The Flower Craft: definitely a Friday afternoon sort of tea. I’m at Cha-An in the East Village today. Meetings done for the day, not quite yet time for dinner. An hour of pure relaxation? Count me in.
How Cha-An manages to be busy all day, everyday amazes me. The lovely part is that no matter how full the tearoom, people speak softly here so it’s always peaceful. The serene setting has a clear effect…sometimes I even find myself whispering at Cha-An.
It’s $9 a pot for the Flower Craft Tea. I love this tea for the show as much as the taste. Green tea leaves are tied tightly together with a bright flower tucked in the center. Put one (or two!) pieces in glass pot, pour hot water and watch it bloom. It’s a pretty sight, sure to make you smile. For dinner parties we put the flower tea in a wineglass and serve it that way. It’s certainly a tea to show-off and is also known as a “display tea.” They’re fairly pricey when bought retail, I’ve paid up to $7 for a single flower, so Cha-An’s price of $9 for a pot with two flowers is actually a pretty good deal.
230 East 9th Street
New York, 10003