[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

You can find loose leaf tea and spices (and even dried mushrooms) by the ounce at Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company. But did you know they also offer hot drinks and sweets? There's no seating (I go to Washington Square Park), though that shouldn't stop you from getting a chai to go. It's a spicy blend, bright with ginger, and it's an ideal accompaniment to cookies made especially for the tea shop.

Priced at $2.25 apiece, there's Green Tea & Lemon, a hearty crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside cookie with a drizzle of frosting. Then there's Chamomile and Honey, softer in flavor and sweeter, with honey coming in first and chamomile on the finish.

Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company

208 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012 (map)

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

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