Cha-An Teahouse 茶菴

Cha-An Teahouse 茶菴

Tea Room, Japanese Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    "can't go wrong with their wide selection of tea and dessert."(9 Tips)
    Sophia L.
    "Black sesame creme brûlée and black sesame ice cream!"(7 Tips)
    Caroline D.
    "Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Toasts + Dessert Sampler are great!"(9 Tips)
    Stephanie M.
    "Tea-smoked salmon salad and earl gray chocolate mochi - amazing."(5 Tips)
188 Tips and reviews
  • tea
  • desserts
  • creme brûlée
  • green tea
  • cozy
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  • Erwin H.
    Erwin HosonoSeptember 6
    Very poor service. Not worth the visit. Disappointing.
  • Jasmine
    JasmineJuly 30
    Come here to be well-serviced and eat balanced portions of tiny and cute desserts. Top it off with a deluxe matcha latte.
  • Alex H.
    Tea, Japanese desserts, overall goodness.
  • Amanda T.
    Try the matcha sundae!
  • My Lists
    My ListsApril 18
    Mochi mochi, black sesame creme brûlée, hojicha anmitsu
  • Naisham J.
    Went here for appetizers. Very cute place
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisFebruary 16
    Cute little tea house. Excellent (matcha oriented) desserts. Loved the seasonal chestnut and sweet potato parfait with Assam tea jelly!
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoFebruary 1
    Super cute and quaint spot to chat with a friend or two. Of course, order the tea (incredible matcha) but don't disregard the food menu, especially the desserts and the tuna lunch special!
  • Соня Н.
    home made Mochi - the best of all
  • Chloe M.
    Chloe MaJanuary 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of sencha
  • Earn N.
    Earn NichaDecember 30, 2016
    Get the chef's selection dessert sampler :)
  • Drew 5.
    Drew 5November 12, 2016
    real teahouse. no gimmicks. desserts!!! simply delightful.
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannOctober 13, 2016
    Sweet and adorable but a tad pricey for tea and snacks
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeSeptember 12, 2016
    The chakura set is fantastic value for money if you want savory japanese food
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangAugust 29, 2016
    Really cute date spot and amazing black sesame ice cream!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordJuly 3, 2016
    Lavender mint tea
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordJuly 3, 2016
    Ring the bell to go upstairs...cozy atmosphere!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BramhillJune 24, 2016
    Their genmaicha and hojicha teas are my favorites. Authentic Japanese teahouse. Great food, friendly staff (who can always give a good recommendation).
  • Ziyi G.
    Ziyi GuoMarch 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good place to have a rest, read books or talk with friends
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoMarch 15, 2016
    Get the dessert sampler!
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniMarch 15, 2016
    Get the tuna tataki donburi, the smoked salmon toast, and the sesame creme brulee. The tea is very good as well.
  • Ann L.
    Ann LMarch 14, 2016
    Lovely place!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengMarch 13, 2016
    Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Toasts + Dessert Sampler are great!
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiMarch 7, 2016
    The green tea parfait was beautiful to behold and delightful to consume.
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiMarch 7, 2016
    The restroom is an experience in itself.
  • JP
    JPMarch 7, 2016
    Bento Box B, for one. Includes tea and dessert.
  • Rudy V.
    Rudy ValentaFebruary 21, 2016
    Get the creme brûlée or else.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McFaddenFebruary 18, 2016
    Dessert: Unique takes on local favorites. Tea: abounding in variety and quality.
  • Sung H.
    Sung HwangFebruary 14, 2016
    Come here for tea and dessert.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 24, 2016
    A nice element to Little Tokyo, but overpriced and a bit shabby.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJanuary 19, 2016
    Deluxe matcha latte is straight fire
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJanuary 14, 2016
    Cha-An is flan-tastic! If your sweet tooth is kicking in, try the silky Earl Grey Flan and compliment it with a cup of warm tea.
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LiuDecember 30, 2015
    Black sesame creme brûlée and black sesame ice cream! Included in the Chef's Selection Dessert Sampler pictured.
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.December 23, 2015
    Desserts are good, but food is overpriced.
  • Lydia D.
    Lydia DingDecember 19, 2015
    Homemade Mochi. All the flavors are divine. Definitely a must have :3
  • Ekin T.
    Ekin TumerOctober 21, 2015
    Mochi mochi for eva
  • Steff H.
    Steff HindOctober 20, 2015
    One of the best tea houses on the city. Don't just come for the desserts they have great savory snacks too
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerOctober 16, 2015
    If you love green tea and desserts, you must visit here. So delicious!!! Place is rather small so you may have to wait if you're unlucky.
  • Maureen B.
    Maureen BonsignoreOctober 10, 2015
    Go for the full icecream and red bean matcha float.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BezverkhaOctober 2, 2015
    Pricey, overcrowded but cool. Check it out for yourself!
  • Yesh G.
    Yesh GyeltshenSeptember 18, 2015
    This place is very cute and it has nice atmosphere to chill with your girlfriends their matcha tea😍
  • Mina R.
    Mina RSeptember 14, 2015
    Superb desert menu. Love the mochi in red bean porridge
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MSeptember 8, 2015
    Tea-smoked salmon salad and earl gray chocolate mochi - amazing. Get a Kago set bento box! Be prepared to wait if you don't get there right when it opens but it'll be worth it!
  • Ronni
    RonniSeptember 5, 2015
    I had the dessert sampler for my sweet tooth, French toast and pearl tea, everything hit the spot esp the ice cream
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 1, 2015
    The decor alone gives this place a great setting for enjoying some tea. The mochi they serve is the high class one, you won't be able to go back to the one you find in supermarkets.
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuJune 6, 2015
    Tea, lunch unagi, can't go wrong!
  • tina b.
    tina beansMay 21, 2015
    Refined, elegant and quiet Japanese-style tea room also serving light meals. Full-service. Limited seating.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RoMay 21, 2015
    Ice cream, cake, deserts
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoMay 13, 2015
    Cute authentic japanese treats & assortment of teas
  • Sveta K.
    Sveta KotletaApril 28, 2015
    Great selection of Japanese teas and desserts
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NgApril 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot to catch up with small eats, dessert, and a great selection of tea and proper(!) brewing setups.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 15, 2015
    I absolutely love everything about this place. Japanese comfort food at its finest.
  • Analee K.
    Analee KasudiaApril 5, 2015
    The Hojicha Anmitsu is the perfect answer for a light dessert.
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinApril 4, 2015
    Matcha latte
  • Rommy N.
    Rommy NalonApril 4, 2015
    Everything is good if you like Japanese cooking and desserts. Good for dates
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Black Sesame Creme Brulee (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Cherry Blossom Flan (via @Foodspotting)
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaMarch 17, 2015
    The only thing I love from the sampler was black sesame pudding. Gotta go back for more.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngMarch 8, 2015
    Cash only doe. Okayu set
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterMarch 7, 2015
    Cozy Jap teahouse w/delicately prepared bentos, donburis, toasts, & desserts. Black sesame creme brûlée is the usual pick but my sweet tooth prefers the Mixed berry Parfait w/ fab flavors & textures
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 22, 2015
    Their desserts are amazing. I especially like the black sesame creme brulee & chocolate mochi. They have a great list of teas as well.
  • Linda S.
    Linda SumJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the dessert sampler with your favorite tea.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJanuary 16, 2015
    Favorite tea/calming food spot in New York. Not over priced, authentic and genuine food, good atmosphere, what more to ask?!
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChongJanuary 12, 2015
    Overpriced tea. Green tea parfait is pretty bomb tho. Also ladies.. Check out their toilet!!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LeazerJanuary 3, 2015
    A little on the expensive side but the tea is excellent and their black sesame deserts are the best!!!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaDecember 10, 2014
    Get a pot of tea and the sesame crème brulé
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    Great for tea and desserts!
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynNovember 22, 2014
    Good desserts, annoying clientele
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 17, 2014
    This casual, cash-only Japanese tea room is notable for its tea, but also for its desserts. If you’re not looking for anything sweet, then come here before 6pm and grab a seat. Read more
  • Beata Y.
    Beata YangNovember 16, 2014
    Green Tea Parfait -$11
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuNovember 12, 2014
    The matcha green tea is steep but worth every penny
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 5, 2014
    Best Japanese breakfast/lunch/dinner sets. Amazing creative Japanese dessert. Lots of tea.
