Places

Tea Places: Harney and Sons SoHo

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a screening of The Meaning of Tea (a documentary I somehow neglected to review) at Harney and Sons’s tasting room in SoHo. I had been meaning to check it out and this event was a perfect excuse. I had a blast and got to meet several new and old tea friends including James Norwood Pratt, Michael Harney, Jason of Walker Tea Review, Alexis of Teaspoons & Petals and Caleb Brown of Calebrown.com.

The first thing that I noticed was how large the space is. I love a tea shop that isn’t crowded and cluttered. The second was the massive wall of tea tins. It’s so large that the staff need a tall rolling ladder just to reach them all! They had a small selection of teaware, including an adorable lizard topped yixing that took all of my willpower not to buy. I also loved that the staff was not pushy at all. I am a chronic circler and browser and they gave me all the space and time that I needed. After working up an appetite I took a seat at the bar in their tea lounge. Separated from the rest of the shop by bookcases it is a wonderful place to take a load off. I had a cup of sencha (which was delicious) and some pumpkin bread that was out of this world. If you ever in SoHo this place is definitely a must visit for any tea lover.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.