Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 11am-7pm
F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
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Alan Ceppos and Frederic Rambaud, owners of the popular gift shop Pylones, developed an interest in honey after they began keeping bees at their Long Island farm in 2001. Eight years later they decided to pair honey with its liquid soul mate and open up a tea store. The first location was in Grand Central, but in September 2010 they relocated to this tiny storefront on the Upper East Side, where they sell high-quality teas and raw unfiltered honey (from their Southampton farm, among other places). They also have some of the accessories one might need to enjoy the two together—honeycomb shelving made from salvaged wood displays teapots and teacups of all styles (even vintage sets), along with beeswax candles and honey lollipops. As far as the teas, there are over 100 types available, including varieties from Terre d’Oc, whose teas are sold nowhere else in the United States, and Le Palais de Thés. Since offerings rotate depending on the season, keep an eye out for extremely rare Turkish teas or a variety of honey that is available only four years every decade.Sweet Deal
Honey enthusiasts will be in heaven with over 30 different types of raw, unfiltered honeys from small farms around the world. There are rare varieties like sage and tupelo honey along with whipped honey from France and the shop owners’ own (local) brand, Hamptons Honey. The best part? You can sample them all.