Harney & Sons Soho
433 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
Website: http://www.harney.com/ and http://harneysoho.blogspot.com/
This was the second stop on our visit to Manhattan, following sushi. We were not spending long so I was keeping each stop short. I also knew the boys were not going to be as excited about the tea as I was. Here MilitiaJim and I met up with two of his friends.
When I walked in there were fabulously high ceilings, teapots and art to my right with a cooler of ready made iced teas, a register station to the left, in front of me to the left a wall of tea - a HUGE wall of tea, in front of me to the right was a wall of tea. Fabulous!
Overall the store was skinny and long. There was enough room for the current customers, but I did have to detour around the two small tables they had between the two walls of tea at various points to dodge customers.
After the walls of tea were two sets of shelves with tea and books and other assorted items breaking the store apart from the café seating area.
If I had gone alone I would have stopped in the café, as it was I’ll reserve that for next time.
I went to the sampling bar and tried an assortment of teas; the samples were in no way skimpy. The adorable girl helping me looked very like my friend Fox, and it was a little surprising. She was able to point me at the Boston blend based on the tea selections I told her I liked from H&S. The store employees were helpful and knowledgeable and very welcoming. The samples were huge and beyond reasonable.
I did notice proper tasting brewers and cups and heard about a tasting flight. I wasn’t lingering so I didn’t ask how much that would cost but I am very interested in doing that on my next visit.
I then went to browse the wall of tea with the smaller tins and sachets. I am sure there was a pattern to the location of the tins but it was not spelled out (greens, whites, etc) and so I ended up going through the selection twice, once to read all the tins and once to make my selections for purchase.
This visit I picked up come holiday, Boston blend, dragon pearls, genmaicha, and the H&S guide to tea.
The bags are thick and have cloth handles, very worth of being a gift bag not just a shopping bag.
I can’t wait to go back!