AboutEating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.
Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.
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After telling my friend Devin that tea was one of my “life things” (as he later quoted), he suggested we meet for a tea party at Argo Tea. If you’re also a tea lover, you must check out this Chicago-based chain. Think Starbucks but only tea, and with a modern twist.
Many, many signature tea cocktails—fruity juices and rich, milky lattes—and even more loose teas. Too many to count! After careful consideration I went with the strawberry green tea, with hints of vanilla.
They brew the tea for you so it is perfectly seeped, and the cup comes sans tea bag. My tea wasn’t anything unusual, but it was a fun experience, the company seems to have a great mission, and the space is conducive for out-of-office working (quiet and free Wi-Fi!). If you want a super awesome concoction, don’t miss the seasonal ValenTea Passion drink. I had a sample and it was delish!
I’ve been dying to eat at Teany since forever, but something always got in the way. (Including the time two years ago when I showed up for dinner only to learn there was a fire there the nite before.) I’m a long-time fan of their Teanychino tea latte, but on Sunday I finally had a full feast.
The tiny 9-year-old cafe (owned by Moby) is bright and calming, and the menu is chock-full of vegetarian and vegan options. They also have 98 hot tea selections—total paradise! I love how Moby describes the concept on the website:
When we first had the idea to open teany we also decided that teany should focus on tea. The reason for this is that tea is healthy, tasty, fascinating, varied, and full of history. Not to mention the fact that we both thought that a small space filled with 96 canisters of tea from around the world just seemed like a cool idea.
The afternoon tea special sounds amazing—pot of tea, two tea sandwiches, scone with cream and jam, and cupcake or cookie; 22/pp or 38 for two—and is definitely my excuse for a return visit asap.
I feasted on the vegan warm ginger chicken salad (the chicken is soy-based) and a slice of vegan carrot cake that was so rich it didn’t taste vegan or healthy. Win!
I love the simplicity of the place and can’t wait to make this one of my new hangouts.
PS- Teany bottled teas are sold widely across the East Coast, and perhaps elsewhere? Check it out.
Hugs and Kisses green tea (served with rock candy stir stick), hamburger, smoked turkey club with raspberry jam on whole grain bread.
Sometimes you just need a healthy meal, but not necessarily one that tastes like it. Sanctuary T is the perfect place for that. The menu is chock full of organic and vegetarian fare (but also free range beef burgers), and an insane collection of loose leaf teas (I’m guessing somewhere close to 100 varieties). Although the tea is spendy ($10 for a 2 ounce canister), I love giving them as gifts, especially the New York-inspired flavors (SoHo Breakfast, SoHo Chai). The open wall space on trendy but peaceful lower West SoHo tops off the whole experience.
Blue Cheese and Tomato Quiche, from Tisserie.
One of my favorite take-out joints in the city. The giant Union Square location shut down a few years back, but a tiny little outpost opened (conveniently) a block from my office, on 7th Avenue and 55th Street.
My go-to sandwich: Turkey and gouda, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts with honey dijon mustard on a baguette.