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    Tea Places: Matcha Cafe Wabi

    When +Jo J  let me know that a new matcha bar had opened in Manhattan, we immediately decided to check it out. Neither of us are very good navigators but we didn’t have much trouble finding it. The staff behind the counter greeted us warmly as soon as we entered. The space was small but welcoming. There was no seating so it definitely felt like more of a “to go” spot. The menu featured matcha shots and lattes as well as espresso. Contrary to expectations, there was no food served other than a matcha Rice Crispy confection.We both opted for a shot of usucha, which was fairly well priced at $2.50. I expected to…


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    Tea Places: MatchaBar

    You all know how much I love matcha so I was really excited when I heard about MatchaBar, Brooklyn’s newest tea spot. I spent a great Sunday afternoon there with the NYC Tea Social Meetup last month. The staff greeted us warmly and explained how their drinks work. They had everything from matcha shots to lattes and fruity specialty drinks. I opted for a matcha chai latte because the unusual combination intrigued me. It was somewhat spicy but the matcha definitely dominated. MatchaBar was kind enough to give us a private area in their office since we had a larger group. We shared a nice spread of mostly matcha themed sweets. All of them…

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    Tea Places: T Shop

    It seems that SoHo has become tea central in New York City. This neighborhood is home to some of my favorite haunts such as Harney & Son’s and Palais de Thes. When a friend told me about T Shop, a new spot that just opened on Elizabeth Street, I just had to check them out. It was a bit hard to find, but I recognized the psychic sign (a separate business) on the door from their Instagram. At the end of a long hallway, I walked through the glass door and was immediately transported. The space was incredibly quiet and serene. One of the owners, Theresa, and another patron were the only two…

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    Tea Places: Laughing Man Coffee & Tea – North End Avenue

    +Laughing Man Coffee & Tea has been on my wish list for some time. For those of you who don’t know, +Hugh Jackman is one of the founders. I finally got a chance to visit since I’ve started taking the ferry to work on weekends. Although there was not a huge selection, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offered about twelve different loose leaf teas. It was a rather warm day I wanted something light and refreshing. Bai Mu Dan sounded like it would hit the spot so I ordered a cup of that along with a raisin scone. The staff was a bit harried but friendly. I must say that I think they…

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    Tea Places: Teavana – Newport Mall, Jersey City

    It’s been a long time since I had a tea place to write about in New Jersey. Where’s the tea love New Jersey? I live in a veritable tea desert so I was excited to see that my local mall would be getting a Teavana. Even if you aren’t a fan, something is better than nothing in my book. They had literally just opened the day before my visit so things were still crowded and a bit flustered. Unfortunately the staff seemed to have been trained under the “old” regime because pushy sales tactics were spotted over and over again. I also overheard a staff member tell a customer that a Chinese and…

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    Tea Places: The Tea Shoppe

    The Tea Shoppe popped up on my radar when I was scouring FourSquare for places to add to my Tea in NYC list. I happened to be wandering around Nolita a bit before work so I grabbed the opportunity to stop in. Overall I thought that this place was very cute and well organized. They had many different brands of tea that I am familiar with and even some that I had not heard of. Rishi, Adagio and Elmwood Teas were among those spotted. They had a pretty large teaware collection most of which was priced very fairly. I’ll be making it a point to check back to see if any teacups catch…