As every Brit in New York is learning, the tea center of Manhattan is now Harney’s in Soho, where you can pause to eat cake and drink tea at the appointed hour in the afternoon (4pm) when you refueled in childhood out on the lawn under the oak tree in the summer sun, with cucumber sandwiches included in the spirit of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Of course only artists and freelance writers and the unemployed have time to join tourists and the idle rich in that supreme conversational relaxation at one of Harney’s six tables, so it might be necessary to buy and take home one of the 250 or so varieties of choice at a company which has achieved the impossible, to serve or sell tea that competes with Fortnum and Masons in the old days right here in the nation most addicted to coffee to date, but whose resistance to tea is crumbling month by month as the Mayo Clinic research on green tea dissolving lymphomas revealed so far only in Science Guardian slowly seeps into the public consciousness.What tea should the unenlightened newcomer select? If it’s available, they should choose the Special English Breakfast blend which was prepared originally for St Georges Society, the century old club for those who appreciate the values of the English, the rest of the UK, and the Commonwealth, which resulted in their ruling nation’s command of the top of the mountain of tea expertise and appreciation.
Address: 433 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Hours: Open today · 11:30AM–6:30PM
Phone: (212) 933-4853