April 6, 2004
Takashimaya New York is a small-scale version of a very large department store in Japan transplanted into New York. Its website is in Japanese. It's a very chic and trendy place.
The first floor has a miniature botanical garden. Each floor has a different theme, selling cosmetics, flowers and garden, gifts and gadgets, kitchenware and tableware, tea and supplies. There's a beautiful antique cabinet for $45,000.
There's a spa on the sixth floor offering a popular Sea Creation facial for $250 that lasts 80 minutes.
I bought a beautiful tin of Cigare Au Thé milk-tea-flavored rolled cookies and something completely frivolous, a decision maker. The tins that enclose these cookies are indeed quite beautiful and the designs are changed every year. My friend buys them as gifts for others.
I felt completely out of place in that department store, but the nicely designed cookie tin is affordable and in the basement floor where the Tea Box Café is located. The tins are quite attractive enough to buy as gifts or to treat yourself with; they are in the mid-$20 range.
They were giving away taste samples of their cake going for $35. You really have to have quite a bit of disposable income to live in or visit NYC, and particularly to shop at this place.
Toll-free: (888) NYC-BLOO, Phone: (212) 350-0100, florist: (212) 350-0111, fax: (212) 587-5729, and the Tea Box Café: (212) 350-0179
Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday noon to 5pmSubway Stops: E, F, N, R to 5th Ave; 6 to 51st St.
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