Not a tea lounge, but a shop where you go to buy loose tea, so the 'artistry of preparation' rating makes no sense. I try to stop in whenever I'm in lower Manhattan. They're my sole supplier for gyokuro. Cheerful, knowledgeable gentlemen, and a truly dizzying variety of teas and infusable herbs. They always seem to have jasmine pearls in stock, even when Adagio doesn't!
The owner is the most charming girl on earth. Her mother is a grand master of the Japanese tea ceremony, so tea is in her blood, so to speak. I only know this because they hosted a demonstration of the complete tea ceremony once - what an amazing ritual! The variety of teas they have available is easily on a par with any hip, urban tea lounge in any real city, like NY, San Francisco, etc.... It's an astounding thing to find in Syracuse, and should be considered a valuable local resource. I try to stop in whenever I'm in town. Where else can I get a cup of Silver Needle this far upstate?
Thank you for participating in the ceremony. We had fun too. And also thank you for your lovely comment. Any comments means a lot to us and keep us going. We're glad that you enjoy the time at roji. TM