Where to Drink Matcha in NYC
Matcha, matcha, matcha.
It isn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty much ancient. But by the sheer amount it being consumed throughout Williamsburg, you’d think it were the love child of kale and kombucha. But the thing is…matcha has some pretty crazy health benefits, including 137 times the amount of antioxidants you’ll find in regular green tea. You’re getting a lot more bang for your buck, because instead of infusing hot water with tea leaves, you’re actually consuming them in powdered form. Already a matcha maniac or thinking of seeing what the fuss is about? Test the (infused) waters at one of New York’s many purveyors of matcha!
Known as a serious coffee bar for bean snobs, the Roasting Plant has recently begun whipping up a killer matcha latte sweetened with a touch of vanilla. Be sure to ask for almond milk!
75 Greenwich Ave, West Village
81 Orchard St, Lower East Side
Not to be confused with the popular Japanese ramen joint Ippudo, Ippodo is another Tokyo import, the only international branch of the famed tea shop outside of Japan. In addition to offering a variety of the highest grade matcha powder in the city, the small shop also offers an extensive menu of matcha drinks for takeaway, ranging from the classic to the creative (matcha slushie, anyone?)
125 E 39th St, Midtown
Whether or not you’ve been here, you’ve probably scrolled past a picture of their instafamous matcha lattes on your feed. A blogger favorite, the Chalait latte isn’t just another pretty face… it tastes good, too.
1216 Broadway, Nomad
75 9th Ave, at Chelsea Market, Chelsea
Matchabar is the city’s first cafe dedicated to the trendy drink. Recently relocated from Williamsburg to Chelsea, the matcha shop offers a bevy of delightfully untraditional matcha drinks, like iced cucumber or watermelon matcha, and matcha cupcakes. If you like, you can even take home your own matcha kit.
256 W 15th St, Chelsea
While Mamman is known for its chocolate chip cookie, the soho shop is gaining ground for its stellar matcha latte.
239 Centre St, Soho
211 W Broadway, Tribeca
80 Kent St, Greenpoint
A Japanese tea house in the East Village, this is the place to go for a traditional cup of matcha. Sit down, relax, and enjoy, and order a few Japanese sweets while you’re at it.
230 E 9th St, 2nd Floor, East Village
This centrally located coffee shop off Spring Street in Soho offers a top-notch matcha latte. They’re open early in the AM too, for commuters, Soho window shoppers, and cronut line queuers.
399 W Broadway, Soho
Jack’s Stir Brew
One of the more interesting matcha drinks available, Jack’s shakes up traditional matcha with milk, honey, and ice – the perfect summer drink.
138 W 10th St, West Village
2 6th Ave, at the Roxy Hotel, Tribeca
Charming West Village coffee shop The Elk whips up one of the best matcha lattes in the city. Order it with almond on ice for a refreshing summer cool off.
128 Charles St, West Village
Matcha Cafe Wabi
This cafe in the East Village serves a variety of matcha goodies, one of the most unique being a decadently thick matcha latte made with heavy cream and sweetened with simple syrup.
233 E 4th St, East Village
Bosie Tea Parlor
One of the first in the city to offer matcha, this cute West Village tea shop brews an excellent cup of the traditional Japanese drink.
10 Morton St, West Village