I am not a coffee drinker, which is a slap in the face to many. *gasp* I have nothing against the taste, as I love a good scoop of coffee ice cream, and I find the aroma absolutely intoxicating. That being said, caffeine and I are not always simpatico, and the caffeine in coffee affects my nerves in the worst way. One day, many years ago, I was exhausted. A friend suggested I take a little of her cold brew to perk me up. “The taste is smoother than when it’s traditionally brewed, I think you’ll like it!” I consumed roughly 3 or 4 ounces of it and had to take a 1/2 milligram of Xanax because my heart felt as though it was going to beat out of my chest. (Kind of like how I felt a few nights ago on Election Night…)

So, I stick with tea. Ha!

Many of my previous neighborhoods uptown have had wonderful local spots to buy tea – Cafe Buunni will long hold a very special place in my heart, as I still remember the day its Pinehurst Avenue location opened! – but I am always on the search for my tea spots on the Upper West Side. Some places are dedicated to tea, while others are coffee shops with great tea options.

And for the sake of of this post, I am extending the Upper West Side up through Morningside Heights, as there are so great tea options between West 110th and up through West 125th. (Neighborhood purists, come at me. Ha!) Many of these locations offer black teas, green teas, chai, matcha, or other specialty teas, either hot or iced; please click on business links for more details.

Tea on the Upper West Side

Coffee Shops & Cafes with Tea on the Upper West Side

Tea Shops on the Upper West Side

Bubble Tea on the Upper West Side


Anything I missed? Be sure to leave a comment so I can check it out and add it to the list!


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