This shrine to the culture and history of tea offers traditional hour-long Chinese-style ceremonies, where you’ll get to sample three brews ($35). Radiance also hosts regular group tastings (you’ll try white, green, oolong, black and herbal infusions while nibbling mochi treats) that will teach you how to properly steep a pot at home ($15). Or simply drop in for a cup—there are more than 100 varieties, organized by country of origin—while thumbing through books about tea written in English and Chinese.
Radiance Tea House & Books
|Venue name:||Radiance Tea House & Books||Contact:|
158 W 55th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 11am–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, Q, R, W to 57th St (Seventh Ave); F to 57th St (Sixth Ave); N, R to 53rd St|
|Price:||Average pot of tea $7. Amex, MC, V|