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Starbucks’ first NYC tea bar opens on UES

October 24, 2013 01:23PM

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From left: 1142 Madison Avenue and a Teavana location in Nasheville, TN

From left: 1142 Madison Avenue and a Teavana location in Nashville, Tenn.

Coffee king Starbucks has opened a tea bar — the company’s first in the five boroughs — on the Upper East Side.

The spot, Teavana Tea Bar, will set up shop in a 1,700-square-foot spot at 1142 Madison Avenue, on the corner of East 85th Street, owned by 30 East 85th Street Company, an entity of Manhattan Skyline Management Corp. The location joins a chain of around 300 stores around the country that are located mostly in shopping malls.

Starbucks, whose coffee shops boast around 11,000 locations nationwide, purchased Teavana last year.

“It’s much more Zen-like than anything you’ll find in a Starbucks store,” Howard Schultz, the coffee monolith’s CEO, told USA Today. [Crain's] and [USA Today] – Julie Strickland

  • MF Smith

    Is this anything like the Teavana that has been operating on the NE corner of 86/Lex for the past couple years?

    • danielle

      I was thinking the same thing…

      • HughGass

        i think there’s one on Broadway and 82nd (ish).

  • Julie0516

    This is Starbucks’ first tea shop in NYC. Starbucks purchased the Teavana chain last year.

  • Kake

    Yeah, this is NOT the first in the city. Bad reporting. i go to the one on lexington between 86th/87th all the time.

    • Julie0516

      This is Starbucks’ first tea shop in NYC. Starbucks purchased the Teavana chain last year.

  • teavana

    the headline is wrong – it’s a tea BAR, not just a tea shop. their other locations are shops, not bars.

    • Julie0516

      Thanks for the note!

  • Tea lover

    Bought tea at Teavana a couple of times. Disappointed both times – not fresh, lacked flavor. I tend to straight green teas without fruit or spice infusions. Maybe their flavored teas are better? As for Starbucks stores, tea is an afterthought there. Hope the new tea bars are better for tea aficionados.

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