In the fall of 2009 I walked on Morton Street in search of Bosie Tea Parlor which was set to open that week. There was a sign out the door that said opening soon. Discouraged but not defeated I came back the following week. And the following week. And the week after. I eventually gave up assuming that it would simply never open.
So you can imagine my surprise when early this week – almost two years later, spring 2011, this article came out in the NYT, “Bosie Tea Parlor Is Opening in the Village.” Could it really be? That same place? And indeed! It was true!
After a morning appointment in the Village I stopped by Bosie, set to open today. A “closed” sign was posted on the door, but glass windows revealed a couple inside with cakes and coffee, awaiting tea. If the “closed” sign didn’t stop them, it couldn’t hurt to try right? In I went and was graciously welcomed. I was told they were in a soft opening stage but that I could stay for tea and cake. Sounds like an excellent plan.
Prices for a pot of tea ranges from $6-$18, and they serve l’Âge de Thé, their in-house line which is a collaboration between Killy Holliday and Nicky Dawda who is the owner. I opted for a beautiful rooibos scented with almonds and vanilla, a little kick of cinnamon. It’s called Almond Cookie Rooibos and was $7 a pot.
In defense of picking a “non-serious” tea as the name may indicate, sometimes I feel people take tea too seriously (you know who you are “I only drink pure teas, no blends,” type of people), but I think tea can and should be both a fun and learning experience. As long as you can appreciate “pure” teas, learning more from blends will simply enhance your knowledge.
I also got to try one of the individual loaf cakes offered in a range of flavors including lemon, vanilla, and chocolate. I went for the matcha, classic, a moist and deeply flavored cake. Full afternoon tea sets aren’t offered yet (hopefully this weekend), but I’ll be back soon for their other sweets which include macarons and sablés.
Bosie Tea Parlor
10 Morton Street
New York, NY 10014