Permanently Closed - Sanctuary T

4.2
216 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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KFran18
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had friends come in from out of town for brunch, we get to the restaurant and boom! Business Closed! I’m so disappointed in Open table not doing their research.

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vipzjones
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place went out of business. No one prevented us.

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Nicoleslaw
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for brunch, the outdoor seating feels removed enough that you don't feel like you're in the middle of a NYC sidewalk. Good food, great tea-inspired drinks. Friendly staff.

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vipRachelD
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was ok. Fries came out cold and we did ask for hot ones which came out very hot.
Service was horrible. Waiter took order and took 20 minutes and reminder to deliver beer. Barely checked on us. We drank all of our water and no refills. The guy who ran the food out was the best part of the meal.

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vipnydia
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was very surprised by the huge selections of drinks they have. Theirs teas and each of the mixes is very unique and all of the handcrafted beverages, with alcohol and sans it are fantastic. We tried the massala chai, their lavander latte, one of the lavender mimosas and one of their beverages with seltzer and they were incredible.
Their food is ok, we found the bread on their dishes is a little too hard but food, overall, has a good seasoning.
Definitely visit for their teas!

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GiorgioM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great homemade granola - loved the early morning breakfast

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tea. Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food was deliverer very late.

AJ
vipAldoJ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great service!

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MeliM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Sanctuary T however I only gave it 4 stars since the prices seems to be going up and are on the high end for what you get.

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MichaelaR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! All good, great menu.

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DavidM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect brunch vibe any day of the week! Great tea options and the fresh air is a nice touch.

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FoodieVT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food, tables very close together, pricey, need more help as long wait times to ask for anything additional after intial order is taken.

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vipMark
Cleveland
37 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the Korean Fried Chicken and Fried Rice. It is a huge departure from your typical fried chicken and the fried rice was better than any I have had.

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JuliaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Can’t wait to come back.

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Anon
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Selection of teas is very good. Food is okay, nothing special. When we were there they were doing some work to the lights and the service was a bit slow. Nothing majorly wrong, but there are better places for the price in the area.

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vipwilltravelforfood
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Sanctuary T always feels like a good spot to dine in Soho for a casual meal, but always falls below expectation. The service is terribly slow, even on a quiet weekday afternoon, and both the food and drinks were just plain not good. I wouldn't recommend Sanctuary T for anything other than a cup of tea.

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vipBlackmark
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Nice staff and good food BUT they sat us at a table near the door. Every time someone came in or out, it was freezing. They apologized and literally brought us mugs of hot water to warm our hands. Another patron nearby angrily kept getting up to close the door. They need to fix this, otherwise, stay away.

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Ctiffany
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice little spot for a lunch with friends. Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the best service ever !

JP
JazP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been coming to this reaturant for almost 3 years now and this place never disappoints. The food is always amazing and the cocktails are delicious. No complaints here. It has been a favorite of mine since I have moved to New York.

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vipDanielhet
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was so nice with us she was the real added value for the restaurant. Meal was good but had to wait a while to get it after the order (keep in mind that chicken and duck require 20/25 mins, I didn't take it but I could give that even a normal burger took that long).
Parmesan fries with the truffled mayo are wow!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

5th time at this restaurant and it's consistently good. Great service, tasty cocktails, delicious food. Tell the barman what you like in a cocktail and he'll create something for you.

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vipBelindaF
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just stopped by for a quick meal on my way home. The service was great. Courtney took the time to talk to each table and made me feel very welcome (not always my experience as s single diner)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Awesome table. Right out front -- half indoor and half outdoor. I wanted to love it, but at 7pm on a Sunday they were of a few items we wanted to order. Otherwise pretty good.

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vipKnitcook
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall1food2service4ambience1

The place was plain, the Music was loud and obnoxious. The menu bore no relationship to the menu on their website, which was the reason I chose this restaurant out of the thousands in the city. The food was pretentious; we ordered 5 different things, and there's not one I would want to have again. I ordered a house cocktail, which was also pretty bad. My husband ordered martimis, and even these were mediocre.

