The craze for matcha-flavored foods/beverages is totally in right now. If you love matcha, or simply want to join the so-called “matcha cult,” head over to Chalait (pronounced “chalet”)—a neighborhood café specializing in a signature line of matcha green tea beverages. Nestled in the heart of the West Village, Chalait has become an Instagram celebrity due to their beautiful matcha latte art—all their hot matcha lattes are finished with a cute foam heart!…
Although they’re most known for their matcha green tea beverages, they also boast a variety of specialty coffees and teas, as well as light breakfast and lunch options, ranging from tartines to sandwiches. Unfortunately, none of Chalait’s food items are gluten free; however, they do offer a gluten free and vegan cookie—dessert lovers, rejoice!
My friend and I decided to order one hot and one iced matcha green tea latte, and being a sweet tooth myself, I of course ordered the gluten free and vegan chocolate coconut cookie. Chalait’s tea lattes truly distinguished themselves from the overly-sweet and artificial chai tea lattes served at many chain cafés. The matcha flavor was definitely the star of the show, so for those who love the pure taste of matcha, look no further than Chalait’s matcha green tea beverages! The chocolate coconut cookie, although a little gummy in the middle, had a cake-like fluffiness at its edges and tasted like a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie or Almond Joy candy bar. The sweetness of the coconut flakes balanced the deep and rich notes of the dark cocoa—I definitely suggest this for chocolate lovers!
Chalait has a lot to offer—delicious tea and coffees, a friendly staff, and a laid back and modern atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing and high-quality ingredient matcha green tea drink, or looking to Instagram some beautiful pics of latte art, you should definitely head over to Chalait for a worthwhile experience.