Any new tea shops worth trying?
I'm a serious tea drinker. I feel like I've tried most of the good tea shops in the city. My favorites are:
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?
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?
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!
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.