Coffee is the dominant choice for a hot morning drink in New York City, but it might be time for a tea-drenched revolution.
Tea has been revolutionary before -- let's not forget its role in the founding of our nation, after all -- but if you'd rather drink it than throw it into a harbor to decry paying taxes, you're in luck. The city is full of tea shops, even if they seem more like hidden gems in a coffee town.
Whether you want something a little classy (tea and crumpets, anyone?) or a quick place to stop for some tea on your way to work, New York has tea options for every taste.
Those with a weakness for green tea will feel right at home at Ippodo, where the staff can help you find your new favorite green tea, from savory to sweet to smoky. To go, grab a Koicha (thick matcha), Usucha (thin matcha), matcha soy latte, matcha almond latte, matcha slushy or more varieties of the powdered green tea. (125 E. 39th St., Manhattan, ippodo-tea.co.jp) (Credit: Ippodo )
If you'd prefer cozying up with a mug of steamy oolong rather than a frothy beer, this is your perfect happy hour spot. This tea shop offers tasting menus, communal tea drinking experiences, classes and recurring tea tasting competitions. Of course there are plenty of leaves to take home for your own blending and sipping enjoyment. (123 E. 7th St., Manhattan, tea-drunk.com) (Credit: Tea Drunk via Facebook )
A move from London to Greenpoint brought this upscale tea boutique to Brooklyn, creating the ultimate stop in relaxation just off the banks of the East River. Shop premium tea blends mixed in-house and pure teas as well as tea accessories just dainty enough for your tiny little New York kitchen. (104 West St., Brooklyn, bellocq.com) (Credit: BELLOCQ Tea Atelier via Facebook)
Recognizable by its chic tea tins sold in cafes around the city, Harney & Sons sells upscale tea in a casual environment. Sit in the back to relax and sip a tea flight or sample a few complimentary cups of tea in the shop to choose the tin you want to take home. (433 Broome St., Manhattan) harney.com (Credit: Harney & Sons SoHo )
DAVIDs lures in customers with daily free tea samples and keeps you in the shop with hundreds of varieties of tea for sniffing and sipping. Make your barista your tea concierge as you narrow down your favorite flavors and caffeine levels to brew the perfect cup. For tea newbies, playful flavors like Gingerbread Cookie and Banana Nut Bread are fun sippable intros into the world of tea. (275 Bleecker St., 688 Ave. of the Americas, 1124 Third Ave., Manhattan; 234 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, davidstea.com) (Credit: DAVIDsTea )
Welcome to this East-meets-West apothecary, where healing herbs like ginseng and metropolitan delights like powdered creamer meet. Ten Ren, which translates to "Heavenly Love" from Chinese, serves up some of the best bubble tea in the city, along with potent cups of steaming herbal teas and plenty of dried leaves to take home. (73 Mott St., Manhattan and 135-18 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, tenrenusa.com) (Credit: Ten Ren's Tea and Ginseng Co.)