Tea Places: Cha-An

On Valentine’s Day, the boyfriend and I took in a Ranger’s game and then went for a wander around NYC. After dinner at Lucky’s Famous Burgers, I needed a cup of tea to help warm up for the winter cold. We decided to try to get into Cha-An. It’s been on my must do list for a while. We actually had to wait for about 45 minutes. It was very crowded and the tables were a little bit closer together than I like but it is always a good sign when a restaurant is that popular.

The inside was smaller than I had imagined but they certainly make the most out of the space they have. They’ve managed to fit an actual Japanese tea house inside of their tea house! I ordered a pot of sencha and Mike had a pot of oolong. I was pleased to see that my sencha was served in a kyusu. We each had the chocolate souffle with raspberry sauce and they were exquisite. Just two words of warning, they only take cash and the toilet in the women’s room is the most complicated piece of machinery I have ever had to operate in a restaurant :). I definitely intend to make a return trip to have a tea ceremony.

My name is Nicole and I love tea...a lot! I have been writing about my love of the leaf since 2008. My work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. I am the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.