Dobra Tea Room on Lexington Avenue remains a popular place to relax with a pot of hot tea, sure. It also makes for a perfectly quiet nook in which to cool down.
Fans of matcha, the antioxidant-rich, metabolism-boosting powdered green tea, might want to try the cool and bracing Forest Dragon, a concoction that “provides gentle luck and fierce flavor,” according to the menu. We don’t find the flavor to be too jarring, as the description might suggest (for that matter, we’d almost prefer our luck to be fierce — we think). The matcha, howver, does provides a strong jolt of caffeine that imparts a less jittery feeling than espresso.
To make the drink, Dobra combines matcha with flash-infused jasmine green teas, topped off with rice milk, fresh mint and ground cardamom, then sweetened with local honey.
Want to double your green-tea pleasure? Dobra now offers ice cream made by the folks at the Hop Ice Cream Café using the tea room’s own matcha. 78 N. Lexington Ave. 575-2424 http://www.dobrateanc.com