January 22, 2015
Tea Shop - Cha Lait
If you live in New York and are a fan of matcha, you've probably heard of Chalait. The matcha cafe, which also serves loose leaf teas, coffee, and sandwiches, is owned by Michelle Gardner and Ramon Puyani. Recently I got an unexpected hour to myself in the afternoon so went to Chalait for lunch and tea.
I am a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches. The cafe's version is The Toastie, two cheeses plus tomato on toast. It was served with pickles. Both were very good.
Given that Chalait is a matcha cafe, I ordered a matcha drink. A shot of everyday grade. I finished it before my sandwich arrived. The shot was what I needed in terms of caffeine and I liked how it tasted. However, the shot stood in contrast to the "sweet matcha" I've been using in my matcha lattes! (I've been using Rishi's Sweet Matcha.)
I'd like to try the Chalait version of the PB & J. And as a chocolate lover, the nutella baguette and matcha hot chocolate are calling my name.
Chalait is located at 224 West Fourth near Christopher Street, right around the way from another sweet spot, Big Gay Ice Cream.
Additional media coverage of Chalait
Matcha Is the Next Big Thing in Tea [Yahoo Food]
$10 Piece of Toast on Sale at West Village Cafe [DNAinfo]
Manhattanites Can Now Go Sip Matcha Tea at the West Village's Chalait [The Village Voice]
Caffeine in 2015: Here's What to Expect in NYC Coffee and Tea Shops This Year [The Village Voice]