Best of New York: Tea Shop: 2012
McNulty's on Christopher St. takes the honors, followed by Sun's Organic and Kusmi Tea
McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co.
109 Christopher St., West Village; (212) 242-5351, McNultys.com
Walking into McNulty’s on Christopher St. is like taking a trip back in time. The scales that owner David Wong uses to measure out tea leaves and coffee beans are from the early 1900s. The 400 square feet of wooden floor tilt gradually to the east, as if in homage to the origin of the shop’s product. And the smell of coffee and jasmine almost overwhelms the senses. This is where real New York tea lovers have been going to get their fix since 1895. With over 100 different types of teas ($4-$32.50 per quarter-pound) and coffee beans ($10.60-$40 per pound) from 30 countries around the world, there’s something for everyone. Wong’s personal favorite is the Da Hong Pao, a smooth and complex tea leaf from the Fujian province of China. Come for the caffeine fix, but stay for the ambiance. This shop is truly one of New York City’s hidden gems.