Sanctuary T
Sanctuary T

Sanctuary T

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sanctuaryt.com/
  • Phone: 2129417832x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Afternoon Tea Monday - Wednesday 3:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Donovan Tian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Beautiful presentation...delicious teas...seamless organization...let Sanctuary Tea cater your next occasion. We will work with you to create the perfect event- whether it’s a private tea tasting, a prince- and princess- party for children, a bridal shower or a corporate event- we will make every event unique, entertaining and memorable. Please contact our manager, Emma, at emma@sanctuaryt.com
  • Private Party Facilities: At Sanctuary T, our chic design invites our guests to settle in and ground themselves for the sensuous experience of tea. Tea steeps into every aspect of or our restaurant from our gourmet menu to our specialty tea cocktails. We're sure to hit the mark on your tea craving with our vast selection.
  • Private Party Contact: Kortnee Leigh 2129417832x
  • Special Events: The entire venue can be booked for a variety of large events ranging up to fifty guests. Please contact our events specialist, Kortnee, at kortnee@sanctuaryt.com for your special occasion. We look forward to serving you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand and Broome Streets
  • Public Transit: A, C & E trains to Canal Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Sanctuary T
Sanctuary T is a charming and elegant 40-seat restaurant in
the heart of Soho. Since opening in the fall of 2007, it been
featured internationally on The Martha Stewart Show, in The New
York Times, Cosmopolitan Hong Kong and the Nikkei newspaper,
among many others, for its innovative approach to using tea as an
inspiration and ingredient for a blissful lifestyle.

For diners, the ritual of eating and drinking at Sanctuary T
is an experience; a pause from the fast-moving events of everyday
life, an expression of a playful spirit, and celebration of
sophisticated flavors and good design.

Sanctuary T features Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner menus as well as a full bar, wine and beer list, and a innovative tea-infused cocktail menu.

