Radiance Tea House & Books
158 West 55th St.
New York, NY 10019Neighborhood:
AsianPrice: $30 and under
Radiance Tea House & Books
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.radiancetea.com/
- Phone: 2122170442
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm; Afternoon Tea - Daily 3:00pm - 5:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Asian
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
- Catering: Please email us with event details (how many people, budget, time and place) and we'll get back to you a.s.a.p. with a quote. Email: email@example.com
- Private Party Facilities: Radiance offers 2 rooms separate from the main dinning area that can be used for private dinning or parties. One room seats community style on 2 wooden tables for up to 30 people. The other room is smaller more private and seats 10-16 at three tables close to each other. Please call or email us.
- Private Party Contact: Dan 2122170442
- Entertainment: Radiance offers unique events such as a Tea Tasting and Chinese Tea Ceremony that can be tailored to your preferences.
- Special Events: Radiance holds weekly tea tasting events beginning November. The schedule will be posted to the website. Please contact us with any tasting inquiries for private parties.
- Cross Street: 7th Ave
- Public Transit: Take the E to 53rd and 7th, walk two blocks to 55th. Take the F to 56 and 6th, talk one block. Take the N,Q,R to 57th and 7th, walk two blocks.
- Parking: No
- Parking Details: Metered parking starting from 6pm Monday thru Friday, all day Saturday, Free parking Sunday.
A word from Radiance Tea House & Books
Located in the hustle and bustle of Midtown, Radiance is an oasis from the chaos of the city. Featuring delicious home-made dumplings, seasonal wellness soups, summer rolls, rice bowls, and salads, Radiance is the most unique experience anywhere. Not to mention we serve and carry over 100 types of fine teas, and also serve our own style of Afternoon Tea. Whether you’re a local, a tourist, or theatre goer, Radiance is a must-try destination in New York City.Continued
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Radiance Tea House & Books reviews from OpenTable diners
- Although they lost my reservationOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/10/2013Although they lost my reservation (which ended up being ok as we were there at an off hour) and forgot one of our food requests, they were very nice about it. They gave us some free edamame to snack on while we waited for the missing item. The food was good and the tea was excellent.
- Great tea, but the food wasOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/3/2013Great tea, but the food was the surprise. We really enjoyed our lunch, which was a special occasion date for us. The ambience is lovely and the service was excellent. A strong positive recommendation.Special Features:
- We have often gone to RadianceOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 2/3/2013We have often gone to Radiance for a peaceful dinner - and that has not changed. But the service is really deteriorating over the course of the past few months.
- Service staff brought allOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 2/1/2013Service staff brought all dishes at once. So you need to specify that you want appetizers brought first. Table next to us mentioned this - and we should have heeded their advice. Otherwise, good find near City Center/Carnegie Hall.Special Features:
- A nice little spot acrossOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/18/2013A nice little spot across the street from City Center. The night we were there, it seemed like they got a lot of regulars, which is always a good sign. The food was good, and the tea list was long and pricey. I know everyone else likes it as a "spot of calm", but honestly, I wish it had been a bit noisier. The tables were close together and with little background noise, conversations were easily listenable.Special Features:
- Oasis in the CityJanetWVIPDined on 1/4/2013This is an oasis in the midst of the noisy city. One feels transported to an Asian teahouse. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the teas and the selection is enormous and exquisite. One can enjoy small bites or entire meals and enjoy the company and conversation without repeatedly having to say, "What?" This is a gem.Special Features:
- My husband is hard of hearingShorthillsgirlDined on 12/30/2012My husband is hard of hearing and the place is very quiet.. The food is not great, and the service s friendly but unprofessional. the place needs a manager, and proper training of staff, front and kitchen....Special Features:
- We had a really nice meal.KaybeeVIPDined on 12/27/2012We had a really nice meal. They have a great lunch special and the food and tea were delicious. Unfortunately the service was very slow and they brought 2 of our meals out about 10 minutes before the other 2 meals which was terrible.Special Features:
- An oasis in midtown !! GreatJLYRHVIPDined on 12/25/2012An oasis in midtown !! Great tea collection. Service is fantastic and the staff is very knowledgeable. Excellent place for tea loversSpecial Features:
- Great little peaceful cafeOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 12/23/2012Great little peaceful cafe that offers light/quality food and snacks with tea. Great for book clubs, meetings with friends, parents, etc.Special Features:
- Radiance Tea House is oneOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 12/15/2012Radiance Tea House is one of my favorite places for tea and a light bite. Surprisingly, this time wasn't as impressive. Service was a little inattentive and the menu was not up to date. If green tea scones are no made in the kitchen, the menu should not list them as an option.
