When we were in NYC this last summer, we went to two different tea shops - David's Tea and Alice's Tea Cup. We were walking and just happened upon David's Tea and we really enjoyed it. I think the next day, we actually had breakfast at Alice's Tea Cup. At Alice's they used these special spongey things that keep the tea from dripping down the spout. I was intrigued by them, so I had to bring one home for both my sister, Susan, and myself. Susan is a big tea drinker.