brandon wrote:Fang carries puer tea cakes.
Manhattan Chinatown is not good for buying tea seriously, but it might be fun to look anyway, for grins.
I do not agree that Manhattan is not good for buying tea seriously. Today I got to Ten Ren Tea, Sun's Organic Tea, Harney and Son's, McNultys Fine Tea and Coffee, and a British place called Tea and Sympathy. All but Tea and Sympathy qualified as full service tea stores. Sun's Organic Tea had over 1000 teas of every imaginable sort. It was very no frills and the owner was knowledgeable. Ten Ren Tea is a pricy chain store but very nice. Harney and Son's was upscale with about 200 teas sold in tins, and McNultys was excellent with about 150 teas or so. I was impressed with each of these four tea shops but not with Tea and Sympathy. Although Tea and Sympathy was the place to get a somewhat tacky English teapot. I didn't buy one but they had a lot, all with British motifs. I will admit that only Sun's Organic Tea was a reasonably good place for Puerh, the best non-internet place I have found with about 15 or 20 different Puerhs available, most in either full cake or broken form. I bought two whole Puerhs at Sun's Organic Tea and one at Ten Ren Tea as well as some loose Puerh at Sun's Organic and Harney and Son's. If this place in Flushing is that good I will have to check it out in a couple of months after I have the money.
Between these five stores I also bought a number of varieties of Rooibos tea, decaf black tea, and Oolong tea. None at absolutely horrible prices although I think the Oolong I bought from Ten Ren Tea was a bit over priced.