The long-vacant spot last occupied by greasy spoon Grecian Corner, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street, has finally been brought back to life by Montreal-based David's Tea, which opened their first Brooklyn location in the space last Saturday.
It's the third David's in the city (one is in the Village and another on the Upper East Side, with one in the works in Chelsea), and it's a low-key operation dedicated to all things tea. Over 50 outposts are in operation up in Canada, and they've got quite a large following, so they must be doing something right.
There are too many teas available there to count, in varieties like black, green, white, herbal, rooibos, mate, oolong, and pu'erh (and each of those varieties is available in several flavors). If it all seems a little overwhelming, the sales staff is quite knowledgeable and willing to provide a sample (a rep is out front every day giving away free samples as well). Teas are sold loose-leaf, but they'll also brew you up a cup to order and provide all the add-ons.
But the shop is definitely more of a tea and accessories store than a coffee shop-style hangout. There's very little seating, and items like teapots, mugs, and sampler packs are certinly emphasized. There are quite a few varieties of pre-assembled gift packs for the holiday season, like the $25.50 Winter Collection, with five seasonal blends, and the $19.50 Starter Kit, which comes with five tea varieties, a spoon, and filters. There's also a wide selection of infusers, steepers, and anything else you can think of to go along with tea.
If your only experience with tea has been Lipton's, stepping foot into this place will certainly be an eye-opener.
David's Tea, 234 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.