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Cha-An Japanese Tea House
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2014
This is my normal stop when I'm in NYC. Today will be my last. Poor service, food quality has gone downhill and dessert was burned.
Posted by ccd on 08/12/2009
Lovely tea house with darling waitresses. I Loved the jasmine green tea and the oolong , though I don't remember which one.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2009
I really like this place. We went to have lunch there too. For $10 you also get a pot of tea. Portion is not that big, but price is still reasonable for that area. If you have a big appetite, It's better to go to a restaurant first, and then have tea and dessert there. Their selection of teas and desserts are great. I think It's a good place to dine on sweets, if you still have room left after a meal. I would recommend this place. Will go again soon.
Posted by k linda on 07/27/2009
I was hesitant about ordering the desert because it seemed a little pricey. It turned out to be delicious. I would go again for the creme brulee alone. The place is a little small, but very intimate. The service was great. I can't wait to go again.
Posted by Noisy neighbor on cell phone.... on 07/15/2009
There was a woman who was speaking so LOUD on a cell phone I kindly requested her to tone it down. ( I really do hate people on cell phone in a restaurant) She simply said " SHUT UP!" The waitress saw everything and did nothing. said nothing. Although I do like this place, until they put " no-cell phone" notice, I will not go back. A real tea house should not allow cell phone usage in their sanctuary, as people go there to relax and unwind. I came out of Chan An more stressed.
Posted by epoh4 on 11/17/2008
Orginally we were going just for tea and some afternoon treats, but a hectic morning left me hungry and I eyed the menu for something more substantial. Their daily lunch special fit the bill perfectly, and at $10 (with tea) was a bargain to boot. The unagi don was delicious, beautifully presented and deeply satisfying. The dim sum we ordered additionally was OK, not particularly special. Do try the wonderful sweets here though. My friend's daughter, a particular eater, loved their dessert special of the day and the Earl Grey Chocolate Truffle Mochi was exquisite - so rich you need to share the plate of 3. Waitstaff was extremely gracious and friendlly, though getting our teapots refilled with water sometimes takes a little while. The room is tranquil and attractive, even with the steady stream of people arriving - though I can imagine at peak times how the crowds can be distracting. Will eat lunch before I go next time - so I will have room for all the wonderful tea and dessert items - but know I will enjoy the experience regardless.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2008
This place is indeed a little sanctuary within the hustle & bustle of this busy city. I haven't tried any of their savory dishes, but I do have to give 2 thumbs up for their desserts, especially their soufflé & black sesame crème brulée! Although, I do have to say that they are a little on the expensive side ($6 for 3 green tea truffles), but the service is great as usual with most Japanese places I've been to, & the ambiance gives off an air of relaxation. I feel like I'm in Kyoto. Also, don't be intimidated by a $7 tiny pot of tea...they keep refilling your pot until you leave at no extra charge! You can also sign up for pastry classes that take place the first 2 Mondays of every month for $50 (lunch & take-home pastries included). I think I'm going to sign up for their sakura mochi class in April.