Recent Press

An Avalanche of Japanese Shave Ice

"At Cha-An Teahouse, in the East Village of New York, Ms. Uematsu serves refreshing bowls of kakigori — the Japanese shave ice — as soon as the subway stations are hot and sticky."

The New York Times

#ChicEats: New York's Best Ice Cream Alternatives

"Hidden in the streets of the East Village, Cha-An is that elegant, somewhat undiscovered restaurant with a great menu and beautiful presentation that New Yorkers spend a lifetime looking for."

Harper's Bazaar

Where to Find the Best Mochi Desserts in New York

"The East Village teahouse serves one of the greatest mochi desserts the city has to offer. One of its standout creations is Mochi Mochi It’s a texture — and flavor — bomb in ice cream sundae form."


Best teahouses in New York City

"This tranquil teahouse is a great escape from the East Village crowds."

Time Out New York

Charming Tea House

"Cha-An's friendly staff and warm ambiance offer a welcome escape from busy New York life, without all the rush of most restaurants and cafes."

Like a Local Guide

On the second floor of a bustling East Village block, you’ll find one of the best tea rooms in New York, a haven dedicated to Japanese tea and home-style cooking. There’s plenty of matcha and sencha, of course, but Cha-An also sources teas from all over the world..."

Dining with Skyler - @nycdining
"The sponge cake was fluffy yet perfectly dense, the berries were fresh, and the mint and sorbet merged effortlessly making this dessert a great ending to my solo dining adventure."