Sanctuary T

4.5
203 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

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)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Continental, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday : 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday : 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 941-7832
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Castro
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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.
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Private party contact
Bridjette MacDonald: (212) 941-7832
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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, Ben, at Ben@sanctuaryt.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand and Broome Streets
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Public transit
A, C & E trains to Canal Street.
N, Q, & R trains to Canal Street.
1, 2, & 3 trains to Canal Street.
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Entertainment
www.soundcloud.com/SanctuarySounds
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Special events & promotions
The entire venue can be booked for a variety of large events ranging up to fifty guests. Please contact our events specialist, Ben, at Ben@sanctuaryt.com for your special occasion. We look forward to serving you.

Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MR
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Perfect! All good, great menu.

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DM
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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

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FV
4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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M
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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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OT
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great experience! Can’t wait to come back.

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A
3.0Dined on December 19, 2017

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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w
1.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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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B
3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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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C
4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Great atmosphere and the best service ever !

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OT
5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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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D
5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

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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OT
5.0Dined on August 21, 2017

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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BF
4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

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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OT
3.0Dined on August 6, 2017

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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K
1.0Dined on June 30, 2017

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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BO
5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

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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OT
3.0Dined on May 16, 2017

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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OT
5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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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LA
4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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

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OT
5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

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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OT
5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

AMAZING SERVICE AND FOOD

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l
5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

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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OT
5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

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

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L
4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

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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KG
4.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Great neighbourhood spot! Love the food and the ambiance.

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T
4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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C
5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We came for Valentine's Day. The meals were wonderful - really delicious and presented beautifully. The staff, as always, is very welcoming and friendly. We love this place and look forward to returning again and again!

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OT
5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Excellent food, great service

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w
2.0Dined on January 26, 2017

Apathetic service & average food ,with 'no frills' - the omelette was offered with no toast or bread & no dressing on the salad, no offer of coffee refills, not even a water refill, etc... otherwise ok for an option for 'breakfast all day'...

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A
4.0Dined on January 16, 2017

Simple but delicious. I only wish our waitress would've offered refills on my tea more readily; I just asked for more water and she readily filled my mug.

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AG
5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

This was such a pleasant surprise. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is charming and the food and drinks were amazing! I went with my boyfriend for a special night out and we were impressed with the drinks, entrees, ambiance, and service. I'd highly recommend the salmon and the fish tacos. I really don't think you can go wrong with the drinks.

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MP
5.0Dined on January 10, 2017

I love Sanctuary T, the updated lunch menu is great. I miss the old tea menu. For a winter work lunch it was fast but that's likely since it was pretty empty in the mid January.

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OT
1.0Dined on January 3, 2017

Booked for 8am and they weren't open! Ended up going elsewhere. Please don't allow bookings if your going to be closed.

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r
5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Simply good. Cozy. Nice.

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TB
3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Service was non existent. Staff was focused on loud drunk girls and not those willing to spend money on food and drink.

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C
5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Value of the Groupon was great

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C
5.0Dined on December 13, 2016

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff - new favorite Manhattan place!

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JB
5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Fantastic meal and is always very consistent. The menu is very creative and so delicious, my new "go to" restaurant!

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