Looking for a good cup of matcha? Here are 10 places I like to frequent in New York City, in no particular order.
Not to be confused with the ramen spot Ippudo, Ippodo is an excellent source for matcha. You can only get their drinks to go, but it’s worth a visit since they have multiple grades and types of authentic Japanese matcha beverages. They have a matcha latte which is really an au lait (made with warm milk instead of steamed milk) that’s whisked and made right in front of you. Not at all sweetened, this place is for hardcore matcha lovers.
2/ Bibble & Sip
This Midtown West cafe puts a twist on a matcha latte by adding in jasmine syrup (made in-house) with their signature Matcha Jasmine Latte. Not overly sweet, it makes for an excellent tea break especially with their tasty matcha cream puff.
Bibble & Sip | 253 West 51st Street | New York, NY 10019 | 646.649.5116
This cafe specializes in matcha-based drinks but if you’re looking for espresso based drinks, they also make a mean cortado.
Chalait NoMad | 1216 Broadway | New York, NY 10001 | 212.929.0266
Chalait Chelsea Market | 75 9th Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | 212.929.0266
The matcha au lait isn’t on the menu, but you can request it, although there’s no guarantee they’ll make it for you since it all depends on who’s behind the counter.
Hi-Collar | 214 East 10th Street | New York, NY 10003 | 212. 777.7018
This Japanese tea house in the East Village makes the best matcha latte (which is really an au lait since the milk isn’t steamed). At $7.50, it’s also the most expensive but you can really taste the high-grade matcha, As a surprise, stir the sweet red beans at the bottom to sweeten the beverage.
Cha-An | 230 E 9th St, 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10003 | 212.228.8030
6/ Cup & Cup
Located in Midtown East, Cup & Cup makes a pretty matcha latte. Their version is sweeter, but not cloyingly so.
Cup & Cup | 15 E 31st Street | New York, NY 10016 | 646.398.9990
7/ Rose Bakery
Their matcha cappuccino isn’t on the menu, but you can request it. It was pretty good, until I got to the bottom and there were some clumps of matcha bits. Double up on the matcha with a slice of their matcha cake.
Rose Bakery | 160 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10016 | 646.837.7754
8/ Takahachi Bakery
A very good matcha latte can be found at this Tribeca Japanese bakery. I especially love theirs iced in the summer.
Takahachi Bakery | 25 Murray Street | New York, NY 10007 | 212.791.5550
9/ Matcha Cafe Wabi
Made with a heavy cream base (!), the matcha latte here is excellent. Creamy and full-bodied, it’s pretty darn tasty.
Match Cafe Wabi | 233 E 4th Street | New York, NY 10009
10/ Grace Street
Like the matcha latte at Cup & Cup, Grace Street’s Matcha Honey Latte is fairly sweet, but not overly so, unlike the other matcha beverages found on 32nd street in Koreatown.
Grace Street | 17 West 32nd Street | New York, NY 10001