If you’re looking for the heart of the American Matcha culture, come to New York City. The city that never sleeps knows how to brew up a variety of delicious ways to enjoy this revered Japanese green tea drink.
And there’s no need to ask Siri where you can find the best Matcha in NYC. Just use our helpful guide to indulge your Matcha obsession as you take a bite out of the Big Apple.
1. Ippodo Tea
125 East 39th St.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
[Source: IPPODO TEA New York Store Facebook]
Ippodo Tea Co. has been providing high-quality Japanese green tea for centuries, and in 2013, they opened their doors to New York with their first street-front store outside of Japan. This Manhattan-based traditional Matcha bar serves Matcha lattes year-round and Matcha slushies in the summer, but really Ippodo’s skills are tasted most with their plain and pure Matcha. Choose between Usucha (thin Matcha) and Koicha (thick Matcha). Ippodo Tea baristas put an art and expertise into creating their cups of Matcha, which you can get hot or cold to go.
373 Broome St.
Open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
[Source: Cha Cha Matcha Facebook]
The co-founders of Cha Cha Matcha met at NYU and after graduating travelled the world together, where they ended up spending time in Uji, Japan. While there, they were inspired by the city’s people and passion and returned to NYC to open a Matcha shop that embodied both the dignity of Eastern tea practices and New York sensibility. Serving up everything Matcha, be sure to try the Matcha soft serve, the White Chocolate Matcha Latte and/or the Matcha lemonade.
Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
[Source: CHALAIT Facebook]
This neighborhood cafe values two things: simplicity and quality. And together, they prepare and serve quality cups of Matcha using simple, quality ingredients. They also serve Matcha eight different ways, so you can get a ceremonial shot of Matcha and even Matcha hot chocolate. From the building itself to the staff to the drinks and sandwiches, everything about Chalait is amazing. They also have a Chelsea Market location that’s open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
256 W. 15th St.
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
[Source: MatchaBar Facebook]
This hip Chelsea Matcha cafe is a must-visit. The Iced Matcha Chai Latte and the Peaches and Cream Matcha Latte are both scrumptious, as are the Matcha maccaroons or any of their pastries, which they make fresh daily. There’s also a cafe in Brooklyn if your travels take you there. And if you don’t have time to stop into one of their cafes, MatchaBar has refreshing products in retailers across the city.
233 E. 4th St.
Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Source: Matcha Cafe Wabi Facebook]
Matcha Cafe Wabi is a tiny New York City Matcha cafe that packs a punch. You not only can get seasonal Matcha drinks, but they also serve up tasty vegan and authentic Japanese treats. From the classic Matcha drinks to the interior’s walls and counters that are a tribute to the earthy green color of Matcha powder, you’ll love everything this little cafe has to offer patrons.
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