My friend recommended Cha An, for their black sesame creme brulee and boy can I say, it did not disappoint.
Cha An is first and foremost a Japanese tea house. With a serene and zen-like atmosphere, it can be considered a relaxing stress relief from the hastened outside world of New York. Although, they do have an extensive tea list, their dessert menu falls nothing short of impressive. Instead of ordering the dessert tasting, My friend and I decided to go a la carte and started off with a Sweet Potato Apple Cake with Caramel Ice Cream. A fresh spin-off of an apple pie a la mode, the dessert is constructed with a sweet potato mash, topped with a warm apple puree and a crispy biscuit for the extra crunch. The whole thing is topped with a marvelous scoop of caramel ice cream and a sweet baked crisp. The myriad of flavor profiles, temperature and textural differences, all seem to harmonize together while providing you with a marvelous experience. Behold, why I came to Cha An. The Sesame Creme Brulee.Black Sesame Heaven! The warm Black Sesame custard is covered with a burnt sugar, add a heaping spoon of velvety black sesame ice cream and a black sesame chip. Nirvana. You have to go try it for yourself. Forget the Green Tea Creme Brulee and Kyotofu, this now tops the list. (Thanks Meesh).
Cha An Scores:
Food: 8.5/10 – Can’t say much about their savory offerings, but their desserts were simply divine.
Restaurant Environment: 8/10 – I ❤ Japan. They even have a tatami!
Service: 7.5/10 – I wouldn’t expect any more or any less.
Value: 7.5/10 – At around $7 per dessert, it was absolutely worth it.