- Tasty food, few consOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/14/2012Everyone in my group enjoyed their food here. I had the beef noodle bowl (I forget what it's actually called), which was delicious. I just wish they had cut the meat and veggies into smaller pieces to make it easier to eat with chopsticks. The service here was good, too. My only complaint is that we were initially seated at a table that was far too small for our group size, even though we had made a reservation more than a day in advance. We asked for a larger table, which they eventually moved us to, but not without some initial resistance. Perhaps the waiter was new, though. Overall, I would recommend this place. The library atmosphere is cute and the food is tasty and relatively inexpensive.Special Features:
- Indeed a quiet oasis in busyTheWsVIPDined on 12/12/2012Indeed a quiet oasis in busy midtown, with options for tasty but healthy, light food. Quite attractive in a tearoom kind of way. Service was slow slow slow.
- I live in the 'hood but somehowOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/8/2012I live in the 'hood but somehow missed this one until recently, though it's been open awhile. It's a teahouse/restaurant that is surprisingly good on both counts. A wide varieties of teas are available, lovingly curated and brewed the proper way. Menu isn't vast but everything on it that I've tried is well prepared and flavorful. The shrimp wonton are the best I've ever had - handmade and truly extraordinary. Not to be missed. The setting is serene & perfectly situated if you have tickets for Carnegie Hall, which is across the street (You can see it out the window.) My husband went one day and returned the next - that says it all.Special Features:
- Relaxing afternoon tea!CKarDined on 11/30/2012The Seafood Hot and Sour Soup was the best I've ever had. The pork dumplings were amazing. The atmosphere is relaxing, the staff is friendly and attentive. The restaurant is casual. When you try the tea, if you like it you can take some home with you. The Eastern Journey tea was fragrant and flavorful. Loved it They also sell small tea sets and they are great for you or for a gift. The music was soothing.Special Features:
- An oasis in Mid Town ManhattanOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/28/2012An oasis in the hustle and bustle of mid town. Delightful atmosphere. Delicious tea. Food was a bit pricey and portions were small but all in all a welcome respite from the hectic scene outside the door.Special Features:
- Slow service but worth the waitMarciGVIPDined on 10/18/2012I love this place. You should never go if you're in a rush-service is very laid back, but the environment and yummy food and teas completely makes up for it!Special Features:
- Very helpful staff tryingSarahVIPDined on 10/5/2012Very helpful staff trying their best to please diners. Not the best English, but not insurmountable.Special Features:
- Very good food, and very originalOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/23/2012Very good food, and very original and sophisticated tea choices. The environment is unique since it is also a bookstore, it seems like a cafe, so the gourmet food is a bit unexpected.Special Features:
- A quiet, healthy retreatOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 9/18/2012Had a lovely lunch (salad) and amazing teas with a friend. The chilled soup was lovely, too. Wonderful, calm ambiance!Special Features:
- Very serene quiet mid-townUWSderVIPDined on 8/9/2012Very serene quiet mid-town lunch place. The presentation of the food as well as ambience of the restautrant is amazing.Special Features:
- great food!! great ambienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/4/2012great food!! great ambience as well with the books / open light / decorated tea areas.dumplings were amazing. fresh and delicious. chicken noodle was also great.waiter did forget one of our orders however.Special Features:
- Despite being almost emptyOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/1/2012Despite being almost empty when we arrived, the staff seemed to have a hard time with timing the dishes. My cousin ate her appetizer and meal before I even received my appetizer. However, the waitress was very knowledgeable and even helped me pick out a tea for my mother. I thoroughly enjoyed my food and I loved knowing that most of it was healthy and light. We ordered a pitcher of iced tea (Eight Treasures) and it was delicious though a bit on the sweet side for my liking. My cousin ordered a matcha latte, which she didn't like, but I thoroughly enjoyed. The earl gray cookie sandwich (with green tea ice cream) was amazing, and I helped my Gramma finish it, for sure. I would definitely eat here again next time I am in town.Special Features:
- A little on the pricey sideOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/12/2012A little on the pricey side for the food you get. But excellent tea.
