Keep Warm Try “Radiance Tea House”
The cold Winter weather often leads one on a search for cozy spaces, warm drinks and comforting foods. Radiance Tea House is the perfect Winter spot to satisfy your Winter cravings and to shield you from the brutally cold and angry weather outside. Conveniently located in Midtown on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th, this tranquil tea house filled with beautiful Chinese decor — delicate tea dishes, wood carved furniture and gentle music, making for a serene ambiance — is sure to calm the senses.
I walked in on a rainy afternoon — this warm, quaint little place welcomed me with flutes and a variety of subtle smells. I walked up the stairs into what looked like a cafe and gift shoppe. Artful and delicate tea pots and cups, embroidered jackets, books ranging from tea to origami, jewelry, exotic chocolates, as well as tea and tea accessories! Before even being seated I was intrigued. I was greeted by a friendly host and promptly seated at a gorgeous table in the back surrounded by tea ceremony items.
Radiance Tea House, which opened just last Winter, features over 100 different elegant teas, and an array of delightful Chinese dishes. So many choices will certainly encourage you to bring a friend or two, order several pots, and sample several cups of the different delicious teas. My favorite tea on my visit was the Japanese Sencha Green Tea, a bright grassy tea that was a beautiful surprise! The food? Healthy, clean, comforting and delicious! You won’t have a guilty feeling about ordering any of the reasonably priced and well portioned food. My dish of choice was the Shrimp and Avocado bowl, a gorgeously flavored dish that was presented in a charming little glazed wooden box. The Handmade Vegetarian Dumplings are also to die for. You should definitely give them a try.
The Radiance Tea House also has tea tastings and Tea Ceremonies, which are moderately priced and a great way to socialize with friends and family during the cold weather season. Tastings occur Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, which gives you plenty of opportunity to plan a visit well in advance, or simply schedule one only a day before. Tastings are only $15, and Tea Ceremonies are $35 per person and sure to be a treat!
By Melanie Meadows