New York City’s Best Tea Houses
November 25, 2021 | 4 min Read
When November temperatures dip and the sky turns shades of grey, there’s nothing quite like a hot cup of tea and maybe a sweet to lift the spirit. Here’s our short list of New York City’s top teahouses.
Bosie Tea Parlor
This West Village oasis is a perfect stop off for an afternoon tea experience. A store front coffee shop leads to a larger restaurant and bar with a delectable parlor is hidden at the back of the restaurant. Staying true to its roots as a proper tea house, Bosie Tea Parlor offers over 80 loose-leaf teas to choose from. Bosie Tea Parlor is renowned for its traditional afternoon tea service with sandwiches, canapes, macarons and pastries from award winning pastry chef, Damien Herrgott. Immune to the typical layers of pink and frills, Bosie Tea Parlor prides itself in being a space that is equally as comfortable for men as it is for women.
506 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
Alice’s Tea Cup
Founded by sisters Haley and Lauren Fox, Alice’s Tea Cup is a gem of a tea house. Walk into a rabbit hole that winds its way into a dining room with whimsical wallpaper, quaint tea cups and no shortage of Alice in Wonderland artwork. The space is welcoming both for adults and children and has a full menu as well as delicious tea snacks such as sandwiches and scones. They offer hundreds of teas to choose from, making Alice’s Tea Cup an engaging respite from the chilly winter days.
Kettl Tea operates in a minimalist space that hovers a flight above the Japanese Restaurant Okonomi in Williamsburg. While it’s primarily a retail space— owner, Zach Mangan focuses on importing Japanese grown teas that aren’t usually available outside of Japan— visitors are welcome to try one of over 30 teas on hand. Kettl offers a tasting experience of unique teas that can’t be found elsewhere and are bound to impress both the tea novice and seasoned aficionado. In addition to more well-known teas such as sencha, gyokuro, and matcha, Mangan has also brought in unique and rare single varietal teas through his many years building relationships with tea growers in Japan. All teas are refrigerated to ensure their freshness. Kettl’s selection of teaware, is composed of top quality ceramics from local artisans as well as Japanese craftsmen.
70 Greenpoint Avenue Floor 1
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tea and Sympathy
This distinctively British tea house has been bringing the idiosyncratic charm of the UK to New York since 1990. While the cheery space also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea is always available to enjoy. Tea and Sympathy offers a popular ‘afternoon tea for one’ with finger foods, and cakes plus a pot of tea, making it the perfect stop off. An adjoining shop sells a wide variety of imported British treats.
108 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011, USA
T shop is a perfect place to relax after an afternoon of shopping in SoHo. The long, corridor-shaped shop with its intimate tables is the brainchild of Theresa Wong, one of New York City’s leading authorities on East Asian tea and Hyun Lee, who is also both knowledgeable and passionate about tea culture. T Shop delivers some of the city’s best teas from China, Taiwan and Korea. At T Shop, guests can brew their own teapot or gaiwan, a traditional Chinese tea brewing cup, or opt to do a guided tasting. Employees are happy to share their tea knowledge with regulars and newbies alike.
247 Elizabeth Street, Rear Store
New York, NY 10012
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