2. Cha-An

Opening their doors in 2004, the Cha-An Tea House is for lovers of tea and what they call elegant Japanese snacks.  The Chef is trained in Japanese cooking as well as French pastry making, having apprenticed at Bouley Bakery with short stints at both The Russian Tea Room and Le Bernardin. Here, in her own shop, she offers a Japanese version of the traditional Afternoon Tea with mini bagel sandwiches stuffed with preserves, cream, smoked salmon, watercress, and a thick buttery pound-cake. Located at 230 East 9th Street, Afternoon Tea is served from Noon to 7 pm. Cash only.