Radiance Tea House & Books

Tea Room and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Journo G.
    Journo GirlAugust 10
    The lunch special bento box dumpling sampler was amazing! $14. Very satisfying. Also the tea was refreshing & relaxing $9. I love the atmosphere. I came in after 11am and beat the rush.
  • Hind R.
    Hind RMay 25
    I love atmosphere, the chicken wantons. Their assorted cheesecake tastes so good so as their Mochi. We tried the three flower tea on a rainy cold day, it was perfect.
  • Tricia T.
    Tricia TanguyApril 29
    Been here 5+ times
    Relaxing, authentic, and absolutely lovely! Take a break from the crazy pace of midtown and enjoy their great selection of teas!
  • Theresa R.
    Good soup pork dumplings and mango ice cream. Very broad tea selection.
  • Angela Isabel
    Very, very overpriced dishes, lack of communication, lots of mistakes
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeDecember 12, 2016
    Egg tofu and the spicy fish tofu casserole are my fav food items. The ginger milk tea is revitalizing!
  • Hector
    HectorNovember 6, 2016
    Wellness soup hits the spot. Extensive tea selection. Service could be better.
  • Laurea d.
    Laurea de OcampoSeptember 1, 2016
    Midtown oasis. Quiet, spacious tables, nice tea selection and solid Chinese food
  • Samantha K.
    Samantha KrayslaMay 25, 2016
    The tea is amazing. I am vegetarian they had amazing options. Bok Choy was delicious and eggplant too.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.May 6, 2016
    Pricey - but damn those dumplings are good.
  • Jenna U.
    Jenna UllrichApril 28, 2016
    No bubble tea here!
  • Nick D.
    Nick DouglasApril 15, 2016
    While the tea and atmosphere are lovely, service is slow, so budget out a lot of time.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MaMarch 13, 2016
    Great selection of teas
  • Karissa D.
    Karissa DurlerJanuary 14, 2016
    A gorgeous tea house! Soup dumplings are fantastic. And they have lots of cool books!
  • Nikhil S.
    Nikhil SudanDecember 17, 2015
    Tea. Biscuits. Dumplings.
  • Anu J.
    Anu JayasingheDecember 2, 2015
    The Dong Ding Mountain Oolong tea was one of the best oolong teas I've had.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxSeptember 29, 2015
    What a wonderful space! Savory and delicious bento boxes, a bounteous tea selection, and books!
  • Timelessnomad
    TimelessnomadAugust 13, 2015
    This may be my new go-to place to destress. Relax with a pot of tea and some dumplings. Tons of teas to choose from and you can buy loose tea to take home. Lovely little biscuits as well.
  • Danny C.
    Danny ChiaoJune 28, 2015
    pork belly buns, barbeque pork buns, and teas are on point. beautiful place.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 15, 2015
    An amazing list of different type of teas. Ask your server with preferences as you most likely have no clue what any tea is
  • tina b.
    tina beansMay 21, 2015
    Religious/spiritual group affiliations aside, this place is a very relaxing and enjoyable Chinese-style tea parlor with tasty snacks and small plates.
  • minnie m.
    minnie mMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken noodles are the best!!!
  • Holiday
    HolidayFebruary 28, 2015
    Tea! Impressive tea collection including oriental beauty. Yummy lunch boxes too. Will be back to try green tea soba and a few more items on menu. Great staff as well.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SteinkeFebruary 27, 2015
    Fabulous gem in the heart of midtown. Didn't try any food but the menu looked fantastic. Tea selection is the most in depth I've ever seen.
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluFebruary 7, 2015
    If you want to try green tea, try the Dragon Well. It's a cute quite place and great for conversing with friends. They also have a library inside.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CohenJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    North Midtown oasis. Great place to relax, read or play a board game.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichaelNovember 14, 2014
    The Moroccan mint tea was great. Be sure to order the soupy pork dumplings!
  • Arkadiy K.
    Arkadiy KukarkinJuly 25, 2014
    Overpriced even for its class and slower service than I could have imagined. Really wanted to like this place.
