Tea at Harney & Sons – NYC

Tea at Harney & Sons

Tea at Harney & Sons

I’ve become and avid tea drinker and my family knows I get cranky when I haven’t had my afternoon “cuppa.” What better way to experience¬†a city than to have tea somewhere?

Harney & Sons has a tasting room in SoHo. After a long day of visiting the 9/11 Museum, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I was fading fast. Fortunately, this location was close to a subway line.

Walls of tea tins flank the long, narrow shop. To the immediate left was a tasting area.

Tea tasting bar at Harney & Sons

Tea tasting bar at Harney & Sons

But I wanted to sit down. At the back of the store was the tea room. Once the hostess seated us, we ordered scones with clotted cream and hot tea. It was the perfect “pick-me-up” and it was all under $20.

Inside the tearoom area

Inside the tea room area

Various tea selections are available for purchase. If you’re in the area and you love tea, don’t miss this place. Learn more about Harney & Sons two NYC tasting rooms¬†here.IMG_0902

Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay!

Dr. Bombay!

Emergency! Emergency!

Come Right Away!

If you’re over the age of 30, you probably remember this chant from the TV show “Bewitched” which aired from 1964-1972 in prime time, and seems to always be on TV reruns.

Recently, I heard about Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party located in Atlanta near Candler Park. I had to see it for myself and I was not disappointed!

The inside was filled with wall to wall books and a large tea menu. Books and tea…my favorite combination.

The day I went they were offering pimiento and egg salad sandwiches, quiches and samosas. Since I never had heard of a samosa, I tried it. It’s a baked pastry filled with vegetables and served with a chutney sauce. My description is not doing it justice, but it delicious!

The tea menu was large with over a dozen black teas to choose from. They also had a large selection of rooibus, herbal and green teas, but I didn’t really look past the black teas. I chose the Gold Yunnan.

Additionally, Dr. Bombay’s sells coffee, pastries and ice cream.

The atmosphere is pre-WWI India when the British still ruled. Several people were chatting, while other customers had a laptop and were completely absorbed in their own world. The shelves were lined with books that they sell for only $1. All the proceeds go to The Learning Tea, which helps young women get an education in India. For more information visit www.drbombays.com.