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

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Peter Cuce

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

      2. 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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        1. re: thegirlnextdoor

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: newfoodie

            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. 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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            1. re: floretbroccoli

              I think Harlem Tea Room has closed, sadly.

              1. re: cimui

                Yup! Closed last year.

                1. re: Uptownflavor

                  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.

                  1. re: floretbroccoli

                    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. 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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              1. re: asianbun

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

              2. 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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                1. re: mr_seabass

                  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.

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

                  www.radiancetea.com

                  1. 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.