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    Tea Places: Grounded

    New York City seems to have had a boom in new tea places as well as coffee places that are now serving tea. One place I have been meaning to check out is Grounded, a coffee and tea house in the West Village. The shop was cute and eclectic with chalk board menus and mustachioed baristas. I was impressed with the size and depth of the tea menu. Spotted among some of the more typical offerings were rare treats like Darjeeling white tea and Lapsang Souchong. Although the line was long it moved quickly and without much fuss. There weren’t any seats available and I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t be late…


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    Tea Places: Birch Coffee – 7th Avenue

    So…I went to a coffee shop. Gasp! Don’t worry, I stopped in because rumor had it that Birch Coffee serves up loose leaf tea. I probably shouldn’t have started with their smallest location but I wasn’t familiar with this new chain at all. They have three locations in Manhattan and I definitely plan on visiting them. The tea menu was small and basic so I went with the “Green Dew. Other offerings included a black tea, white and and several herbals. Although the shop was small and fairly crowded I was lucky enough to get a table. The cup my tea was served in was positively giant. It was loose leaf and the…

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    Tea Places: Podunk

    The other day I stumbled upon a tea place that has been on my to do list for a while. I didn’t have a ton of time since I was on my way to work but it was nice to sit and grab a bite to eat. The decor was an eclectic mix that I can only describe it as a grandmother’s kitchen crossed with a charming country antique store. The space is pretty small so it wouldn’t be good for large groups but solo dinners or couples wouldn’t have a problem. For such a tiny place, it had a very decent sized menu. There were a lot of choices that sounded delicious…

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    Tea Places: Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar

    +Teavana has just recently opened a brand new concept store on Madison and 85th street in New York City. There’s been a lot of buzz about it online so I was really excited to have the opportunity to attend the preview event this past Wednesday. I’ve also seen a lot skepticism but I feel that the company has been moving in the right direction since being acquired by Starbucks. The moment that I stepped through the doors I knew that this was going to be a very different experience. The space was large, modern and inviting. There were lots of little details that you may not see upon first glance, like the tubes of…

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    Tea Places: Tea Drunk

    Nestled on an eclectic block in the East Village you will find Tea Drunk, a brand new tea house with a mission to introduce New York City to true Chinese tea culture. The whole shop is beautifully appointed in bamboo and bright white place settings. Each table is equipped with a draining tea tray, gaiwan, fairness pitcher, strainer and cups. Customers are welcome to peruse the shelves of teaware, take a seat at the tea bar or to share a “pao” of tea with friends. Cups to go of select teas are sold here as well as loose leaf tea by the ounce. The owner, Shunan, is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She sourced all…

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    Tea Places: Alice’s Teacup – Chapter I

    Alice’s Teacup (all three locations) has been on my to do list for a long time. Just recently I had the good fortune of working down the block from Chapter I on West 73rd Street so I made it a point to stop in. The wait for a table was a bit longer than I was able to commit to so I opted for a cup of tea and scone to go instead of eating in. Fall always finds me in a Darjeeling mood so I ordered Margaret’s Hope along with a buttermilk scone. The staff was friendly but a bit harried as they had a whole dining room to attend to. I…