I visited this place for brunch. It was a bit out of the way for us (we were staying in Midtown) but we were meeting some friends of mine. As it was, we were the first there at the appointed time of 10am on a Sunday. An hour later, my friends arrived. I do give props to the staff for letting me squat a table for nearly half an hour. Anyway, the tea. They have an extensive tea menu, with over 75 varieties of tea. If I lived in the neighborhood, it would be a good place to go in the mornings just to chill out with a big mug. I had the Black Velvet tea (ginseng, peppermint, licorice, and China black tea), which was a great morning blend. I believe they get their teas from serendipiTea.
Roebling seems to be ideal for breakfast and brunch, and fairly popular at that. I had the steel cut oats with fruit, expensive at $6.75. Back home in DC, Teaism serves steel cut oats with some fruit for $5 (for that price at Roebling, you get plain). I also ordered a side of bacon, cooked to perfection. The service was good and not too imposing. Would I return? Probably not… like I said, while easily accessible by subway, it is a bit out of the way if you are staying in Midtown. The feeling I get from this place is that it happens to be a restaurant with a large tea menu as an afterthought. Come here for brunch. Don’t come here if you are intent on having tea.