- Ito En
822 Madison Avenue, near 69th Street, 212-988-7111
Leave it to Ito En, the largest supplier of green tea in the world, to open the most beautiful tea shop in town. Seventy-five varieties of black, green, white, and herbal tea from India, China, and Sri Lanka are for sale. Check out the flowering teas that come with chrysanthemum blossoms, which open when brewed, adding a mild floral flavor as well as a beautiful visual effect. Each day, you can sample different offerings from the hand-carved cherry-wood tasting bar, and don’t miss the accompanying crunchy, chocolate-covered almonds dusted in green-tea powder. You won’t be able to leave without a little bag of them..
Best Tea Shop
- Photo by Gideon Lewin
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).