Taste-Testing the Pastries at Starbucks' New Tea BarBy Anna Hyclak | October 30, 2013 By Anna Hyclak | October 30, 2013
Last week, Starbucks launched an all-new concept on the Upper East Side called Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar. The new spot isn't your average 'Bucks venture - as in, there's no coffee on the menu, only tea drinks like matcha green tea lattes and craft tea fusions shaken with cold-pressed juices and sodas. There's also an upgraded food selection, including pastries that are warmed to order, gourmet flatbreads and salads and small plates like poached pear and blue cheese triangles and lemongrass-ginger chicken rice balls served with sesame dipping sauce.
Between the sleek, minimalist space - perfectly serene and quiet for working on your laptop or catching up with friends - and the fancified menu, this new tea bar seems like Starbucks 2.0 (minus the joe, of course). We decided to taste-test some of the new offerings to see whether they lived up to the presentation.