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Japanese-inspired teas & desserts since 2004
Tucked above and away from the hustle and bustle of NYC life, Cha-An is a second-floor haven for lovers of tea and Japanese treats.
Cha-An was established in 2004 by Japanese restauranteur Bon Yagi with the Japanese concept of omotenashi (a term for whole-hearted hospitality) in mind, and with wooden tables and tatami benches, washi-paper lamps and seasonal floral decorations, Cha-An looks and feels like a little piece of Japan.
Cha-An features not only matcha and senchas from Japan, but an extensive list of teas from all over the world as well. Whether you prefer Darjeeling Black Tea with milk or Tieguanyin Oolong Tea served in the Gongfu style, there is a tea for everyone and all are prepared with care. Cha-An is also popular for its desserts – while some, like the Hojicha Anmitsu and Yukimi Zenzai, are traditionally Japanese, desserts such as the Black Sesame Creme Brûlée blend the tastes of Japan with sweets of the West. Not to be overlooked are our savory dishes, which include several types of toasts that are made with thick slices of fluffy, house-baked bread.
Cha-An welcomes you to forget your worries, relax with a cup of tea, and savor our delicious food.
"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."
"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."
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..."
Time Out New York
"This tranquil teahouse is a great escape from the East Village crowds."
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."
Like a Local Guide
"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."