What You'll Get
Tea is said to lower stress, boost alertness, and taste like tea. Loosen your leaves at Radiance Tea House & Books, a zen-steeped Midtown teashop with a huge selection of hot, cold, and wellness teas. This Groupon gets you a five-tea sampler—an hour-long voyage on a steamy, sweet ocean abrew with yummy leaves. And the tasting comes with mochi rice cakes in flavors such as peanut, sesame, and green tea.
Tastings are held weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., also on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check Radiance's website for the full schedule. Purchase multiple Groupons and attend every tasting that strikes your fancy. Classes are capped at 12 people, making them intimate and allowing for questions that may come up.
The Tuesday tastings feature a set list of teas, including Yellow Mountain Mao Feng green tea (a fresh orchid fragrance with a delicate sweetness) and High Mountain Oolong (a naturally sweet and nutty fragrance). For other days, tastings change weekly based on a theme; you can try greens, blacks, and blackgreens depending on what day of the week you drop by. Radiance has both Eastern and Western teas (herbal and non-herbal), wellness teas, and more on the tea menu.
Brewing a good cup of tea is an art form, and Radiance Tea House has some of the best leaf boilers in Manhattan. They'll teach you basics of tea and tea brewing over the course of this hour-long tasting. You'll learn what makes a black tea different from a green tea, and what temperature and water should be used to draw out the best flavor. Afterward, you'll have a finely tuned tea palate and a basic vocabulary to describe flavors and tastes, such as raspberry, mint, and winning. You'll also learn the famous stories and legends behind some of the most famous teas in the world.
Radiance is a quiet shop with a spacious, well-lit interior and elegant wood tables and chairs. The friendly, attentive staff makes it a perfect spot to spend an afternoon working or zenning with pals. Smart people like drinking tea, and beyond being fully relaxing and calming, tea is said to have numerous medicinal benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and arthritis.
- Overall, a fabulous tea house... – Teaspoons & Petals
- When we first walked in, it immediately gave us a feeling of zen and tranquility, and I was amazed how spacious the place was. I could not believe a peaceful tea house such as this could exist in midtown west of all places. It it [sic] truly a hidden gem...The atmosphere, tea, and food were all amazing, but to top all of them was their service. – Yosh O., Ramen & Friends
- This place is amazing. The ambiance is amazing, the food is delectable, and they have teas of both the Chinese and Japanese variety. – Casey B., Yelp
- This tea house is one of my favorite places on the planet. – Michael P., Yelp
- It was absolutely an "oasis in the middle of Manhattan." The service was wonderful, polite and friendly; the menu is light and delicious; the tea menu is extensive and the environment is so quiet and relaxing. – Ryan E., Yelp
Today’s Groupon will teach you the legends surrounding some of the world’s most famous teas. Here’s a quick overview:
- Earl Grey: First brewed by New York Knicks Guard Earl “The Pearl” Monroe as a catalyst to awaken his latent psychic abilities.
- Oolong: Often called the “champagne of teas” or “fiddlers’ boots”; is rumored to bring its drinkers average luck.
- Green Tea: Can be slathered onto the bark of trees to repel sailors.
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The Fine Print
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About Radiance - Fine Asian Cuisine
Leaves—whether brewed or bound—imbue the brand new Eastside location of Radiance with the distinctive culture of China, steeping the small tea shop and restaurant in Chinese traditions within the heart of midtown Manhattan. On the glass shelves, a collection of loose-leaf teas includes green and black teas and special herbal and floral blends as well as rarer varieties such as pu'er. Guests can pair the teas with classic Chinese entrees such as steamed sea bass for dinner and shrimp dumplings for lunch, dining in a brightly lit room between high ceilings and hardwood floors. Beyond the , Radiance helps guests expand their knowledge of eastern cultures through a selection of books for sale as well as special events such as educational tastings, during which tea sommeliers help uncover the subtle differences between the best teas and the worst coffees.