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vipthaiflip92
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I came here back in June 2017 with a good friend of mine.

Food overall was very good. My friend and I went pescatarian and vegetarian as our food order of small plates did not contain any meat.

The first dish we ordered was their Roasted Cauliflower (now $13) The food is served with roasted corn, cheese, chili flakes and lime which was to die for. Since this post is over a year too late, I don't see it as described on their menu. I was not sure if it was a special they had that day. But needless to say, this dish with these condiments has to be part of this menu.

We moved along with the green gnocchi (now $16) made with freshly made gnocchi covered with pesto, shrimp, Parmesan cheese and chili flakes. It was rich and it doesn't get any better with freshly made gnocchi.

We were still hungry and ordered a side of Parmesan truffle fries (now $16) which were addicting but the dish was too small for the price and it was $10 last year.

We were still hungry and ordered the garlic shrimp ($14) which consisted of garlic, parsley, chili flakes and olive oil. They were really good.

Overall service was good. Personally I would return to try their other dishes especially that their menu changed within the last year.

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BONNIEFAUST
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, drinks were equally fantastic. Our waitress was lovely, the bartender was friendly, and while we arrived pretty early, the place packed out quickly! My daughter said it was the best burger she's ever had...the macaroni and cheese was decadent, and my roasted chicken was perfect :) We would ABSOLUTELY eat here again :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good but the service was a bit slow for our lunch break. Not a good place to go when you're on a work schedule.

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vipYogi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, but felt like they needed more staff. They only had one waitress managing the whole restaurant. We had to wait awhile for the food and our check to arrive.

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LibbyA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food & service were very good. The noise level loud.

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AmyL
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is always super fun and attentive ! Their menu is diverse and I always enjoy the Brussels sprouts and cocktails. Love this place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING SERVICE AND FOOD

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Karina
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! Loved the strawberry almond pancakes!

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vipluckykiten
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Sanctuary T quite a few times. The food, the staff, the drinks... always amazing The dishes are healthy, creative and so delicious. The cocktails are very unique and tasty. The staff is always so friendly and generous. I can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Would definitely recommend Sanctuary T.

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Linds
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We visited here with a Groupon on Saturday night and we were beyond impressed with the food and the service. Amazing Brussel Sprouts and two words: Crab Pasta. I didnt love my drink but our waitress, Kourtney was out of this world, she was super friendly, helpful and made our experience extra enjoyable. I couldn't believe this place was on Groupon but I'm glad it was because next time I am going back for the shrimp and the mac and cheese!

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vipKrystynG
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great neighbourhood spot! Love the food and the ambiance.

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Trina423
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great spot. Delicious cocktails and tasty food. A bit pricey but the portions were large. I will return for happy hour. Service was fair and I didn't like the fact that a 20% gratuity was automatically added to the bill.

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ioff13
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I are regulars at Sanctuary T which is in our neighborhood. I went there with my wife for Valentines Day. I had booked the reservation through OpenTable who did not give any indication that the restaurant was offering a Valentines Day menu only, which I discoveredonly when I got there for my reservation. I wasn't thrilled because typically I see those "deals" as a ripoff. But I was in a good mood, so I rolled with it. The menu was $52 pp, four courses. I was not disappointed. Every dish was delicious and the portions all the way through dessert were generous, especially for a price fix. The service was very polite and helpful, once you could get their attention. But they seemed short-staffed, or just too busy, and it protracted the length of the meal. We were fading so we ordered dessert to go and they were gracious and accommodating. Minor flaws can be overlooked by the cozy ambience and delicious food. Recommend.

FAQs

Permanently Closed - Sanctuary T does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Permanently Closed - Sanctuary T also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 941-7832.

Permanently Closed - Sanctuary T is rated 4.2 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed - Sanctuary T does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.sanctuaryt.com/book-online.