OK, I know about Modus Vivendi in Forest Hills, but I kind of hate how they serve their tea--leaves in the pot, no way to strain them out after they've steeped for 5 minutes, so the liquor gets bitter if you're lingering over an afternoon. I know green tea aficionados do it this way, but when it's an apricot-flavored black tea, this is just wrong.
And then they give you a spring-loaded diffuser to pour it through. Now, admittedly, watching some patrons try to deal with this gracefully is funny--they don't know enough about tea to realize this hard-to-handle little spring-loaded thing is not intended as a pour-through strainer--but you'd think a mostly-Asian staff would have more of a clue.
Any chowhounds know of a place in Queens (preferably not too far from Queens Boulevard, somewhere between Forest Hills and Long Island City) that does tea right? If they've got food too (which Modus Vivendi does), I'm even happier.