[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

There are not many places in the city that offer tea-flavored cookies and cakes. Tafu was my go-to tea sweet spot before they shuttered, and I still head to Kyotofu on occasion. But for now, put In Pursuit of Tea at the top of my list. I Sugar Rush'ed this Soho tea spot just a few months ago, with mentions of matcha cakes by Melanie Franks, a chef instructor at the FCI. We return today with nutty and crumbly sweet Genmaicha Cookies ($2.50) and a mini almond-topped loaf of Hojicha Bread ($2.50), dense with a moist crumb. What sets these tea sweets apart from other bakeries and tea shops is the sheer intensity of tea. Confident and clear flavors—I pick pastries here not based on the type of pastry, but the type of tea I'm craving. Finish with a warm cup of Darjeeling or Lavender Mint tea; how a small afternoon treat can lift your day!

In Pursuit of Tea

33 Crosby St, NYC NY 10013 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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