For serious devotees of Chinese and Japanese tea—and for curious tea drinkers who want to learn more—it's surprisingly hard to find a retailer in Manhattan with both quality selection and helpful service. Sure, you can get some decent Dragonwell at plenty of merchants, but most in this city cater to the Western-style milk-and-sugar set. Not so at Sun's Organic Garden, a source for specialty tea and exotic herbs, located in the heart of Chinatown.
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What is it about Thai iced tea that makes it so perfectly crave-worthy? Is it the subtly floral vanilla note? The deliciously mouth-coating sweetened condensed milk? That beautiful orange fluorescence? The knowledge that it will wash down a steaming plate of pad see ew? Who cares, as long as I can find a way to have it any time I want?
If there's one thing I've learned from browsing various Chinatown beverage coolers, it's this: Somebody somewhere has probably tried to make a drink out of just about every single fruit and vegetable known to man. Case in point: Wax gourd drink.
Though I don't usually take my sophisticated coffee beverages in at places named "Mart", surprising Mott Street newcomer Nolita Mart may be a good candidate to change that.