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Brew Masters

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


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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