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#1 porkwah

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 09:46 PM

we might have a topic for this, but i've no good way to search for it.

i'm looking for a good tea store, preferably new york, one that has recent teas as they come in season.

in montreal i happened into camella sinensis (http://camellia-sinensis.com/tea/) which is excellent, and they mail order, but tasting online is inconvenient.

man, i need a headache


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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:15 PM

there are a few in the village but i haven't shopped them. mcnulty's in christopher street is long established but i don't know if they offer tastings. tsalon has tastings but i don't know how their tea is. there must be some poseur tea shop in the slope

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:17 PM

I'm not sure if I can recommend Amanzi Tea on Chambers Street. On the plus side, iirc you can taste anything they have in the store. On the minus, they seem to focus a lot of flavored teas, tisanes, etc. And I don't know how seasonal the real teas selections are.

But if you're ever nearby, you might try them. They do have terrific packaging. ninja.gif

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:23 PM

What's Oren's like these days? Not been in one of them for around 15 years, but they seemed to have a wide variety of teas.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:33 PM

QUOTE(splinky @ Jan 10 2010, 05:15 PM) View Post
there are a few in the village but i haven't shopped them. mcnulty's in christopher street is long established but i don't know if they offer tastings. tsalon has tastings but i don't know how their tea is. there must be some poseur tea shop in the slope

McNulty's has gone downhill, tea-wise, over the years, but you can still find some gems there.

T Salon has had excellent product in the past & used to fit these criteria: "a good tea store, preferably new york, one that has recent teas as they come in season." They tend to be on the pricey side but I've never been disappointed in the quality of their teas. At least, that was the case when their shop was just off 5th Ave in the lower 20s; I haven't been to them since they moved to Chelsea Market.

Ooch, I just checked their website. They seem to have gone more towards the flavored teas & no longer carry any Ceylon teas, which I think is just wrong.

Ten Ren in Chinatown is killer if you're into Chinese teas.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 10:38 PM

QUOTE(splinky @ Jan 10 2010, 05:15 PM) View Post
there are a few in the village but i haven't shopped them. mcnulty's in christopher street is long established but i don't know if they offer tastings. tsalon has tastings but i don't know how their tea is. there must be some poseur tea shop in the slope


What about Leaf and Bean in the Heights?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:41 PM

How about this place in Chinatown?

0ops, I see that it has already been mentioned.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:16 AM

QUOTE(Suzanne F @ Jan 10 2010, 05:38 PM) View Post
QUOTE(splinky @ Jan 10 2010, 05:15 PM) View Post
there are a few in the village but i haven't shopped them. mcnulty's in christopher street is long established but i don't know if they offer tastings. tsalon has tastings but i don't know how their tea is. there must be some poseur tea shop in the slope


What about Leaf and Bean in the Heights?

feh!

“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
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#9 Suzanne F

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:10 AM

QUOTE(splinky @ Jan 10 2010, 07:16 PM) View Post
QUOTE(Suzanne F @ Jan 10 2010, 05:38 PM) View Post
QUOTE(splinky @ Jan 10 2010, 05:15 PM) View Post
there are a few in the village but i haven't shopped them. mcnulty's in christopher street is long established but i don't know if they offer tastings. tsalon has tastings but i don't know how their tea is. there must be some poseur tea shop in the slope


What about Leaf and Bean in the Heights?

feh!


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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:33 AM

Ito En

I think I saw that Katagiri grinds their own matcha

T Salon has some nice fruity stuff. I think the real teas are ok, but priced to kill.

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http://www.inpursuitoftea.com/ for expensive but very good stuff by mail order.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:57 AM

What do you mean by "...recent teas, as they come in season..."?
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#12 lovelynugget

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:03 AM

For Chinese teas, without a doubt, The Tea Gallery on Allen St.
For Japanese teas, Ito En (as per Orik)
For Korean teas, Franchia


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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:38 AM

QUOTE(lovelynugget @ Jan 11 2010, 12:03 AM) View Post
For Chinese teas, without a doubt, The Tea Gallery on Allen St.
For Japanese teas, Ito En (as per Orik)
For Korean teas, Franchia

i always forget about franchia.

“One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no!', I said, 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.”
~Jack Handey

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:24 PM

Tea and Honey, a new shop in Grand Central Terminal, has a large if pricey selection. There's also a new tearom opening later this month on Morton Street, but I don't know if they're going to have packaged teas for sale.
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Posted 26 March 2010 - 04:31 PM

Both Takashimaya and Ito En shops in NY are closing. sad.gif