The teas are directly sourced by founder Francois Xavier-Delmas from tea plantations throughout the world. Though they run a tea school in Paris, New Yorkers will have to content themselves with Le Palais des Thés’ two boutiques.
A more traditional, authentic experience; the tiny tea room is quiet and decor is a minimalist union of wooden furniture and calligraphy. The menu informs you of each tea’s regional origin & of the season in which the leaves were harvested.
Tea & Sympathy is quaint and unremarkable from the outside. Assorted teapots and British memorabilia line the interior walls; they also sell an assortment of British candy! The tea and scones are popular here, as is anything on the breakfast menu.
This casual, cash only Japanese tea room is notable for its tea, but also for its desserts. If youre not looking for anything sweet, then come here before 6 and grab a seat in this tiny St Marks Place hideout.