Just got back from a quick trip to NYC to celebrate one of those milestone birthdays with 3 other gradeschool/high school friends. One of them lives in SoHo, so we were a few short blocks from Harney's new digs and of course we had to stop in for tea one day. It was great, and John's grandson, Emeric, was most gracious and gave us a complimentary tea tasting. My friends mostly like the flavored teas, and we thoroughly enjoyed them all. I can't remember exactly which ones we tried, but I do remember that they were perfectly prepared. That's always such a treat for me--a rarity to find well prepared tea anywhere outside my own shop. But, I expected as much from Harney and Sons and was delighted with our tea and the melt-in-your-mouth scones.
Afterward I took a stab at reading my friends' tea leaves. I only found out a couple of years ago that my paternal grandmother read tea leaves. I wish I'd known that when she was with us, but somehow it never came up. So, I've decided I must carry on the tradition. It was great fun, and something significant seemed to show itself in each cup!
Another quite new shop we had lunch at was the "Bosie Tea Parlor" at 10 Morton Street. Again, the tea there was supurb. I was very impressed with their extensive selection, and I felt right at home when the waiter had to interrupt taking our lunch order to answer the tea timer from another customer's pot of tea. You know you're in serious tea territory when the tea pot takes priority over everything else!
Their food was quite good. The variety was excellent for a tea shop, the service and presentation elegant. I do wish the scones had been warmed just a bit as they were served cold. But, all in all, another lovely tea experience and I would highly recommend Bosie's to anyone passing through lower Manhattan.