Brooklyn >Tea Lounge
“The decor is funky and worn, like your favorite coffee shop in college.”
“The bar is nice, cause it doesn't have the depressing funk many bars have.”
“have never had anything other than very good coffee beverages and tasty food there.”
“The food and drink selection is great, with lots of tasty pastries, interesting martini concoctions, and a wide variety of teas and coffees.”
“... it's a great place to be.”
“While I share the other reviewer's feeling that the place is a bit too kid friendly, I would go in a heartbeat if they would get some connectivity.”
“It is huge, it is over-run with children--which makes it a lousy place to mingle--and the massive shortage of tables forces everyone to put their laptop in their lap.”
“The free WiFi is nice, but attracts so many laptoppers that it can be quite slow, and yes, it does tend to turn people into non-communicative zombies.”
Filthiest Bathrooms, Disgusting Couches, Grumpy Baristas. Ugh. Tons of toddlers running around while their mothers pay no attention. (Will I become one of them too?) Unpleasant baristas, sneering, eye rolling, etc...I hate this place, and don't understand what everyone loves about it. Expensive, ugly, rude.
Stroller Parking Here.
Too many kids here... It's a mother's morning out program, not a coffee shop. If you don't mind the screeching, it's a nice chill place to study, but all the strollers, fussy babies and children get old after a while.
The coffee is good and so is the food, but it could be cleaner. I come here because I can hang out for hours without being bothered to buy more food or coffee. It's a nice spot for that.
Notes from a formerly frequent visitor.
After spending a lot of time hanging out here for a couple of years, I've come up with a list of positives and negatives for their Union St. location:
1. The free WiFi is nice, but attracts so many laptoppers that it can be quite slow, and yes, it does tend to turn people into non-communicative zombies.
2. I have never had anything other than very good coffee beverages and tasty food there. Other than the cheap beer and wine during the daily 5-7 happy hour, however, you're certainly paying enough for it.
3. It's great for people-watching, but you need to be VERY tolerant of the stroller/breastfeeding mob, children in general, and a LOT of public displays of affection, many of them between lesbian or gay couples.
3. The baristas do bus the tables periodically, but their approach to chair and couch cleanliness is to just let them get dirtier and more damaged until they're unusable and then buy new ones. It'd be nice if they actually vacuumed them even once a week.
4. The bands that play are frequently awful, and the music that is cranked very loudly can be extremely repetitive and inevitably will play lots of something you hate if you stay long enough.
5. Some of the baristas and bartenders (when the bar is open) have serious attitude. Not surliness but what I'd call loudly broadcasting their part in their little subculture(s). I can deal; some people can't.
6. The bar just sits there untended if the bartender isn't there as none of the baristas will deign to serve alcohol as they "don't know how". While I can understand it not operating on weekdays until the 5pm happy hour opening, it can get really annoying on weekends. How much does it take to pour a beer or glass of wine or spirits?
7. It can get unbearably crowded.
Still worth visiting, but not for everyone.
Great for studying during the day, chilling in the evenings. I love to study here on a Sunday afternoon, at the big family-style table, sipping tea and snacking on homemade vittles. They have live music some nights, movies other nights ... it's a great place to be.
COFFEE IS HORRIBLE!!!. The Tea Lounge is a perfect example of a great location, and incredible potential, but the place has probably the worst coffee - I would rate it alongside - deli style $1.00 Blend. Suggestions: Get some real coffee!. Bad Salvation Army style furniture - can be cool, but have some sense of style please, its dirty. Board of Health should really close your bathrooms- they are disgusting! Does the mens room normally convert to baby table bathrooms! I also am a victim of a rude waitress - telling me to nicely move from sitting in your coveted "massage chair" Either you make this the official policy for all, or you get over your high horse, people certainly would not pay to sit in a massage chair especially in your location. Is this a joke. Or maybe your hard up for those quarters. Really great location, but put some effort and elbow grease, and stop banking on your perfect location. People are talking!
nice spot. it's huge, and there's a table in the back if you really need to do some work on your laptop instead of just surfing myspace... the breast feeding seems to end around 3PM, but for some reason they keep playing Grateful dead bootleg tapes all afternoon into the evening... I like real country music and bluegrass, I don't need the Dead to filter it and sanitize it for me, please play something else! also the wifi can be sporadic
Convenient and MESSY as you know what.....
Tea Lounge is great in some areas and AWFUL in others. It's great because....it's convenient. Location, location, location. It's easy to get to via the Q, 2/3 or R train. And, it's big- although, that can also be a drawback. Sometimes you have to search to actually find a seat. And, you also have to wait in line sometimes more than five minutes to order before you wait to find a seat.
And, Tea Lounge is NOT so great because even IF you do get a seat, the seats are in absolutely disarray! The couches and seats are literally ripped-up. WHY don't they buy or get new furniture!? Sometimes, you just want a clean chair to sit on if you're paying $4 for a cup of tea. Is that too much to ask for?!
The bathrooms are also in a state of uncleanliness- the soap dispensers aren't even attached to the wall. Now, maybe the management is expecting to do a major cleaning job, but I get the feeling that isn't happening anytime soon and if so, they are thinking about it far too infrequently. Dare I ask if perhaps the food and tea is under the same uncleanly conditions.
They've got to be doing well in their business, and, so why don't they keep it clean?! It's sort of a disrepect back to the patrons. They've got a lot of hip, young workers there and sometimes they actually bus your table, but they don't clean it or the area.
If you can stomach the crumbs galore on your table or seat when you actually sit down, or if you don't fall through the seat if you actually get one, and if you can handle the crowd of crying babies (different times of the day on that one) and can actually get through the door if the strollers are inside, then you might, just might find a little peace of mind for an hour or two, but that might is becoming too iffy for this neighborhood joint. They've got to get it together!
Wi-Fi, for the love of god.....
I understand why many Brooklyn coffee shops are reluctant to instal Wi-Fi: discourages conversation, creates a bunch of typing zombies, table hogs, etc. But Tea Lounge seems like a perfect candidate. It is huge, it is over-run with children--which makes it a lousy place to mingle--and the massive shortage of tables forces everyone to put their laptop in their lap.
While I share the other reviewer's feeling that the place is a bit too kid friendly, I would go in a heartbeat if they would get some connectivity.
Great Selection, Too Many Strollers. I want to love this place, I really do. The food and drink selection is great, with lots of tasty pastries, interesting martini concoctions, and a wide variety of teas and coffees. The decor is funky and worn, like your favorite coffee shop in college. However, my favorite college coffee shop didn't have baby strollers bumper to bumper. I sympathize with parents, but at the same time, I hate getting shut out of a coffee shop because I can't wade through the strollers to get to a table. The other (original) location on 7th Avenue is smaller but more childless-friendly.
This coffee klatch makes a splash with a whole slew of Slope types.. During daylight hours, Tea Lounge's hangar-esque space is densely populated with an amiable cross-section of Park Slope strollerati mommies, hipster laptop tappers, retirees, backgammon-playing tweens and "underemployed" creative types grateful for a kindly priced cup of coffee. Once the kiddies are tucked in, and folks start opting for the shot of Bailey's or clever house booze 'n' chai concoctions, the mood shimmies down to a low-level pickup tone. The eponymous brews number in the dozens, and the full bar boasts an admirable selection of wines as well as the harder stuff. Lest the patrons risk shredding their stomachs with an all-day regimen of coffee and alcohol, there's also an appealing selection of pastries and toasted sandwiches.
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