Went to an interesting tea tasting at a relatively new tea shop on Broadway (Rt. 9) near Main St. in Tarrytown. The place is called Silver Tips (after the buds-only "white" darjeeling). Owner was very enthusiastic, well-spoken, well-informed (her family owns one of the largest and oldest tea farms in Darjeeling, so she should be) and generous with knowledge, expertise, tea and munchies (cheese stix and butterscotch biscuits-- both intensely flavored, both quite good). As I understand it, today's was their first (to be repeated next weekend), so it was an overview-- we tried a darjeeling, an assam, an oolong, a green, a flavored tea and a tisane (herbal). In future she will concentrate on one of these categories and go more in depth. (btw, there was no charge for any of this.) Presentation was well over an hour.
In general, it seems like a peaceful place for a cup and a munch with a book or companion, or to pick up tea paraphenalia and/or bulk tea of your choice, especially if you're in the nabe. Reminded me of the serene kind of place Jeremy wrote about enjoying in Soho.