Bakery Review: Harney & Sons Fine Tea Bar


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I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY LOVED this tea bar! Harney and Sons not only has a factory in Millerton, NY but they also opened up a tea bar. The tea bar is divided into 3 rooms- one room for tasting tea, the next to shop, and the third is the restaurant portion. The employees are extremely cordial and friendly. I visited the tea bar with two of my friends, Monica and Abby.

My friends and I were absolutely starving by the time we got to the tea bar that we just sat down at one of the tables in the restaurant portion of the shop. Fortunately, when we explained to the woman who came to take our order that it was our first time visiting Harney and Sons she informed us of how the store was set up; furthermore, after she took our order she told us to feel free to go into the tasting room and try some teas and that she would come and get us once our food was ready.

In the tasting room they have 4 “Teas of the Moment” which are all free to taste. Then each person gets to pick one tea from the wall that they would like to try as well- sounds simple right? Well you should see this wall of teas!!! They have everything from black teas to white teas to green teas- I was completely overwhelmed. I ended up sticking to my safe zone and choose a black tea, English Breakfast. It was wonderful doing the tea tasting with friends because we all had the opportunity to try each others.

Their menu is simple yet intriguing. I ordered a proscuitto and brie baguette, but honestly the way they described their peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounded amazing I was so close to ordering that  instead! For dessert my friends and I went all out: We ordered two pots of tea, fruits d’alsace and hot cinnamon spice, then we ordered the scones, carrot cake, and rice pudding. I found the hot cinnamon spice tea to be a little too sweet with all of the desserts; the fruits d’alsace tea was delightful though. 

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The scones were my favorite pick out of all the desserts. They were crumbly and light and served with delicious clotted cream and jam. 

The prices were all worth it. I spent about $25 on my meal but then again the average person doesn’t share three desserts at brunch, so yours could probably be a little less. 

Definitely cannot wait to return to Harney & Sons!

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Bakery Review

I think the most genuine thing a person could do for another is to think of them; it doesn’t matter if the thought of someone else is just a fleeting one it’s the action itself that is the generous gesture. 

Let me start off by saying that the bakery I’m going to review in this post, Cannelle Patisserie, was recommended to me by one of my closest friends, Sandra. It was Sandra’s father that first told me about the bakery- he knew I was going to school for pastry and thought it might interest me to check out a local bakery that he had frequented many times. 

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It was very difficult to find Cannelle Patisserie; I didn’t realize that it was inside a large complex center next to a grocery store and a rite aid. I noticed signs once I got inside that they are opening a second location in Long Island city so I’m sure that will be an easier drive! 

The patisserie does not have the best surroundings but it stands apart from it’s neighbors with its beautiful pinstriped awning and glass doors. Their display case is set up very neatly and filled with classical french pastries. My purchase included a cannelle (I mean how could I not, when the pastry itself is in the shop’s title) and a paris brest.

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I truly enjoyed the paris brest with it’s creamy, light, hazelnut pastry cream. I was not a great admirer of the cannelle; it was dense and spongey and had blisters on the skin. The prices were reasonable and if I was not going out to lunch shortly after my stop at the patisserie I would’ve indulged in another pastry.

I would definitely return to Cannelle Patisserie. They seemed to have many returning customers, especially a large breakfast crowd, which is always a positive observation. 

If any of you have visited Cannelle Patisserie please share your thoughts below!

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Cannelle Patisserie

75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370
(718) 565-6200