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A New Chinese Tea House Has Popped Up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 16 March 2017
Opened just in time for Asia Week New York 2017, Tea Drunk at The Met is a new pop-up, sit-down Chinese tea house-inspired café at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Located on the museum’s second floor balcony to overlook the Met’s sprawling, world-famous entrance hall, Tea Drunk at The Met “serves a selection of authentic Chinese teas harvested from renowned tea-growing mountains in China, as well as small plates featuring light delicacies,” according to the Met’s website.

Tea in different grades of fermentation | © Haneburger/Creative Commons
Tea in different grades of fermentation | © Haneburger/Creative Commons

Choose from an ancient Chinese green tea and a rare, high-quality roasted Wu Long tea, served in the medieval Gong-Fu-style—a historic form of tea preparation and presentation. Alternatively, green, black, white, fermented, and Wu Long teas can be ordered from the counter, where an additional selection of Chinese pastries and baked goods are also available for purchase.

The café is perfectly situated amongst the museum’s collection of Asian ceramics, which line the surrounding walls behind glass. Tea Drunk at The Met will remain open on the balcony for three months, coinciding with the Met’s upcoming exhibition of ancient Chinese art from the Qin and Han Dynasties, Age of Empires.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028