Podunk reminds me of my old dollhouse. Mismatched table and chairs fill the cozy room. The walls are covered with doodads: little shelves, bird houses, mirrors, photographs, small paintings. I even spotted a straw hat hanging near the register. Teapots and tea cups of all shapes and sizes are tucked in little cubbyholes. A blue dollhouse sits on top of a refrigerator.
Podunk is the perfect place to read a book while wearing a big sweater and gingerly sipping your rose oolong or vanilla chai. The tea room is very small so, I do not recommend bringing a large party.
Elspeth Treadwell owns Podunk and she greets you with a smile and freshly baked scones. Her name sounds like it was picked right out of a story book. My English grandmother always gave me books of nursery rhymes. Elspeth reminds me of the title character in The Old Woman Who lived in a Shoe. She has a mop of wiry grey hair, tied back in a pony tale. She wears black, wiry spectacles, which are small and circular. Elspeth is a warm, cheery granny to all who enter her little nook. Stepping into Podunk, you leave New York City and enter Elspeth’s world of mini-tea pies and Earl Grey.
Podunk - 231 East 5th Street, Between Second & Third Avenues - East Village — (212) 677-7722 11:00PM-8:00PM