I will always make sure to stop in at Cha-An at least once during every visit to NYC. It is difficult for me to express how much I enjoy this place, and every one I have ever brought there feels this same.
Imagine you spent the day walking around the city. Your feet hurt, you are overwhelmed by the city, and suddenly, it is as if you have been whisked away to a teahouse in Kyoto.
Order the scones. They will take a while, because they are being baked TO ORDER, and they are worth it. The matcha latte is incredible as well. I cannot recommend this place enough.