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Apr 23, 2009 08:18 AM

Amai and Tafu closed--now where do I go??

My favorite spots for green-tea drinks and sweets are no more (well, Tafu is still open for one more day tomorrow), so now where can I go for lovingly made green-tea muffins, cupcakes and daifuku mochi? I am most sad about losing the mochi. Does anyone sell mochi as good as the ones that were available at Tafu?

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  1. Tafu is closing!?!?! I went for my first time last week and loaded up on Itzy Bitzy Patisserie's macaroons. What a bummer!

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Yeah, it's such sad news. I went by this morning to stock up on macaroons and mochi, but all they have left are the looseleaf teas and the matcha chocolates.

    2. Nooooo! I am absolutely devestated!
      I need a replacement too...

      1. I'm still weepy over the loss of the almond croissant at Amai... As for mochi, have you tried Minamoto Kitchoan? I used to go there often, but haven't been for years.

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        1. re: mr_seabass

          I like the mochi at Minamoto Kitchoan too. It's located at the corner of East 49th and Fifth Avenue, near Rockefeller Center (Entrance is on East 49th). It's a retail store so I don't think there is much room for sit down/tea service though.

          1. re: bearmi

            yeah minamoto kitchoan isn't bad although its egregiously expensive for manju

        2. Amai was one of my favorite overall cafes in Manhattan: great, well-made coffee, tea, sweets, sandwiches, nicely designed, cozy place to meet a friend or study. I greatly mourn it's loss. There isn't really another place like Tafu -- I guess Kyotofu is vaguely similar, although it's more of a full-fledged restaurant that also has sweets in the front section. If you haven't tried them, some of their stuff is real good, although the service isn't super-friendly. Cha-an is a good place also.