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Spice/Tea Shops

  • dcole Nov 1, 2011 01:48 PM
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What are your favorite shops for spices and/or Tea in NYC? Looking for the freshest and best ranges available.

Also, does anyone know where you can buy fresh spruce?

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  1. My absolute favorite tea shop is Harney & Sons, which is on Broome Street in Soho. They have an excellent selection of loose leaf teas, and all of their salespeople are very knowledgeable about their products. They also have a cute little cafe area in the back, although I've only ever been there to shop.

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    Broome Street Bar
    363 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Harney & Sons
    433 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: whitneybee

      Have to second the Harney & Sons rec, love that place. The folks there are very knowledgeable and approachable. I also like Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company, they have a decent selection of teas, plants and spices.

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      Harney & Sons
      433 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Co.
      208 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    2. There's a place on Crosby Street called In Pursuit of Tea that does a lot of trips to origin to purchase tea themselves. They're quite knowledgeable especially with Chinese tea. The only tea I'd drink in-house is the matcha - they serve the rest in paper cups, which I dislike. Harney is pretty good but made me one of the worst cups of matcha I've ever had.

      1. In the same area, you can go to both Empire Coffee and Tea and International Grocery. At the former you can buy either loose leaf or boxed teas of many varieties, and at the latter you can buy spices and grains in bulk. Both are along 9th avenue near Port Authority.
        Almost forgot: the best places for spice blends is La Boite a Epice, a small storefront on 11th avenue. ~40 different spice combinations, which are absolutely amazing. The owner develops a lot of the spice blends for some of the top restauranteurs in the city. Try the smoked cinnamon-you won't be disappointed.

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        Ninth Avenue International Foods
        543 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        La Boite a Epice
        724 11th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Empire Coffee & Tea
        568 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: orthorunner

          Orthorunner - where exactly on 11th Ave. is La Boite a Epice? Their website doesn't list an address. (The spice blends look amazing!)

          1. re: chefhound

            A tiny storefront between 51st and 52nd on the east side of the street. It is right next to Cybert Tire and Auto. It is only open during the week, though if you call ahead, Lior is often around on weekends so may be able to accommodate if that is an issue. He has biscuits made with the spices, too, which are similarly fantastic. I can't speak about his products highly enough, and he is super friendly to boot.

        2. Sullivan Street Tea and Spice Co has a respectable collection go spices and teas. they have a few spice blends and the Herb Provence blend is pretty good. It is located pretty much at the corner of Sullivan and Bleecker

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          Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Co.
          208 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: jester99

            Fang Gourmet Tea in Flushing, just a block away from the 7 stop. Nothing of the kind in Manhattan: at least not as long The Tea Gallery is closed for the "summer"- a long summer indeed. Quality-wise both places are not quite in the same league as their would-be competition, and not $-for-$ either.

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            The Tea Gallery
            21 Howard St, New York, NY 10013