Not so many years ago, everywhere you looked in New York City, there was a new café popping up. How much coffee does one city need? Interestingly though, they all manage to stay busy. Well, times sure have changed! As the population in general shifts to a healthier lifestyle, with better food choices, yoga and meditation, teas has become the rage. Unless you actually visit a tea house, you can’t truly appreciate how extensive the collection is from flowering varieties to free trade options. If you are calling NYC movers to relocate to the area, get very excited; you are about to enter the world of tea houses!
- Cha-an – One of the main reasons people head over to the East Village is to visit this tea house. It offers a cozy atmosphere, and scones are literally made to order! Check your diet at the door; you can’t come here and only drink tea when someone at the next table over is eating Black Sesame Crème Brule.
- Tea Lounge – The minute you walk in the door, you will understand why this place is called a lounge. It is filled with comfortable sofas and chairs to relax in. Of course, there are tables and chairs too where you can set up your laptop and make use of their Wi-Fi. They have a nice variety of teas, including herbal and organic. Their fruit blends are pretty delicious as well!
- Bosie Tea Parlor – This Queens tea parlor is primarily known for their macaroons. Plan on eating at least one and ordering some to take home. They offer teas from estates that practice eco-sustainable and organic farming methods and honor fair labor standards.
- Ten Ren Tea Time – The selection of tea houses in Staten Island is slim pickings, but this is one that is in Chinatown, right by the Staten Island ferry. They even make milk tea that they use real leaves to create. They have just about every flavor you could want, including flowering varieties, and everything is for sale to also take home with you.
- Radiance Tea House and Books – This venue is decorated just like a Chinese teahouse. There are tables in most of it, but one corner is full of books to enjoy. They have separate menus for hot, cold, herbal and radiance wellness teas. You may also want to order an Afternoon Tea Package to sample both savory and sweet foods to complement your tea.
- Alice’s Tea Cup – If you are a vegan, you will want to flock to the Upper West Side for tea because Alice’s Tea Cup has vegan goodies like berry scones! They have a little over 100 types of tea to choose from. Be warned though, this teahouse is often packed, especially on weekends.
- One Girl Cookies – This is a hidden gem in Brooklyn. While they have an extensive list of teas, it is their cookies that are the main attraction. Their Spiky Red Velvet Cake is a must-try too, with super thick and sugary frosting!
- Lady Mendi’s Tea Salon – The fact that this tea room is in Gramercy should tell you it is upscale and more expensive than some other selections, but so well worth it. The new trend is having a birthday or anniversary tea party, and this is the preferred place to go for a stylish event.