- Music is especially traditionalOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/29/2012Music is especially traditional chinese classic, which I like a lot. Decor is quite nice also. Food (I tried dinner prefix) is extremely good. A complete Tea menu.Special Features:
- Very nice lunch! Had the spicyMarKevVIPDined on 6/23/2012Very nice lunch! Had the spicy chicken dumplings for appetizers, then the shrimp rice bowl with slices of avocados. It was a curious mix, but surprisingly delicious! I also drank a very refreshing chrysanthenum with little buds of roses ice tea! Wow!! Yes, I would definitely come back!Special Features:
- Radiance Tea House was a greatOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 6/16/2012Radiance Tea House was a great find. It was the perfect spot for lunch and discovering I can still use chopsticks. Lunch was delicious and the tea was soothing. The one drawback is everything is expensive and it can't be a place to go to more than occasionally.Special Features:
- A treasure in the West 50s,OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 6/13/2012A treasure in the West 50s, Radiance Tea House provides a lovely food menu and several outstanding tea menus. Comfortable, bright and a great place to have lunch or dinner and enjoy conversation with friends.Special Features:
- Just outstanding selectionOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/4/2012Just outstanding selection of teas beautifully brewed. Lunch bento boxes are very good. Nice to have the option of soup dumplings.Special Features:
- Underwhelming!BrdwyBearDined on 5/18/2012I must admit that my guests and I were underwhelmed by this spot. The menus falling apart should have been a clue of what to expect from the rest of the visit. The tea selection is interesting and fun, but not much I can say past that. Not likely I'll return any time soon.
- Radiance is a wonderful littlesuepayneDined on 5/12/2012Radiance is a wonderful little tea house. The food was excellent and there was a large list of different teas. We had hot tea, but next time will try cold iced tea. It was fun eating with chopsticks. Can't wait to go back.Special Features:
- I've been here for lunch aFifiefofumDined on 5/4/2012I've been here for lunch a couple of times, and it can fill up around noon - 2pm. The service is good, but not very attentative. They are very nice, but don't come back to check if everything is ok or if anything is needed. The tea menu is overwhelming and the food is very tasty. I'd definitely recommend this tranquil oasis in the middle of the city.Special Features:
- Sweet and simple; always fresh.OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/1/2012Sweet and simple; always fresh. Wait staff friendly.Special Features:
- Very limited menu, but itJeremyDined on 4/16/2012Very limited menu, but it was a pleasant environment. I would like some additional food offerings.
- A midtown surprise!MarciGVIPDined on 4/10/2012Found it on Yelp and met a friend for lunch. Our server was incredibly attentive and helpful. The food was just yummy! What a surprise. From all accounts you might think it was a book store. The food is authentic Chinese, with a very artful flare. Beautiful presentation and many layers of flavor. I will definitely be back to this great little secret!Special Features:
- I just adore the charmingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/2/2012I just adore the charming vibe of RTH! There is a touch of elegance about the establishment. And the various teas they offer can put you in a head spin, but you can help youself out by playing "tea roulette"...just open the menu and point to a page and wherever your finger lands on the menu, choose that tea.... you won't be disappointed. Then promise yourself you'll come again to try another tea selection. And the food is delicious.Special Features:
- oasisTavrofanVIPDined on 3/23/2012It was a perfect place to have a great conversation with a great friend. The servers were attentive and the food was pretty good. Their pre-theater pre fix was just enough to satisfy my hunger. Of course their tea selection is HUGE!Special Features:
- My preferred spot for a dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 3/9/2012My preferred spot for a dinner before Carnegie Hall. Service always lovelySpecial Features:
- disappointing, and the dreadfulAnnieBVIPDined on 2/3/2012disappointing, and the dreadful service made dull food offensive.
- Very authentic; reminded usJazzVIPDined on 12/10/2011Very authentic; reminded us of our time in Hong Kong.Special Features: