Stopping by for breakfast at Harney and Sons in Soho seemed like an obvious thing to do as a hurricane was dangerously approaching the city.
The store itself is incredible, tons and tons of different kind of teas lining up aginst the walls, facing a counter where Harney’s tea specialists will let you try almost anything. But we closed our eyes and headed directly to the back where the tea room is set.
Service is great – maybe we need to add that we were the only customers at that time. We ordered scones ($6) and an Assam teapot ($6). Assam tea leaves are picked in the India’s eastest edge, at the boundaries of Bengladesh.
This black tea has an extremely pleasant malty flavour, but as a non-expert I couldn’t fully appreciate it, contrary to scones. They came with a small (too small?) portion of delicious Devonshire cream. The scones were sharply different from those you eat in England, but they were served warm and had a delightful rich smell.
Tea and scones in SoHo for $12 is a real bargain, don’t think twice, it’s entirely worth it.
Compared to Fortnum and Mason, Harney’s is a relative newcomer among tea producers as it was founded in 1983, but since then Mr. Harney and his sons have been selecting and producing the best tea leaves for the satsifaction of New-York customers. And even though Harney and Sons is much more mainstream than Bellocq Tea Atelier, they don’t skimp on quality. They also provide teas for customers abroad like Bread and Roses, a pastry shop we reviewed recently in Paris.
For more information about the menu and hours of the SoHo tasting room, or if you want to know more about Harney and Sons history, click here.
HARNEY & SONS
433 Broome St (entre Broadway et Crosby St)
New York, NY 10013