$12 can buy you an afternoon-long tasting of some world class Chinese and Taiwanese tea in Flushing, Queens—tea that's brewed by experts with years of experience and monastic dedication. Tea that would otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars a pound for the privilege of a sip.
Fang Gourmet Tea
You don't see pestle tea too often. To start, the best ones are ground by hand in a stone mortar, and turning a handful of nuts and seeds into a smooth paste takes a good twenty minutes of studious grinding—by hand. But the result is well worth it: the kind of drink that nourishes you like the best oatmeal, and a ritualistic experience that, if I had an extra half hour every day, would become a required part of my morning routine.
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When Theresa Wong experienced a Chinese tea ceremony for the first time, she hadn't considered "the difference between drinking tea and tasting tea." Five years later, the former insurance saleswomanguides customers through tastings at a small gourmet tea shop for a living.
When travelers to New York ask me where to eat, I send them to Flushing. When locals ask me about a new restaurant I'm excited about, the answer's often there. But let's say you have just one day to take a whirlwind tour of the neighborhood. What do you need to try?