WHERE: 29b Teahouse, New York
This premium establishment was conceived by Tea Dealers, one of the few purveyors of pure non-blended roast teas in America. For those who are looking for an interlude between the exciting attractions and iconic museums in the bustling city, 29b Teahouse’s ceramic-lined space can be a modern sanctuary of calm and comfort, complete with a tasting room where you can pair their curated line-up of premium teas with food items from their menu.
Their Ochazuke – our go-to recommendation – makes for a light, spirit-lifting meal for the tired traveller. It is a humble tea-dish featuring soy-and-wasabi-cured fish, vegetables, and ume on top of short-grain white rice, complemented with a pour of smoky Hojicha on it.
DRINK: Charcoal roasted Taiwanese Oolongs, Matcha-beer
On the drinks menu, their roster of teas evolves with owner Stefen Ramirez’s recent travels to the different tea producing countries in Asia. So expect your senses to be taken to new places every time you visit – from the smooth charcoal roasted oolongs from Taiwan to the rare Korean black tea balhyo.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to try something different, order one of their newfangled tea-booze that has been making rounds on Instagram – an unexpected alliance between earthy matcha and the sweetness of rice-based Koshihikari beer.
Address: 29 Ave B NY, NY 10009
Hours of Operation: Mon – Sat 1PM – 11PM and Sun 2PM – 8PM