  • Connie
    ConnieJuly 19, 2014
    Come for the lunch special dumpling bento box and order a pot of authentic Chinese tea. Peaceful and relaxing sanctuary helps you escape the hustle/bustle outside.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KJune 7, 2014
    The "Crystal Shrimp Dumplings" are very good!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterMarch 30, 2014
    Get Wellness soup, chicken & woodear mushroom, handmade pork & vegetable dumplings & Chrysanthemum & E. Journey teas. Head to Radiance in E Midtown for more upscale, "wellness-themed" Canto dishes.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KuoMarch 24, 2014
    Their teas and desserts are great but their food is hit or miss. Our BBQ pork buns came undercooked and doughy.
  • Theresa K.
    Theresa K.February 11, 2014
    Get the dumplings.
  • Abhishek R.
    Abhishek ReddyFebruary 1, 2014
    Everything is good here!
  • nous mangeons
    nous mangeonsJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Soupy pork dumplings lunch box! So good!
  • Abiola A.
    Abiola AbramsNovember 13, 2013
    Veggie dumplings. Yes. Spinach and mushrooms. Yes!
  • Anish B.
    Anish BNovember 9, 2013
    Tranquility in midtown!
  • E B.
    E BOctober 2, 2013
    Try the summer treasure tea!
  • Bette H.
    Bette HaAugust 4, 2013
    Great prices for menu items, service was a little slow.
  • TK ..
    TK .July 15, 2013
    Such a charming, serene tea house in the middle of crazy and loud midtown. Service is gracious, if slow. I'll be back--this was a human place!
  • Cassandra
    CassandraJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite tea spot in Midtown. Quiet, peaceful, lovely bites and a tea list that's divine.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MillerJune 27, 2013
    This is one of the best restaurants
  • Kelly Ann G.
    Kelly Ann GonzalesJune 13, 2013
    You can get tea to go from here! They make it quite quickly. Iced mint tea is perfect on a hot midtown day ;)
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LeJune 7, 2013
    Overpriced. Small portions. Lots of rain.
  • Angela R.
    Angela RMay 24, 2013
    Try the ocean breeze tea. Very smooth. No need for sugar
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea J.May 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great atmosphere. Soupy dumplings and iced teas are the best.
  • Alaia W.
    Alaia WilliamsApril 30, 2013
    Yummy shrimp wontons and lavender tea
  • pai
    paiApril 23, 2013
    My client just told me about their new 208 East 50th St location. Healthy Chinese food e.g. Goji berries + dates thrown in. Chinese herbal soups. One of few places in NYC where you can buy Pu'er tea!
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherApril 7, 2013
    At $9, the Green Tea Cold Noodles is perhaps the most budget-friendly of the larger dishes, to make for a filling meal.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LaiMarch 25, 2013
    Try the Ancient Path tea!!
  • WP Theater
    WP TheaterMarch 19, 2013
    The second show for our 2012-2013 season has started so it's a pretty stressful time for us. This is the perfect place for us to relax and find the most calming tea on the menu!
  • Theron J.
    Theron JonesMarch 12, 2013
    Great Atmosphere & Food...
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan M.March 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Green tea utopia dessert. Don't leave without one.
  • Niaree D.
    Niaree DFebruary 22, 2013
    There is no boba. None. I repeat. No boba.
  • Hunter B.
    Hunter BoyleFebruary 17, 2013
    Food and tea are still quite good. Service this time was horrible. So bad it might be our last visit. Painfully slow, wrong order, not good at making any amends. #Fail
  • E C.
    E CabreraFebruary 15, 2013
    Lunch rush seems to be terrible now which I guess means they throw reservations out the window??? This was great back in the day...
  • Jenny Z.
    Jenny ZimmermanDecember 25, 2012
    White Monkey tea is fab. Very gentile and soul-fortifying stop in a frenetic city.
  • Wei
    WeiAugust 25, 2012
    Don't come here. They support Chinese cults.
  • Victoria
    VictoriaAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Peach paradise - ice tea!! And mochi plate
  • Steve K.
    Steve KoJune 10, 2012
    They serve boba here!
  • Andre R.
    Andre RibeiroApril 21, 2012
    Such a great experience.
  • Leon S.
    Leon SmithApril 2, 2012
    The chicken wontons are phenomenal.
  • Nico V.
    Nico V.March 11, 2012
    Oasis in Midtown. Get there and then Zen.
  • Kunal K.
