5. Tea Drunk

Tea Drunk, East Village, NYC tea parlors

Check out Tea Drunk for a more traditional, authentic experience; the tiny tea room is quiet and decor is a minimalist union of wooden furniture and calligraphy. The menu informs you of each tea’s regional origin and of the season in which the leaves were harvested. The menu may not be too helpful when it comes to qualitative descriptors (earthy, bold, etc), but that’s what the owner is there for! She is super knowledgable and will elect a flavor you’re sure to enjoy. Overall, Tea Drunk is great for serious tea-addicts.