Although this tea house has been around awhile I had never made my way down to enjoy the fine offerings (my mistake).
I climbed the stairs not knowing what to expect.
I decided to try one which was mentioned at a recent Tea Salon meeting.
It was highly touted my many of the “tea gurus” and I knew based on what I observed in this environs, that it would be prepared to perfection.
As part of my learning process I asked that it be prepared for me, taking note along the way so if ever I had an opportunity to do it on my own, I would know how.
Wikipedia states “[simplified Chinese: 冻顶; traditional Chinese: 凍頂;pinyin: dòngdǐng; Wade–Giles: Tung⁴-ting³; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: tòng-téng] is an Oolong tea from Taiwan. The original leaves were taken from a much older tea plant in China’s Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province. The name “Dong Ding” means “Frozen Summit”, which is the name of the mountain in Taiwan on which the original tea plants taken from the Wuyi Mountains were planted.
I was very pleased with my choice and awaited the sample appetizer offerings that I had ordered.
The server took the time to explain each item within the sampling although I failed to remember much of what she described just looking at the lovely presentation and searching for my phone to take a photo.
I will say it was delicious.
Though the wonderful comfortable environs warranted more than just a quick bite and run.
I will definitely return to this charming place and invite others to enjoy the experience.
Note they also conduct Japanese Tea Ceremonies on the first and third Sundays, (very cost effective) reservations required. In addition they offer Tea Room Rentals more information can be found on their website
Cha-An 230 East 9th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, 212-228-8030