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Open for Business: David's Tea, 234 Seventh Avenue

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.

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The Grecian Corner was a coffee shop. An honest breakfast special of eggs, home fries, toast, and coffee was served there.

It may not have been the cafeteria of the Carlisle Hotel, but the place prepared and served meals to customers with great dignity.

A sense of humor is always in order, but I imagine that the publishers, writers, and readers of "Here's Park Slope" would take exception to this blog being unfairly disparaged on the pages of "Town & Country."

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

sorry to hear it is another big chain store on 7th ave.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

seriously if you have nothing nice to say..... at least it's not froyo!

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

The Grecian Corner was a dive. And the guy who owned it was a crook. He had to give up the restaurant to the bank after a huge legal battle.

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter5w30

Let's pour some liquor and lament every shithole diner we never stepped foot in that closed down.

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Original Mick

Most chains start as individual stores that became successful. As they grow some chains lose their character but that doesnt appear to be the case here-looks really nice.

And grecian diner sucked-not everything from the past is virtuous

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjbob

This place does have seating - it's at the window and it's very nice. My friend and I sat there for an hour because it's a great place to people watch.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I am also not a big of Chains but its all because of the greedy landlord who knows only chains could agree/afford their unilateral lease demands - Sorry to say but Park slope eatery was not chain but he had to shut down because of not having enough support - Now imagine having no Chains and mom and pops in Park slope, Where will you go? - Watch 2 more chains Just Salad and Yougurtland is coming too, any comments?

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

My new favorite store. What an improvement, Grecian Corner was disgusting. And I love diners. Owner was a tax cheat too.

Janice, you have an unhealthy obsession with mom and pop stores to the point that it seems you'd rather have a strip of unsuccessful moldy shops open 3 hours per day and not enough quality establishments. Luckily, business owners don't all base their model on the Naidres model.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliza

James, in my opinion, Park Slope Eatery shut down because it was a mediocre place with zero ambience or personality (starting with its atrocious name). I wouldn't be so quick to blame the landlords if the renters couldn't make their payments because of lack of support. I'd wonder why the renters could not gain enough support in a neighborhood where people fall over themselves to spend money on food and drinks.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMe(h)

Park Slope Eatery closed down because it was a piece of crap.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

There seems to be some confusion in the comments here. This shitty tea place is in the spot that was formerly Grecian Corner, not Park Slope Eatery. What's the one thing these spots have in common? They are terrible. Grecian Corner closed years ago--it was widely known as the worst diner in the hood. I ate there twice in '98 and never went back. The Eatery, a more recent disaster, was a really great place to decide to kill yourself after being given a terminal diagnosis from Methodist.

But why anyone would go to a chain devoted solely to tea is beyond me--there are several decent cafes in the area.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterian_pink

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