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Viewshound Article: Tea Spots in NYC

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Here is my article on places to grab a cup of tea in NYC.

Viewshound Tea Article

(Please note Viewshound’s website was closed in January of 2012, the link no longer works, but you can read the article as it appeared below)

Ten great spots to have a cup of tea in NYC

New York City has many unique restaurants and cafes that cater to tea lovers. Here are ten of the best.

By Paula Rosenberg – Thursday 03 Nov 2011

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Admittedly I am a coffee gal and can’t start my morning with out a cup of Joe. However, I also have quite an affinity for tea. I’m fortunate enough to live in NYC so I am surrounded by a number of unique tea houses. New York has a plethora of options that fit any tea connoisseur’s palate and budget. So whether you are a tourist or a local, here are ten great places to grab a pot of tea in the Big Apple.

1. Alice’s Tea Cup (Upper West Side and Upper East Side): This is the perfect place to let your inner child come out to play. Alice’s Tea Cup is a wonderland of whimsical décor and tasty treats. They do serve breakfast and lunch, but the best thing to get at Alice’s is a pot of tea and a scone. They boast an impressive tea menu with dozens of varieties and the scones are baked fresh and come with cream and jam. You’ll be as happy as a Mad Hatter by the time you leave. Alice’s Tea Cup

2. Birch Coffee (Flatiron): Make no mistake, just because coffee is in their title doesn’t mean this isn’t also a great place to grab a cup of tea. Located in the Gershwin hotel, Birch has a vibe that is much more charming than your local Starbucks’. You can take your tea upstairs and enjoy it in the spacious “library” where if you forgot your own book, you can pick up one of the many reads on their shelves. Birch Coffee

3. Crosby Street Hotel (SoHo): This downtown hotel plays host to afternoon teas daily. You can choose from the traditional sandwiches and sweets with tea or enjoy an assortment of fresh fruits with your pot. Firmdale Hotels

4. Hanco’s (Brooklyn: Park Slope and Boroum Hill): If you want an outer borough experience, Hanco’s is a great choice. Their specialty is Bubble Tea and they’re also known for their tasty Vietnamese sandwiches. The atmosphere is chill and they have free wi-fi. Hanco

5. In Pursuit of Tea (SoHo): Among the art galleries and luxury brand stores of SoHo is this unassuming little shop. Their tea menu rotates frequently. The store offers periodic classes and tea tasting. This is a great place to grab a cup to go and fuel up in the middle of a shopping spree. In Pursuit of Tea

6. Lady Mendel’s Tea Salon (Gramercy Park): Lady Mendel’s exclusively serves afternoon tea. If you want to partake in their five course menu, you’ll have to make a reservation in advance, they do not take walk-ins. They also offer packages for showers and intimate weddings. The Inn at Irving Place

7. The Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court (Midtown): This is something every tea lover should experience at least once in his/her life. High Tea at the Palm Court is a New York institution. It is also immortalized in Kay Thompson’s classic children’s book, “Eloise”. This trip is a splurge, but one that is well worth it. You will feel positively elegant as you nibble on cucumber sandwiches and sip Earl Grey. Fairmont Hotels

8. Radiance Tea House and Books (Midtown): It is hard to believe that this tranquil oasis is nestled in the heart of bustling midtown. Radiance has everything from traditional black and green teas to premium wellness teas. It is a great spot for lunch or dinner too and if you really want to impress your friends you can book private tea ceremonies. Their gift store has a great assortment of books, loose leaf teas, and silk tops and kimonos. Radiance Tea

9. Tea Magic (Morningside Heights): Nestled near Columbia University, this is a great place to grab a tea on your way to the park or grab a table and enjoy some of their steamed dumplings. They have milk tea which you can order hot or cold and with or without bubbles. Their lavender milk tea is sheer bliss. (No Website)

10. Tea and Sympathy (Greenwich Village): This English restaurant serves traditional British dishes such as Welsh rarebit, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. They also are a great place to enjoy a spot of tea with your chaps. Check out their gift store to stock up on tea for your home or on royal family paraphernalia. Tea and Sympathy

Article category: USA
Article tags: milk tea, bubble tea, high tea, afternoon tea, tea houses, tea, nyc
Disclaimer: the views of the author are not those of ViewsHound or Publisha Limited.
Copyright © Paula Rosenberg, all rights reserved.
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Written by paularosenberg

November 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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