Ippodo NYC

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Ippodo NYC

Postby brandon » Mar 13th, '13, 07:24

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Ippodo NYC is pure bliss for the tea drinker. Everyone was there behind the bar, including their Wagashi master, lovely Ms Nao from the original Kyoto tea room, and Mrs Ippodo.

Also nice to see Chip out of his TeaCave!

Opening soon, watch this space.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Joel Byron » Mar 13th, '13, 09:10

That looks amazing! Keep us updated on when it opens.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby David R. » Mar 13th, '13, 11:25

How lucky are you...

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Abracadaver! » Mar 13th, '13, 11:35

This is brilliant news...

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Chip » Mar 13th, '13, 12:06

I was told the grand opening to the public is March 21, but I want to confirm this! Do not expect to see neon signs pointing the way. In fact, I do not recall seeing any exterior signs ... yet anyway. Through the glass front door ... discreet signage ...

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The evening was certainly special. Lots of tea, Japanese foods ... and most importantly the people. Many Ippodo "family" attendees and scores of well wishers.

Not lost in all this was the fact that this event was planned for March 11th, the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Although I did not ask, I have to think this was intentional ... a sort of homage and perseverence.

Also, in asking questions, it appears this will not signal a change in shipping online orders direct from Japan. You can walk in and purchase products, beverages, and it seems food ... but if you are not able to visit Ippodo NYC, you will still have to order online and have your order shipped from Japan.

I will be emailing a few Ippodo representatives with questions I have, so if you have any questions, I can attempt to receive an answer and post it here.

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Ippodo NYC

Postby Abracadaver! » Mar 13th, '13, 12:10

Ahhh....so this is in conjunction with Kajitsu? One of the best meals I've eaten in my life was at Kajitsu.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby brandon » Mar 13th, '13, 12:14

The food at the event could be characterized as "Modern Kaiseki Cocktail," by Kajitsu. I am not sure what the regular menu will look like, but I have a feeling I will be eating there again.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Abracadaver! » Mar 13th, '13, 12:52

We should get a group of us together to go to the original Kajitsu next time you are in town...

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Alex » Mar 13th, '13, 14:25

David R. wrote:How lucky are you...


+ a million

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby teaisme » Mar 13th, '13, 14:36

now who in their right minds would want to go there :roll:
look at all those people behind the counter, just standing still in the photo and not moving or doing anything. so lazy. :roll:


(you lucky b's) :mrgreen:

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby chingwa » Mar 13th, '13, 15:17

whaaaaaaat? Ippodo coming to NYC?!?! I can't tell you how excited I am.. ! :mrgreen:

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby sherubtse » Mar 13th, '13, 18:00

Chip wrote:Also, in asking questions, it appears this will not signal a change in shipping online orders direct from Japan. You can walk in and purchase products, beverages, and it seems food ... but if you are not able to visit Ippodo NYC, you will still have to order online and have your order shipped from Japan.


This is indeed a pity! :(

Could you please double-check on this when you e-mail the Ippodo folks?

Thanks.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Chip » Mar 13th, '13, 23:34

BTW, Ippodo "family" all the way up to the President visit of all places, TeaChat! I kid you not. :mrgreen:

sherubtse wrote:
Chip wrote:Also, in asking questions, it appears this will not signal a change in shipping online orders direct from Japan. You can walk in and purchase products, beverages, and it seems food ... but if you are not able to visit Ippodo NYC, you will still have to order online and have your order shipped from Japan.


This is indeed a pity! :(

Could you please double-check on this when you e-mail the Ippodo folks?

Thanks.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

I certainly will double check!

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby Chip » Mar 13th, '13, 23:43

Each guest received a wrapped package (in the normal, elegant Ippodo fashion) filled with Ippodo teas. This was good news since I was sort of hoping in a long shot kind of way to be able to procure some of their teas while I was there.

So, today at the TeaTable I brewed up Ippodo's Kumpu Sencha ... brewed the Ippodo way (lots of leaf). Delicious as it looks.

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Re: Ippodo NYC

Postby JRS22 » Mar 14th, '13, 08:51

Chip wrote:
So, today at the TeaTable I brewed up Ippodo's Kumpu Sencha ... brewed the Ippodo way (lots of leaf). Delicious as it looks.



On the Ippodo website are "one-pot" bags of tea which contain 10 grams. They don't specify the pot size, so I'm assuming I can stretch a bag to 2 sessions in a small kyusu. i'm hoping those one-pot bags are for sale in NYC when the store opens so I can sample a variety of their teas. They're just a bus ride away from me, making near-instant gratification a reality.

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