Tea is one of those drinks that can go one of two ways. It can be the dull, predictable, factory prepared drink that can be purchased in any supermarket or deli. Or, it can be a unique, invigorating experience that opens your mind to the possibilities of the many varieties of flavors that only a true tea connoisseur can appreciate. When you feel the need for tea, here’s where you go:
Bellocq Tea Atelier
Set at the edge of Greepoint, Brooklyn, Bellocq Tea Atelier is located in a non- descript building on West Street. A visitor might not think much of it when passing by, but to walk in as a tea lover is an epiphany. The sight and smell of tea surrounds you. Displayed on the large table and shelves is an almost dizzying variety of teas to choose from.
Laid out in open canisters and small bowls containing samples of the tea, it is nearly impossible to choose which tea or teas to take home. The smell is intoxicating, alluring and absolute heaven for those who know how to appreciate a good cup of tea.
Bellocq Tea Atelier is located at 104 West Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Bosie Tea Parlor
Deep in the West Village, among the trendy stores and upscale apartments, sits a quiet tea shop. Bosie Tea Parlor may not have the size of other tea parlors. But what they lack in size, they make up for in quality. The tea menu ranges from basic black and green teas to a host of exotic, intoxicating teas that will happily force you to make a tough decision about your drink of choice.
Beyond the tea itself, Bosie Tea Parlor offers a full range of meals, from breakfast to dinner, from macarons for desert or a brief break from the world with a cup of tea and a scone. While it is small in stature, it roars and keeps inviting patrons back again and again.
Bosie Tea Parlor is located at 10 Morton Street in New York City.
Alice’s Tea Cup
Imagine if the world of Alice In Wonderland was brought to life. Instead of being served un-birthday cakes, you’re served tea, scones and a variety of larger meals to perfectly fill up your belly. With three locations to choose from in Manhattan, (102 West 73rd Street, 156 East 64th Street and 220 East 81st Street), Alice’s Tea Cup offers more than just tea. With a bit of whimsy and magic in the kitchen this spot is sure to leave you happy, full and eager to return for more.
Alice’s Tea Cup is located at 102 West 73rd Street, 156 East 64th Street and 220 East 81st Street in New York City.
To walk into Lady Mendls is akin to walking into an Edith Wharton- or a Henry James novel. Located in New York City’s Grammercy Park, it is a lovely reminder of another life and another time. While the menu, both tea and food is sure to please many a customer, what makes Lady Mendl’s stand out is the elegant atmosphere. It is as if you’re walking into the private salon of a grand dame of society circa 1850.
Lady Mendl’s is located at 56 Irving Place in New York City.