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433 Broome St. “Harney & Sons”

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I was walking around Soho and found this jewel of a tea shop on Broome off of Broadway.  Located in an old loft building, the decor was hip, almost too sleek for a place selling just tea.  I immediately had a flashback to a tea shop I used to visit constantly when I was in college called “Symphathy for the kettle” on 109 St. Mark’s Place. It was my all-time favorite place to order a pot of tea and cram for finals. You could stay for hours nursing a single pot. Unfortunately it closed down a little while ago and I sure do miss it. I’m rarely in the East Village anymore, but when I do make it downtown, I feel I need to find something to take its place. The only similarity between the two tea shops are the tin cans that are used to store the loose teas. Sympathy for the Kettle was just such an intimate unique place, a little dingy, like an old pair of jeans with holes in all the right places. I worry I’ll never find another like it 😦  In the mean time, Harney & Sons sells very reasonably priced teas and has a little cafe in the back, perfect for trying out some exotic flavors before you commit to buying. I suppose this will be my new favorite tea shop, unless Sympathy for the Kettle decides to reopen.


Written by agnesbstanton

May 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Posted in Attractions, Soho