First things first: how can you not like a tea shop with robots in the window? Second things second, how can you not like a place that has almost 100 teas AND a BYOB policy? Most people know Teany as Moby’s tea shop, which is a good or bad thing depending on if you like Moby. For me, it’s one of the few places I can read a magazine and slowly a slice of cake meant to feed an entire children’s party without feeling a waitress’s stare burn my soul for sitting there too long.
Even if you don’t think you like tea, Teany will prove you wrong. They’ll help you pick a tea based on your likes/dislikes, then again, prove you damn wrong. I have a weakness for the Strawberries & Cream white tea, which reminds me a little of Nesquik strawberry milk in the best way possible, and their lavender lemonade has been known to make me stop hating summer heat entirely even if just for 10 minutes. All coffee/tea type items float around $3-$5, and they have a respectable selection of beers for $5 and wine glasses at $8, too.
The food is all vegetarian, and most of the time, vegan. So, like, if it says “turkey” or chicken” on the menu, it is actually “tofurkey” or “tochicken” or other fake meat interpretation. But don’t think about it too much, because you won’t notice. All dishes are seasonal and bright; I love the goat cheese, beet, walnut and arugula salad ($11), edamame hummus appetizer ($5) and the veggie burger topped with feta. Only a couple of the more hearty dishes are over $10, and with BYOB fee at $10 you and the robots could have a pretty nice little evening together.
90 Rivington Street (btn Orchard and Ludlow)
[Lower East Side]
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