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Dec 2, 2012 05:32 AM

Tea shop in/near Nolita?

I recently stumbled upon a small shop selling lots of interesting teas (loose and in bags - not a cafe/tea room!) somewhere in or near Nolita. For the life of me, though, I can't remember what this store was called or what street it was on, although I'm pretty sure it was somewhere in the rectangle formed by Houston/the Bowery/Broome/Broadway (it might have been a few blocks beyond on any side). I also think it was on the west side of a north/south street. It had a punny/cutesy name of some kind, and was quite small. The teas weren't the store's own blends; they had a variety of different brands. No coffee, just tea. Anybody know what store I'm talking about? I'd like to go back and check out their selection again.

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  1. I don't think this is the same one because all the blends are their own, but it's right there and I think it's one of the best in Manhattan for variety and quality.

    Harney & Sons on Broome between Broadway and Crosby.

    Huge variety of teas and blends, they let you taste everything and there's a small bar in the back where you can drink your tea with some great warm scones with jam and clotted cream.

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    1. re: alepenazzi

      It's not the one, but I'm definitely a fan of Harney and Sons!

    2. I'm pretty sure you mean In Pursuit of Tea, on Crosby St, which unfortunately closed sometime this past year. They're San Francisco based and still sell online.

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      1. re: Peter Cuce

        Hmm - this sounds very close, but I was just at the one I'm looking for in October. Did In Pursuit of Tea close since then? Their online offerings look enticing, though.

      2. This is a few blocks west of the area you mentioned, but could it be Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company? 208 Sullivan St right above Bleecker St. Tiny shop, mostly tea stored in large jars against the wall. They also sell spices and scents.

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        1. re: kathyyl

          I don't think this is the one I was thinking of, but it sounds really interesting! I'll have to check it out sometime.

        2. There's a store which I think is called "The Tea Shoppe" or something similar, which could be the one you're thinking of. It's on Mulberry between Spring and Prince, just across the street from Balaboosta. It's very small and they sell tea bags and loose tea and some pots and cups, etc. I know they opened very recently, back in September or October -- when I walked in, the owner was still unpacking boxes and setting up but they were open for business.

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          1. re: misora

            I think this is it! Thanks for pointing me to it.

          2. Kanlo in Tribeca, on Harrison and Staple St., a tiny tea shoppe specializing in teas from Ceylon and Sri Lanka. They also sell tea accessories. It's kind of a hidden gem, worth checking out. 9 out of 10 people who live in Tribeca or NYC never heard of Staple St. Many films have used this little alley of a street to shoot.

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              This doesn't seem to be it, but it looks fascinating. I'm definitely adding to my list of tea shops to investigate.