You have to climb a flight of stairs and peek behind a curtain to find this tranquil teahouse, which offers a succession of deftly crafted plates accompanied by a thoughtful list of teas and sake. Each night features two special “sets” that take you from an amuse-bouche like creamy soy-milk quiche through a selection of tiny bites (pickled eggplant, marinated lotus root), to entrées such as tea-smoked salmon with sliced radish, Dijon mustard and tarragon. It's a great escape from the East Village crowds.
Cha An Japanese Tea House
|Venue name:||Cha An Japanese Tea House||Contact:|
230 E 9th St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 2–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average tea: $5. Cash only|