Note: Only parties of 4 or more are accepted during our brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday (8:00 am-5:00 pm)
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Sanctuary T reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great friendly and helpful service all around. Our waitress even gave us a list of local lunch places for the next day. It was a great experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Sanctuary T reviews archive.
  • Save your money
    lxmciner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had made a reservation for Mother's Day few weeks in advance. Called morning of to confirm our arrival. Arrived and the table wasn't even set and ready for us. Quickly pulled tables together, ALL wobbly. Food was atrocious! Some dishes came without items it described on menu. Figured I would at least get a good cup of tea....my mistake. Served in lousy plastic cup. I make a better cup on a daily basis at home. Service was terrible. Had to request they serve the appetizer prior to our entrees. How can anyone run a business with such incompetent staff? I can't believe how lousy the food was. Safe your money and go somewhere else, there is plenty of competition in the area and strongly suggest consumers go elsewhere.
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  • The afternoon tea was overpriced
    psbugsVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The afternoon tea was overpriced and underwhelming, to say the least. And, added to that, I was chided by a waiter for using OpenTable to make my reservation, even though I had linked to OpenTable from their website! Save yourself the waste of time and money and the aggravation.
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  • Good food and nice servers;
    mklt
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Good food and nice servers; however, service was rather slow. Luckily they turned off the bright lights in the back where they market their items for sale - ruins the mood at night when bright lights are glaring at you. Great cocktails too.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • An excellent and extensive
    so2muchVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    An excellent and extensive selection of tea. Our waitress, Stephanie was outstanding. We were not rushed in any way. I will definitely return.
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  • Lovely place for a good tea
    zealouseaterVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Lovely place for a good tea lunch and excellent selection of flavorful teas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Very nice selection of teas
    rickVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Very nice selection of teas and tea-inspired drinks. The food was good but not great.
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  • Wonderful selection of tea.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Wonderful selection of tea. Waitress very knowledgable of over 70 different teas. Came on Valentines day and enjoyed the wonderful special menu.
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    romantic
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  • Great food and cocktail list.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Great food and cocktail list. No pressure to rush we sat for hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting concept of tea-related
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Interesting concept of tea-related food and drinks. Drink menu is creative, combining various liquors with teas, the food menu is less interesting. Food is delicious, just fine, but lacking in excitement. Burgers, fish & chips, roast chicken, etc. Staff is caring and mostly efficient. The sanctuary atmosphere is a bit of an overpromise - it's a quiet-ish bar.
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  • I was very surprised at the
    theGrape
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    I was very surprised at the quality of the food at Sanctuary. If I was a local, I would want to keep this place a secret for myself, but I hope they have to start turning people away. Extremely nice and accommodating. When I am back in the neighborhood, I will certainly return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truffle mac 'n cheese was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Truffle mac 'n cheese was delish- my chicken dish, not so much. But the roasted vegetables were yummy!
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  • We had a thanksgiving dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    We had a thanksgiving dinner here and the food was good and service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot Cocoa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Best thing about this place is the rich hot chocolate. The food wasn't that great though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • First of many visits to come
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    This was a first visit for us and we didn't really know what to expect other than we liked the look of the menu. It turned out to be one of the best meals of our trip. Everything had a very fresh, home made feel about it, the presentation was flawless and the flavours delicious - the sausage starter was a dream. On top of that we enjoyed great service and had a chance to taste their unusual tea blends - complementary and with regular top ups. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Cool vibe. Friendly, knowledgeable
    UWSfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Cool vibe. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great teas and cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • fanTastic
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2012
    What a GREAT find! Fairly reasonable prices, great ambiance, incredible service. I loved the menu - so inventive, diverse, healthy, tasty and interesting use of teas - LOVED IT. I had an incredible ceviche (done correctly) and salad, plus a delicious sample of chocolate dessert tea that made me order more. The wines are great and I will DEFINITELY be back. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Appetizers were awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Mac and Cheese was Amazing. Had a Dream about it. Would go there anytime just for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Interesting food / poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    The food was interesting (in a good way). However, the service was very slow and inattentive. We had only an hour for lunch and we had to wait about 20 minutes to get some attention from the waiter and order. And it's not like they were busy.
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  • Great location. Great happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Great location. Great happy hour. Only $4 a drink. The decoration is very cute. Food price is leaning the high side in compare with the potion of food we get. The Melt Brie and honey toast was amazing, the pita platter was ok. Scallop entree is fantastic, but for $24 an entree, you only got 3 scallop, and approx 8 spoon of rice... for that I think that is a bit pricy. But if you are a tea person.. the is the right spot!!
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    hot spot
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  • great drinks & pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    great drinks & pretty good food, but a bit expensive for what it is.
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  • What a sweet place in SoHo.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2012
    What a sweet place in SoHo. It was a rainy weeknight, and the place was practically empty. The service was still very attentive - but not rushed. The food was delicious (great for vegetarians), fresh, well plated, good flavors, and the ambiance was warm, and simple. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • I love Sanctuary's cocktails.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    I love Sanctuary's cocktails. Very original. Service was spotty. Head waiter was a little hyper.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Really bad service... :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    We add the special Easter Brunch and were really disappointed. We received the special menu through Opentable few days before our reservation, but no one suggested it to us when we arrived and we had a ask for it. The food was good. We had a mimosa, egg sandwich and omelets. But we were waiting for the pancakes to arrived and unfortunately they never did. Apparently they were not included even though our waitress didn't mention we had to choose. When we told us she got upset and never came back to our table, checked on us or even said 'goodbye' !!
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  • don't go there , the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    don't go there , the service is terrible, I would say as bad as the food.
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  • Had to wait for a table for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    Had to wait for a table for 40 min even thought we had a reservation through Open Table. Food arrived cold. Experience average. Would not return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a very small place.
    robwVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2012
    This is a very small place. The brunch was good especially the vanilla pancakes. Since, tea is their "thing", take a few minutes to read their tea menu and try something different.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bartender made all of
    KikaVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    The bartender made all of the drinks from scratch a very fun little place. Definitely will be back.
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  • Great brunch spot in SoHo
    TEHRAIYN17VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    This place is a great find for brunch in SoHo! Don't be surprised when entering by the very small space. The tea menu is extensive, and I wanted to try everything on the food menu! The melted bri appetizer is a must, and everyone in my group loved their entrees. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous brunch..
    DotsHurlVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Fabulous brunch! Great vibe! Best iced tea I have ever had...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great introduction to vegetarian
    katellingtonepicure
    Dined on 3/1/2012
    A great introduction to vegetarian fare. Wonderful service. Warm and friendly yet contemporary environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good and the tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    Food was good and the tea drinkers in our group were impressed with the offerings and presentation. Appreciated that we were not rushed off after our plates were cleared.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • LOVED IT!
    Jungle393VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Loved this place! We went for brunch on a Sunday - it was a bit cramped, but that was part of the charm. We had a great table by the window; everyone we interacted with on the staff was energetic and charming. It was a wonderful place for a special occasion we were celebrating - the food was amazing (I recommend the TRUFFLED CROQUE MONSIEUR - a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with truffle oil infused béchamel sauce!) - can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Food was great, service was great, only complaint would be that we had reservations for 12:30 and we weren't sat until 1pm. However, the did provide free drinks and deserts for the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Initially I was disappointed
    regulardiner
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Initially I was disappointed because the room was so small and there were no tablecloths-- it looked like a deli. But the staff was friendly, the atmosphere relaxing, and the food was delicious. I would definitely go again.
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  • Cozy spot
    Jenn
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    Reading a recommendation from Reserve29, I decided to try this "cozy" spot. I went with two of my friends and found it very interesting and unique. Its a small space but full of personality in it. I tried their mind over matter specialty tea, which was bitter for my taste but not bad. I also had their french toast, which was amazing and fresh. My friends had the chili soup and farmers omlet, which they finished the whole plate. Overall, very nice and quite spot for friends to gather and catch up.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • I had an 8AM breakfast reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    I had an 8AM breakfast reservation (for a business meeting) and the restaurant was NOT open. Some of the staff showed up (after 8) and could not get in. We went someplace else, and this place was still not open when I walked by 1.5 hours later.
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  • Wonderful location and accessible,
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2011
    Wonderful location and accessible, appealing menu choices.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We had a party of 5 for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    We had a party of 5 for brunch - really enjoyed the food (the crouque madame was excellent), bloody marys and mimosas. The service was friendly and fast. We lingered over conversation at a busy time and they did not rush us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Neighborhood Gem, Great Food,
    Paul
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    Neighborhood Gem, Great Food, Good Service, Cool scene.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet