Places

Tea Places: Chalait

It seems like NYC is the place to be for matcha these days. +Chalait is the third matcha bar to open up in the last year. While there’s some danger of the market becoming overcrowded, I love that all of these places are introducing people to tea. In addition to matcha they offer espresso and a menu of bites and sandwiches. The first time that I visited the shop was very crowded. I grabbed a shot rather quickly. Served in a tiny espresso cup, it was a bit of a different experience than the one that I had at Matcha Cafe Wabi. I was excited to see that their loose leaf is supplied by In Pursuit of Tea.

On my second visit I was with some tea friends and it was a much more relaxed experience. We got seats at their sunny window and it was a great place for people watching. This time I went with the matcha americano and a matcha croissant. Holy cow was that delicious! I loved the combination of matcha cream with the raspberries. It’s something I’ll definitely have to try replicating at home. The americano basically tasted exactly like the shot but in a bigger service size. I’ll probably order that in the future, especially if I’m eating a flaky pastry.

You can find out more about Chalait here.

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.