I spent a wonderful afternoon at Radiance during the Christmas holiday of 2008 – not long after the tea house opened. My girlfriend and I stumbled on the place because we had gone to see Alvin Ailey (an amazing dance experience) across the street at the City Center. It was such a lovely find.
That afternoon we had a reunion of sorts – all four of us had worked at IBM in the Time Life Building in the late 60′s. Here we were almost 40 years later sitting in a newly opened Chinese tea house in midtown Manhattan savoring the place, the tea, and the pleasure of a long leisurely conversation after so many years.
The layout of the tea house was perfect for the occasion – comfortable, open, warm and inviting. We talked, lingered, enjoyed pots of a variety of teas, chatted with the manager and nibbled on Chinese treats. There was something unusual about the place – an unhurried feeling as if we could just sit and talk into the night – which I think we did.
I purchased a lovely Chinese tea set (the one on the top left in this picture) and some tea, took several photos, and left knowing that I wanted to return again. So I was especially delighted to see the Facebook post earlier today. In visiting their website, it is clear that they have gotten lots of well-deserved notice. I look forward to visiting again on my next trip to NYC. Congratulations Radiance Tea House and Books on joining the Zagat family.