While "professional" is not usually a word used to describe tea places, in this case it is extremely apt. From the shop space that features a wall of tea and a few teas set out for complimentary tastings, to the cafe with its extensive menu featuring descriptions of flavor for each tea, this place is the real deal for serious tea aficionados. In addition to the tea, the store often has great offerings for teaware and greeting cards, and the cafe includes tea-infused treats ranging from cheeses to ice cream that makes a delectable feast for the palate. The dark wood decor is neither too formal nor too casual. If your heart is set on tea and not on either a particularly fancy or a particularly cozy place to hang out, it's just right.
A delightful little tea place on the lower east side, Physical Graffiti has a wonderful selection of tea and very knowledgeable staff. While especially recommended for its medicinal herbal teas, there is plenty to enjoy whatever your preferences. Tiny tea hourglasses to measure brewing time are provided and add a unique and memorable aspect to the experience. However, it is important to note that there are no bathrooms for customer use, so you may have to limit your tea intake.