Very sad that they did not make it....

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                  Peter Cuce RE: mr_seabass Apr 27, 2009 04:58 PM

                  Yeah, I'm real bummed, especially since I was out of the country when they closed. It was so sudden. One of my favorite overall cafes in the city.

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                  smdavid RE: jackieparis Oct 17, 2009 01:15 PM

                  Must try Radiance Tea at W 55th b/w 6-7 Avenues

                  www.radiancetea.com

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                    diprey RE: jackieparis Oct 17, 2009 02:46 PM

                    Maybe off-topic, but would you consider going to an ougter borough for a good tea? Flushing, Queens is on the 7 line, which starts at the Grand Central Terminal.

                    If you enjoy good-quality Chinese or Taiwanese teas, there are two stores I can recommend: both are in Flushing (and none in Chinatown, sorry). Lu Yu Tea Empire, @ 137-03 Northern Blvd and Fang Gourmet Tea, @135-25 Roosevelt Ave. IMHO, both are worth your time. Both have Web sites/Facebook accounts, but I would not recommend basing your conclusion on that.

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