FROM FOOD WRITER ERICA MARCUS
If you’re looking to stock up on tea for the winter, head to Northport. With 240 varieties, Clipper Ship has one of the largest selections of loose-leaf tea on Long Island, and you can see all the gleaming canisters along one long wall of this spacious shop. Owner Melissa Wawrzonek stocks everything from the highest-end greens and blacks to herbal infusions, Ayurvedic teas (Indian “health” teas) and flavored teas. Tea to-go rules at Clipper Ship: There are no seats, but the staff will expertly brew you a cup of any of “teas to go” for $3.20. There is also a wide range of tea-making equipment and accessories, as well as dozens of single-variety honeys from Suffolk County, New Zealand and spots in between.
80 Main St., Northport; 631-651-2764, clippershipteaco.com
FROM RESTAURANT CRITIC MELISSA MCCART
With autumn in the air, it’s time for soup, especially pho — beef broth studded with star anise and clove. The Rolling Spring Roll sells a seductive version with rice noodles, chicken, beef, seafood or vegetables ($8 to $18 for small, medium, large or extra large), layered with scallions, a handful of bean sprouts, a few slices of jalapeño and torn basil leaves. Top off a visit with a cafe du monde. Sweetened with condensed milk, this Vietnamese coffee drips into your glass as it brews ($4).
189 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-586-6097; 228 W. Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-677-9090