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Brew Masters

In the darkest depths of winter, the tea ritual is one way to warm up an afternoon.

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1. Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
On January 19, the anachronistic Inn at Irving Place hosts a lunchtime lecture, “The History, Rituals, and Artistry of Afternoon Tea”; $75.
56 Irving Pl., nr. 17th St.; 212-533-4466

2. Carlyle
London’s Berkeley hotel brings its fashion-themed “Prêt-à-Portea” to town, Missoni-striped éclairs and all, just in time for Fashion Week, February 2–8; $33.
35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-570-7192

3. Cha-an
A peaceful new second-floor oasis serving full teas and artful Japanese snacks, like a lovely black-sesame crème brûlée.
230 E. 9th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-228-8030

4. McNally Robinson
Canadian upstart bookstore takes on Barnes & Noble with a tea-oriented alternative to the megachain’s Starbucks cafés.
52 Prince St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-274-1160

5. Podunk
Cardamom cake, sausage scones, and an enticing assortment of tea sets.
231 E. 5th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-677-7722

6. Teany
Moby’s vegetarian, 21st-century version of a hip Lower East Side tearoom.
90 Rivington St., nr. Orchard St.; 212-475-9190


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