• Matcha,  Places

    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…

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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…