This is not a tea room, but rather, a tea shop with a tea counter and a cozy sitting area. They make a specific tea and coffee as samples each day and will brew up a cup or pot of anything from their extensive tea selection. This is a wonderful way to sample some high quality and rare teas or simply broaden one's horizon a bit. No food is available. All coffee, tea and drinking chocolate beverages can be made to go. The owners are always available to offer their expertise and their well trained staff can offer knowledgeable suggestions on tea choices and preparation. They carry an impressive selection of Mariage Frères Teas (both loose and teabags)and an eclectic selection cups, pots and accessories along with fine chocolates and coffees. If you need a whisk for a Japanese tea ceremony, a classic English tea pot or bone china cup, they have it along side electric kettles, coffee grinders or Leonides Belgium chocolates. Classes are offered in tea etiquette and other tea, coffee and chocolate related activities. Tasting and equipment demonstrations are frequently presented on Saturdays. Sit at the tea bar if you want to meet people and glean some knowledge about the teas. The sofa is the place for you to curl up and relax with their ever present copies of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or culinary publications or if you want to gossip with a couple friends. The atmosphere is always relaxed, the staff friendly and even the customers can be interesting. If you are looking for afternoon tea with scones, this is not the place. If you are looking for an excellent cup of tea, variety, knowledge and the sense of community you rarely find in a shop these days than the Cultured Cup is well worth your time.