Why This NYC Restaurant is Charging $120 for Tea

Why This NYC Restaurant is Charging $120 for Tea

And something tells us they're tempted to jack up the price even higher now

By Salma Abdelnour

Everyone's favorite comfort-drink, good old tea, isn't usually at the center of roiling news events. (Well, there was that little tea party in Boston.) But tea is now emerging as a star player in an absurd new twist to the "Pharma-Bro" story.

Remember the Pharma-Bro? The 32-year-old former hedge fund manager, Martin Shkreli, was arrested for securities fraud back in December, and also made news when his now-bankrupt company Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of the AIDS and cancer drug Daraprim by 5000 percent. (Shkreli is also the guy who won the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million in an auction—much to the outrage of many Wu-Tang fans, although RZA sort of defended Shkreli in an interview this week.)

Now here's where the tea comes in. Somehow, Shkreli also found time to date extravagantly during his eventful fall season. In a Washington Post essay this week, Jacklyn Collier, who met him on Tinder last fall (and initially didn't believe he was the same guy splashed all over the headlines), reveals that on their date, he ordered a $120 cup of green tea at the Manhattan Japanese restaurant Brushstroke.

So, what's up with that tea? Yahoo Food investigated, and discovered that the rare green tea recently won a prestigious medal in Japan and is now being brought into the States by tea importer Kettl. Is it worth the $120? We haven't tried it, though we have a feeling the price tag is going to creep up after all this notoriety. Hopefully not by 5000 percent.


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