Loose Leaf Tea in NYC

This is a subset/related page to the bulk shopping page - here are some places to buy good unpackaged tea.

Alice's Tea Cup, Chapter 1 (73rd and Columbus)
http://alicesteacup.com/
I've not bought their tea loose, but the selections I've had while there were very good (Grand Keemun and one of their greens). 

McNulty's Tea & Coffee Co. (Christopher St. between Hudson and Bleeker)
http://www.mcnultys.com/
All they sell is tea & coffee (and some accessories) but they sell variety of both in bulk.  The inexpensive teas are decent - taste-wise they're similar to bagged tea, but for a fraction of the cost.  Golden Assam and Nilgiri are my favorites so far.  They also have some more expensive teas that I haven't bought yet, but are presumably higher quality.  The workers are also efficient and knowledgeable, which makes for a pleasant buying experience.
http://wastelessgradstudent.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-new-source-for-bulk-tea-and-coffee.html

Physical Graffitea (St. Marks Place and 1st Ave)

I actually haven't purchased any tea here, and I'm still deciding if I ever will. The counter girl was extremely rude to my friends and I when we went to have tea there, so we just left.  Their yelp page seems to have polarized reviews depending on who's at the counter. 

Teavana
http://www.teavana.com/retail
For fancy and expensive bulk teas, this is a good place to shop.  I very much enjoy their Capital of Heaven Keemun, and my best friend loves their citrus teas.  They also sell pretty tins (unpackaged! but with a silicon/plastic seal), teapots/cups, and other accessories (plastic-wrapped).  Just...be prepared for some sticker shock and a 2oz minimum purchase per tea.  You can also get an individual serving of any tea, freshly prepared. 



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