Welcome to Relax. This Monday column will spotlight one great place in NYC where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether it’s for an hour or for the day, here you will find a great oasis where you can just relax.
230 East 9th Street (upstairs), Between 2nd & 3rd
New York, NY 10003
Open Mon-Thurs. 2-11pm, Fri-Sat 12-Midnight, Sunday 12-10pm
If you’re looking to get out of the traffic, check out Cha-An. This east village Japanese-style teahouse offers a sublime menu of teas, food, and desserts. The room is a relaxing little slice of heaven. Imagine being in the Garden of Eden or at least the back yard right next door, decked out in trees, with a bamboo tatami room and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room! The menu offers a tea map where you can see the origin of your drink and includes a wide variety of black, green, and harder to find teas. The matcha tea (a powdered green tea) is measured with a bamboo spoon then whisked until frothy. You can sit at the bar and watch the process, which is an art in itself. Speaking of art, the desserts and décor are beautiful and altogether creates an environment you may find hard to walk away from.