Ippodo, founded in 1717 in Kyoto, Japan, is as authentic and high quality as you can get in New York City. The serene shop right by Grand Central Terminal welcomes matcha connoisseurs as well as those who want to try matcha for the first time. Drinks include coffee shop favorites like matcha almond or soy lattes ($4.25), but for a true experience, choose the hot matcha. It comes in a regular version, called usucha (meaning “thin”), or a super concentrated, thick version called “koicha,” with four grams of premium matcha ($5.75)—that is more than twice the dosage in what you would get from an average matcha cuppa. Tins of matcha can be purchased in-store or online. Currently, a special New Year’s matcha, specially balanced in its astringency, umami, and sweetness, is available for purchase.
125 E. 39th St. (near Lexington Avenue)
The Kyoto pastry shop Malebranche has made its “Maru Cha Cha” matcha biscuits available in the United States for the first time. They are made with koicha, a thicker version of matcha that lends a more pronounced tea flavor. The cookies, made of just koicha, rice flour, sesame oil, and cocoa butter, are incredibly crispy and clean-tasting.
Available at Dean & Deluca
560 Broadway (at Prince Street)
1150 Madison Ave. (at East 85th Street)
Available at Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn St. (between Hoyt and Bond streets), Brooklyn
Bibble and Sip
This Midtown coffee shop not only has adorable aesthetics, with an alpaca as its mascot, but also makes fluffy cream puffs oozing with smooth matcha-infused cream. $3.50.
253 W. 51st St. (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue)
The newly opened Soft Swerve in the Lower East Side dispenses matcha soft-serve ice cream that’s lightly sweet and refreshing. $3.95 to $6.25 for plain matcha.
85B Allen St. (between Broome & Grand streets)
The popular doughnut shop is currently making special doughnuts with Japanese ingredients to celebrate 12 years of operating in Tokyo. The matcha cake doughnut is decadent and tastes of matcha in every bite, in the glaze and in the cake. $3.85.
Who knows why white chocolate and matcha are such a harmonious pairing? They come together in a melt-in-your-mouth, perfect little package: The Nama Chocolate “Maccha,” made by Japanese confectioner Royce’. $18 for 20 pieces.
Multiple locations and online