My First Matcha Tea Latte at Chalait

Nestled on a corner of the West Village, Chalait is a cozy teahouse serving specialty Japanese matcha from the hills of Uji. I couldn’t wait to visit the café and try my very first matcha tea latte – from the best region of Japan, no less! The concept of Chalait is quite simple, to bring traditional matcha to center of the western world: New York City. Cha means “tea” in Japanese and Lait means “milk” in French.

The line was practically out the door, but I finally ordered a small Matcha Tea Latte and the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich – a croissant with egg, ham, cheese and arugula. While the matcha is certainly a little bitter at first taste, the milk helps to sweeten the flavor, and by the second sip, it’s divine! Matcha also works wonders for your health, as it is quite rich in antioxidants.

Chalait Brunch

Chalait Brunch

Chalait Matcha Latte

224 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10014

Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm

January 31, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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