Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nook and Crannies: Tea Rooms in NYC

Rose House
Ever wonder how little old Asian ladies can drink hot tea in the blazing summer heat? Neither can I, but maybe a warm cup of tea is good after being in a room with blizzard level A/C.

Not all Lolitas like tea, but this one does. I actually completely switch from coffee to tea, and it has been all for the better  (and becoming a slight borderline obsession for that perfect cup). Tea gives a nice steady caffeine boost unlike coffee which can leave you twitching for the next one.

Going out dressed in Lolita is like special treat, and so is taking the time to relax in a quiet corner with a pot of tea. This is extra special for New Yorkers who have the constant urge to always be on the move. Which is why I always enjoy when someone hosts a tea party.

Tea parties are grand, but intimate affairs for girls who are into Lolita fashion. It's mainly a chance to reunite with others and meet new people than sipping from fancy cups with noses pointed up.

As well as discover new haunts for good food and, of course, drink tea.

Here are some chill places to try if your hankering for a nice cup of tea (hot or iced) and equally good food. Oh, and don't forget to bring company!

Alice's Tea Cup

Chapter I
102 West 73rd Street

Chapter II
166 East 64th Street

Chapter III
220 East 81st Street

Bosies Tea Parlor (I highly recommend the Darjeeling Tart)
10 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014-4007

Cha-An (Asian)
230 E 9th St
New York, 10003

59 5th Ave # 1
New York, NY 10003-4349

Franchia (Asian, all vegetarian/vegan)
12 Park Ave
New York, NY 10016-4307

Harney & Sons
433 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013

Mariebelle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon
484 Broome Street
Manhattan, NY 10013

231 East 5th St # Southeast
New York, NY 10003-8597

Rose House
38-10 138th St
1st Fl
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 465-1670

Tea & Sympathy
108-110 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011

These are only a small number of places that revolve around tea. A site I strongly recommend is Teaguide and TeaMap, to find the nearest tea room or hotel that does tea service.

Is there any places you recommend for a spot of tea not listed? Please share, I always love finding a new place for tea. Perhaps one day we can have a cup of tea together!

1 comment:

  1. Yay thanks for this list! I think I've visited most of them. I really want to go back to Tea and Sympathy because of their delicious British food (no, really)... hard to find in this country.

    Even before getting into lolita fashion, I enjoyed tea, but it's definitely great to have a group of well-dressed people to go to tea parlors with. :)

    Also don't forget Lady Mendl's!