Blank Slate Tea

Gorgeous teas and healthy, bright eats in Midtown

By Hannah Howard

When a space a few storefronts down Madison Avenue from Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen became available, they knew exactly what to do with it. Teas—from matcha to chai—had become more and more popular at their café. So they decided to devote a whole store to the art of the leaf, and Blank Slate Tea was born.

Just walking into the space feels like a giant exhale. One wall is a comforting pink; the other is emblazoned with colorful florals. The (pink!) banquettes are a comfy oasis from the bustle of Midtown South, and the tables are adorned with bright fresh flowers.
The menu echoes the vibrancy of the room. Stick with the pink theme and try the pink hummus toast, the house-made hummus getting its lovely hue from beets, which also impart an earthy flavor. Tangy goat cheese, sweet pomegranate molasses, and fresh mint create a balanced and crave-able dish, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a hearty snack. That’s how the menu is set up across the board—it’s thoughtful food perfect for any time, from a turmeric quinoa bowl to a greens and grains salad with herby vinaigrette to a rosemary focaccia sandwich with oozy burrata and juicy roasted tomatoes.

But we’d be remiss not to talk about Blank Slate’s namesake, the tea. They brew an impressive, artful variety of hot and iced concoctions. There are classic varieties like black, green, mint, and hibiscus, and a longer tea list for the adventurous connoisseur. There’s also a super refreshing matcha soda, seasonal tea and cold brew on tap, and a lineup of tea lattes, like masala chai and fragrant rose, which arrives topped with dried flower petals. The turmeric latte, made with oat milk, is a total treat topped with boba. Happy sipping!


8 AM–7 PM daily

price range

$9 (matcha yogurt bowl) to $13 (avocado burrata sandwich)