Current booch selection: Kombucha Brooklyn (on tap)
Unique teas: Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose
96 St Mark’s Place in New York City—the address of Physical GraffiTea Tea Shop and purveyor of on-tap kombucha—is famous. The four-story, tenement-style building appears on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s landmark 1975 album, “Physical Graffiti,” and Mick Jagger sits on its stoop in the video for “Waiting On A Friend."
It was in the basement of that storied space that a vintage clothing store, also called Physical Graffiti, lived for 16 years until it was forced to shut down due to a bad economy in 2011. Owner Ilana Malka, however, turned a loss into an opportunity and decided to re-open Physical Graffiti as Physical GraffiTEA (the updated name hangs on a sign at the front). Thanks to her wise decision, New Yorkers have a cozy, intimate tea shop where they can hang out and drink kombucha fresh from the tap.
The booch that flows here is from Brooklyn Kombucha, and we love that it’s served in these big beer mugs. The flavors change weekly; on this day, Cherry Blossom was poured. It’s definitely more on the tart side but has a beautiful floral note that permeates. A really smooth booch.
We love how the past and present intersect so beautifully in this space. It’s at once old and new—which can certainly be said of kombucha itself.