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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cha-An


On a recent Sunday we had a chance to take a tea break at one of our favorite tea spots in NYC, Cha-An. This Japanese-style tea house is a favorite not only because of the peaceful and zen-like environment, but also because of the Japanese teas and delicacies available on the menu.

During our visit we had a Japanese Sencha and a Puer tea coupled with some Matcha truffles. It was nice to take time out to enjoy our delightful snack served inside white ceramic tea bowls.
Each tea was prepared just at it should be. The water temperature for the Sencha and the Puer was perfect. This is one of the things that distinguishes a tea experience at Cha-An from other tea houses. The taste of the Sencha was also sweet and vegetal, and remained lovely even after the third steeping. The very aromatic Puer produced a clear and deep reddish-brown liquor that was sturdy and smooth with a wonderful aftertaste. In addition, the staff at Cha-An is amazingly attentive. Once a cup is empty, more water is immediately offered for additional steepings. The whole experience is unrushed and meditative. As far as we're concerned, that is how tea drinking should be.

CHA-AN TEA HOUSE LOCATION:
230 East 9th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone:212-228-8030

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