  • Jaclyn L.
    Jaclyn LamOctober 30, 2014
    Dessert here is great and very cozy. Even though it's small toy still don't feel crowded
  • emma
    emmaOctober 28, 2014
    The lavender mint tea is sweet and refreshing, a must try. The raspberry chocolate soufflé is heavenly, served at the perfect temperature. Only downside of this place is that they accept cash only.
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraOctober 17, 2014
    The tea such a wonderful array of notes, this definitely a place to get quality tea and escape from the world for a little while.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemSeptember 25, 2014
    Excellent ambiance and extra friendly staff. Get the Chef's selection dessert sampler to taste their many different desserts. Be ready for a green tea & black sesame overload.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 22, 2014
    Try this East Village Japanese restaurant. Order the house-made white bread, generously sliced and spiked with tea smoked salmon or red bean butter. Read more
  • Irene Y.
    Irene YSeptember 22, 2014
    The black sesame icecream on cremebrulee is a must try!!!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanSeptember 12, 2014
    Get the dessert sampler and share it
  • Pedro G.
    Pedro GuedesAugust 16, 2014
    This casual, cash-only Japanese tea room is notable for its tea, but also for its desserts.
  • Adil I.
    Adil IbrahimAugust 11, 2014
    Loved their green tea smoked salmon! Loved the greens, the sauce, the very thick toast, and the salmon itself. The ambiance was great, as well. Forego the team/dessert. Get the 6 seater private room!
  • Adil I.
    Adil IbrahimAugust 11, 2014
    The ambiance is great/authentic! The tea/dessert was way below expectations. My White Peony tea was more astringent than white tea ever should be, and the sesame seed creme brûlée was not good at all.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    A cash-only tea house situated just outside of Saint Mark's, Cha-An has a dizzying list of teas, desserts, and bites. It's a solid choice for a date or an intimate conversation.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FoxAugust 9, 2014
    Tea selection is great and the small plates are homey and kind of comforting in their simplicity.
  • Joyful B.
    Joyful BellyAugust 8, 2014
    Home of my favorite dessert in the City, the black sesame creme brulee. Lovely ambiance, fascinating drinks and desserts.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkAugust 5, 2014
    Black sesame creme brulee is my favorite dessert ever. The perfect amount of sweetness and not too heavy.
  • Jenny
    JennyJune 13, 2014
    Cute & quiet ambience tea house with a good selection of tea and desserts. Lunch special is until 6PM.
  • JR N.
    JR NewMay 31, 2014
    Sake ice cream. 'Nuff said.
  • Kelsey C.
    Kelsey CookMay 26, 2014
    Sakura Flan, Black Sesame Crème Brûlée. That's all you need to know.
  • Cecilia S.
    Cecilia SchudelMay 24, 2014
    Come here for a retreat from the otherwise noisy East Village. Loved the attentive service and unlimited refills of tea--try the Jasmine Pearls green!
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungMay 21, 2014
    Savory sets! Wild rice porridge, root vegetables, braised tofu, smoked salmon are underrated and delicious. Comfort food above the din of Saint Mark's.
  • Cindy W.
    Cindy WongMay 14, 2014
    Japanese style tea cafe
  • Dina
    DinaApril 29, 2014
    Great option for after lunch/pre dinner hours- opens at 2pm. A small but nice menu with daily specials/large tea menu. For desert, get scones - amazing! A perfect place to come with a book and relax.
  • Susanna A.
    Susanna AnApril 13, 2014
    The appetizer sampler!
  • SiChang O.
    SiChang OuyangMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea smoked salmon is awesome
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CFebruary 15, 2014
    perfect for tea and small bites
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Melon Flan -
  • Nicholas D.
    Nicholas DoyleJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to order a tea served "Gung-Fu" style, a ceremonial style where you get to steep the tea yourself several times to take in all the delicate, nuanced favors.
  • Dayan
    DayanDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    black sesame ice cream the best
  • Chris M.
    Chris McManusDecember 4, 2013
    Get dessert!!!!
  • Yoonji W.
    Yoonji WooJanuary 31, 2014
    Amazing black sesame crème brulée
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