Roji Tea Lounge in Syracuse, New York
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I love Roji. It’s the perfect place to go with one to five friends to talk. You can do the tatami room thing, or lounge on sofas or sit at a small table. I am personally in love with the rice balls, which is the only thing I ever want: they are very satisfying, and the delicately seasoned rice and savory seaweed wrapper enhance the tea instead of fighting with it. I love them so much (and so do my 20-something kids), that I’ve learned to make them myself. I’ve happily tried new teas at Roji, and bought a couple of ounces of something I really like. The quality is very high — better than I can get in bulk at Wegman’s, which is saying something. I love that it’s locally owned and operated, and caters to a young crowd. My favorite mid-winter treat is a trip to Roji for lapsang souchong and rice balls, about 4 in the afternoon. I’m always revived when I leave Roji.



Episcopal priest, hospital chaplain, mother of two 20-somethings, wife of college professor, writer and knitter. Never liked Lipton, and once I discovered green properly brewed I was hooked. Have been exploring teas as an enthusiastic novice for maybe 10 years or so. I tend to favor greens and oolongs, without sugar or milk or lemon. The taste of the tea itself is important to me, so I don’t do a lot of bubble teas. Once in a while, though, a bubble tea is just the thing. Fruit teas are something I normally avoid, as they are often too acidic. I’m open to try new shops, so will be looking for reviews of tea rooms in places I travel to, such as Minneapolis, Boston, NYC.


Syracuse, NY

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