Cha An Japanese Tea House

Restaurants, Tea rooms East Village
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Cha An Japanese Tea House

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.



Venue name: Cha An Japanese Tea House
Address: 230 E 9th St
New York
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
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Ariel F

Cha An is an amazing little hideaway in the East Village. It's incredibly authentic, not to mention a must for tea connoisseurs and anyone with a sweet tooth. They do offer dinner, but I love going here for just dessert and tea - the dessert menu could stand alone.

The desserts are incredible and creative, and offer a variety of Japanese flavors. You'll find house made mochi stuffed with chocolate and green tea mousse, red bean porridge, and at my most recent visit, a praline parfait which was rich in both flavor and texture.

It's super small, and sometimes music from the bars downstairs will thump through the floor later in the evening, but it's a cozy, wonderful, and delicious spot to visit!

Paula G

There's nothing else like it this side of Tokyo. If you want a real Japanese experience, this is it!

Kazuko O

Cha An is first of all Authentic. The sensitive design of the walls, floor, restrooms, lighting, music, service and every dish served has been given utmost care and detailed attention. I highly recommend Cha An. Besides the excellent quality, affordable delicacies, this Tea House offers a restful oasis in NYC; Something everyone can benefit.


Definitely my favorite tea house in the city. The unagi and tuna donburi bowls are super yummy and affordable at $15 that comes with tea. At $3 more, you can get a small matcha pudding for dessert. The service is great and very attentive. The place is quite tiny so i recommend going in the off-hours around 2 or 3 o'clock. Will be going back!