BELLOCQ TEA ATELIER
Photos I took in one of my favorite places in New York City, Bellocq Tea Atelier located in Greenpoint. The place is a beautiful escape from the city. It is fairly indiscreet outside. Just a standing sign and a Japanese bell fixture. You have to ring the doorbell for the shop keeper to let you in but once the door is closed behind, you are away from all the hustle and bustle of New York City. It is so quiet, it envelopes you. As you walk in you see a table full of teas upon teas upon teas. So many to smell and choose from. And too beautiful for words. There are also special Japanese knick knacks and tea-related things, bells, incense, ceramics, tea-ware, textiles, jams, honeys, candles. Beauty everywhere. The other little room straight ahead is a lovely juxtiposition from the dark and moody tea room. This room is light, warm and sunny. Textured white walls, rose velvet, plants everywhere. A comfortable couch and more knick-knacks to marvel at. I sat there for awhile and had a nice conversation with the shop keepers. It is a truly special place. By the way, I went with Kikuya, a Japanese Sencha green tea infused with rose petals that is also wonderful iced, I'm told.