(Can you believe this is our 150th post? It seems like just yesterday when Diana and I decided to chronicle our eating escapades for both ourselves and the world, because the best thing to share in life is a good meal, and boy do we love sharing!)
Saturday, Thanan and I saw a psychic in Chinatown and went to grab some afternoon tea in St. Mark's to ponder the psychic's revelations for us. I knew just the perfect spot: Cha-An.
The tea shop is tiny rectangular room located atop a narrow set of stairs. We were told a thirty minute wait, but the best thing about Cha-An is that they take down your name AND number, so you can wander around the area, and they call you when your seats are ready. Thanan and I watched dogs at nearby Tompkins Park for 30 minutes, where I decided that my future dog will be a chowchow. They are just so goshdarn adorable.
I ordered the afternoon tea set which came with your choice of any tea, excluding three specific ones (matcha, tieguanyin and twelve trees oolong), so I picked the flower craft green tea. Being a bit slow that afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a flowering tea (duh, seems so obvious, I know)!
The tea took just a couple minutes to completely bloom, which, the waitress instructed, would be the sign that the tea was ready to drink!
|Hot and refreshing!|
Thanan also ordered the black sesame creme brulee which came with a gorgeous black sesame tuile cookie.
|Beneath the smokey grey black sesame ice cream was the creme brulee: a crispy layer of bitter-sugar crust and a creamy bottom. It's pretty fantastic, as in pretty and fantastic.|
|The Cha-An sweets set: scone, pound cake and cookies.|
|Plenty moist with a pretty almond topping. The green color was noted in appearance but not in taste.|
|The macaron was crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and had a good chunk of chocolate filling. Thanan wasn't a fan, but I liked it. I think I like just about any macarons, with or without chocolate ganache.!|
|A citrusy cake slice with tender crumb and bits of orange zest.|
|Crunchy chocolate shortbread.|
We spent about an hour in the shop, sipping tea and taking small bites out of our delicate Japanese desserts. I think it makes a great spot to stop for an afternoon chat accompanied by charming pastries (including mochi truffles!) and delicious teas.
As an added bonus, they have a terrific toilet in the woman's bathroom that does all sorts of things at the touch of a button including a dryer option...for when you're sitting on the seat...yes. That kind of dryer. So handy, I know!
230 E 9th St
New York, 10003