    Kunal KundajeJanuary 21, 2012
    Great place to hang out with friends on a relaxed weekend afternoon, and sample a wide variety of interesting tea.
  • Lauren V.
    Lauren VictoriaJanuary 8, 2012
    Hot almond milk tea. Cold wellness elixir tea. Really good.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Shrimp Avocado - Great choice
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Steamed Egg Custard
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Gen Mai Cha - Delicious and unique
  • Winter L.
    Winter LNovember 26, 2011
    Fresh baked earl grey tea cookie with ice cream :)
  • Martha B.
    Martha BurzynskiNovember 15, 2011
    Seriously Zen. Delicious after the chaos of MoMA on the weekends.
  • Jessamine d.
    Jessamine del RosarioNovember 8, 2011
    It's not the same without Dan. Get him as your waiter if you can.
  • Abby S.
    Abby SimesAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The soupy pork dumplings will change your life!
  • China Daily USA
    China Daily USAAugust 10, 2011
    Tucked away near Times Square, the Tea House is good for a tea break, lunch, brunch, or if you just want to browse their book selection.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WagnerAugust 8, 2011
    The Signature Noodles are just right--delicious and filling without being greasy. Read more
  • Julie L.
    Julie LeungAugust 2, 2011
    The salmon salad with mango is divine. But small-portioned, alas.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CJuly 6, 2011
    If you don't know what to order, ask Dan. Amazingly helpful. A calm oasis in midtown, come here to hide from tsquare tourists.
  • Muberra
    MuberraMay 19, 2011
    Avocado salad is very good and try healthy tea menu...switter tea pot is so big for two.
  • Pamela S.
    Pamela SApril 12, 2011
    Great tea!
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Homemade Vegetarian Dumplings - Healthy can also taste soo good!
  • Hazel M.
    Hazel MonfortonFebruary 18, 2011
    Have the fruit and flower tea. Roses, pears, hibiscus, mangoes... Beautiful!
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MalzoneFebruary 4, 2011
    The Shrimp & Avocado dish is HEAVENLY!
  • Payton S.
    Payton SwensonJanuary 5, 2011
    Sit down! Try the Osmanthus Oolong!
  • Julia K.
    Julia KDecember 26, 2010
    Amazing, but overpriced :( especially the teapots for two. The dumplings, although $8 a portion, are delicious and worth trying. Chicken with spicy sauce and soupy pork are the best!
  • Mary C.
    Mary CatanzaroNovember 23, 2010
    Lovely place with delicious and very fresh food. Make sure you have time for a leisurely lunch though as the service is very slow.
  • Elektra D.
    Elektra DiggidyNovember 7, 2010
    This place is so cute. Rice balls and mochi cookies are great. Tea of course too!
  • Cassel K.
    Cassel KrollOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the soupy dumplings.
  • Tara
    TaraOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken dumplings are fabulous, could eat here everyday! Ask for extra miso sauce. Try the Ginger milk tea iced- Delish!
  • E B.
    E BSeptember 21, 2010
    Try their Green Tea ice cream... yummy
  • NTD
    NTDAugust 9, 2010
    Go to Radiance Tea House during the Classic Tea Tastings. Ask for Home made cookies. Read more
  • Jenelle
    JenelleJuly 24, 2010
    Really pretty and relaxed place. Great for a lunch date. Food and tea are wonderful, try the dumpling box lunch special. And Dan is a great waiter, expect great service from him!
  • Cassel K.
    Cassel KrollJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Serves Silver Needle, the caviar of white tea.
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KiersteadJune 27, 2010
    super cute Japanese tea house
  • Dave N.
    Dave NuckollsJune 13, 2010
    Didn't expect to like this so much! Tea was delish! Get the dumpling combo and some cold noodles!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WangJune 5, 2010
    Dan makes the experience here a cut above.
  • beth h.
    beth harrisMarch 22, 2010
    Drink a thai iced tea, eat dumplings and relax near MoMA! Read more
  • Khoa P.
    Khoa PhanJanuary 23, 2010
    Dan is intense about tea... I like it! Get him as your waiter.
  • giri c.
    giri conetiJanuary 15, 2010
    Grapefruit agar!!!!!
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KDecember 6, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    purple yam
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KDecember 6, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Radiance Tea House and
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LinOctober 12, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Free WiFi is only from 2:30 to 5 pm.
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