On April 4th, Blu Cafe by Tavalon, the popular e-commerce premium tea purveyor officially opened their first US tea bar (in addition to 2 cafes in South Korea). But this ain't your average tea party. Some of the unique bevvies on the menu include tea sodas, which are house made tea syrups infused into soda water, with flavors such as peachy oolong, summer fruits, crimson punch, and jasmine dream. They even offer up tea floats, comprised of tea soda and tea-flavored froyo. Other unique creations include the Upper West Side Detox (NYC breakfast tea with Korean ginger slices), Breakfast Cereal Tea (ground Job's tears grains infused into hot frothy milk), and a Roiboos or coconut mate latte for the caffeine-crazy. Iced tea options are also available, with flavors including the MoTeajo (iced green tea with lemongrass, peppermint, or lime) and can be transformed into bubble tea for an additional charge.
But if you think this place only serves beverages, you're wrong. Blue Cafe serves up sweets like you wouldn't believe. From Chai chocolate brownies to roiboos red velvet cupcakes to frozen yogurt, this place has got it all. Did we mention they also serve salads and sammies for those with a bigger appetite?
Patrons have the option of dining in the venue, enjoying their outdoor seating with a view of the Hudson River, or even picking up items to go. Loose leaf teas, tea sachets, infusers, and an array of pots, cups, mugs, and gift sets are all available for purchase. More interestingly, browse the real estate market while having your tea, because the tea bar is separated by a glass wall from Blu Realty, a NY based real estate office. Kill two birds with one stone, or just simply have a tea-riffic time.