Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a $20 worth of café fare and drinks at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
Tea Lounge soothes wild appetites with freshly roasted, organic coffee ($2-4.50/cup), more than 60 types of loose-leaf tea ($2-$4), mouthwatering pastries, and tasty lunch fare ($3.50–6.50 for a sandwich). Culinary casting directors can audition cups of black caramel tea to play sippable supporting roles to fresh scones or they can relax over a meditative mug of Moroccan mint-green tea in Tea Lounge's plush sofa chairs. Bury nostrils' taste buds in a low-acid Nicaraguan dark roast, specially sourced from the village of Tepeya in small batches, while chowing down on a savory caprese sandwich.
Visitors seeking a light meal can unpack travel forks and spoons for warm bowls of daily soups or a fresh customized salad ($6.50–$9) before locking the utensils back in their hermetically sealed fanny packs. A motley assortment of sofas, tables, and cushioned chairs fill the spacious lounge, offering ample acreage to talk or get work done.
In the evening, flowing wine, fizzing craft beers, and live tunes often supplement the organic aromas of the café's one-of-a-kind brews, creating a sensory feast akin to sharing a donut with Celine Dion while body-boarding down the Great Pyramids.
For 14 years, Tea Lounge has served as much more than just a spot to meet friends or hunker down with a laptop and a warm drink. The folks here have put a great deal of stock in the idea of community, and they do so by making a point to remember their regulars, support local musicians, and decorate the walls with art crafted in the area. And then, of course, there's the tea. Black, herbal, spicy, mild—the options are many, ranging from classic jasmine green tea to organic Persian Peach black tea, and even a hangover tea. The baristas also craft espresso drinks and craft cocktails for those looking for another excuse to stop in for the hangover tea.
837 Union St.
Brooklyn, New York 11217Get Directions