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Tea Box Café

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693 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019 40.76121 -73.975187
nr. 54th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-350-0180 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center; E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Tea Time


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Not Accepted


This venue is closed.

Few pleasures are as restorative after a day of shopping on Fifth Avenue as a civilized afternoon tea at the subterranean Tea Box Café. Located in the basement of Takashimaya, the posh Japanese department store, the small, L-shaped restaurant serves the dual purpose of rejuvenating consumers and showcasing wares. Indeed, much of the tableware and all of the teas are available for purchase just outside the café doors. Forty types of tea are served by the pot; among the best is Genmai-Cha, a green tea (enhanced by toasted rice) which has an earthy flavor and smells like senbei, the Japanese rice cracker. For lunch, chef Taro Mitsuiki changes the menu weekly, so it's always a pleasant surprise when the server removes the lid of the bento box, as if unwrapping a gift. The afternoon tea service includes a pot of tea, pastries, cookies, tea sandwiches, and fresh fruit.

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