"New York is a city steeped in love for coffee, but for some folks, java just isn't their cup of tea." This is Lilit Marcus's opening sentence for his WSJ article on tea shops and cafes in the city. The article contrasted tea rooms and shops with more formal afternoon tea experiences at city hotels. I have not been to many of the latter in New York. Palais des Thés, Teavana, Press Tea, and Bellocq Atelier were mentioned. I Frenched my day at Palais des Thes and enjoyed afternoon tea at Press Tea. A visit to Bellocq Atelier is on my bucket list. For the time being, I follow their Instagram account.
The Times also reported on the NYC tea scene recently, but only profiled one tea room. Have you watched the video of a tea lesson by Timothy Hsu of The Mandarin's Tea Room? I took a lesson with Timothy (thanks, Jee) and it will be the subject of my next review -- stay tuned.
Which tea places did the WSJ and the Times miss in their profiles?