WEEKEND IN NEW YORK | MANHATTAN TEAHOUSES
You don’t have to actually drink your tea on the spot, of course; there are plenty of shops to buy loose tea, and they range from elegant (like Ito En on Madison Avenue at 69th Street) to tiny and old fashioned (like McNulty’s in Greenwich Village).
In 1980, David Wong and his dad, Wing, purchased McNulty’s from David’s brother’s employers. They continued to run the business from its original storefront location while adding a very strong mail order division. Still very much a family business, it is particularly satisfying to the Wongs to recognize secondand third-generation customers buying their teas and coffee at McNulty’s from as far back as the 1920’s and 1930’s.