Proper Cup Tea Room at Voracious Reader in Larchmont

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Voracious Reader’s sibling has arrived — and boy is she cute. According to owner Francine Lucidon, above, whose motto has always been about catering to young people “with an appetite for books,” the store’s new tea shop and lounge — it’s expanded into a space that formerly was a Scandinavian rug store — perfectly combines one’s passion for reading with space to hang out and mingle. The space is sunny, with pretty patterned vinyl tablecloths, book posters and seating for 15.

Left to right: Veronica Guerrero, Steve Mandracchia and Hillary Rubin.

It is meant to be a place where parents can “breathe” and slow down and enjoy time with their children, she says. It’s also a terrific — and cozy — venue for the many authors who come to the book store for readings. Tea and pastries are the focus — there are more than 20 different kinds of teas as well as scones, cupcakes, cookies and gluten-free pastries.

Also of note: coffee is made with a cold-drip process that creates a smoother, less acidic taste. There is also fresh lemonade served with a sprig of mint. Down the road, there might be finger sandwiches and salads. The chef is Steve Mandracchia, formerly of Larchmont Shore Club and executive chef at Trump Grill.

Details: 1999 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-630-4581; www.thevoraciousreader.com Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

— Story and photo by  Jeanne Muchnick

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