337 B West Broadway, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.722389 -74.003604
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
DMANBURGER "Sanctuary T" – DMANBURGER “Sanctuary T”
April 14, 2010 dmanburger
I grew up in Australia,which is a fanatical, tea saturated country and the idea of having a spot of tea in the afternoon was in-bred in my psyche at a very young age. Sanctuary T located in swanky cocktail and espresso laden Soho, is a testament to the wonders and flavors of the world’s best teas. Owner Dawn Cameron and Chef Kenn McGoey have created a spa-salon like tea temple complete with potable and non-potable versions of the ancient leaf. The decor is dark wood modern, panelling with an open floor plan and outdoor bay windows facing busy West Broadway. I was welcomed by manager Kermit and his band of tea servants and given a perch right in the window with the aroma of 50 brews of tea wafting through the air and I immediately fell into a tranquil state,as I tried to concentrate on my friends excited chatter.
The menu features typical brunch fare with a European twist, also known for tea infused creations such as Salmon Poached in Red Moon Tea, Halibut slow cooked in Lychee Black Tea and Smoked Turkey Eggs Benedict infused with Pear Cinnamon Tea. The burger on the menu, which used to be a slider, recently was promoted to a fines herb seasoned patty served on a towering sesame freckled brioche with blue cheese and roasted tomato. I sipped a refreshing goblet of Iced Rose Tea, and observed several people seep in the Zen like atmosphere, possibly concocted by the Long Island like version being readily served.
My burger arrived sitting appealing on a plate with a side salad, although to my disappointment it was cut in half, thereby undoubtedly letting the beautiful juice run out on the plate. I took my first bite and was welcomed with a rich aromatic herb flavor, followed by a storm of creamy blue cheese and roasted tomato. The bun was lightly toasted and perfect, I thought the overall flavor of the patty was impressive, but lacked in succulence and juiciness. It wasn’t a large burger,reflecting kind of spa like persona about it. Not that this was a bad thing, but something to be aware of before visiting. For those of you that are famished, I would recommend coupling this one with a heaping helping of tea infused French Fries. Prices are Soho marked, and you should call for a reservation to avoid waits. The staff are friendly and cordial, and are the type that will do their best to make your experience special. To replicate your tea flavor experience in your home kitchen, be sure to grab a souvenir of some of their ingenious T Dust Tea Seasoning on your way out.
A tranquil spot with vibrant flavors – This place will make you feel really good. They have a really tasty tea assortment but don't miss out on the creative food. The dessert menu is also amazing, especially if you like playing with flavors. They have a chocolate sundae with chai ice cream... Highly recommended.
LOVED IT! – me and a pal stopped by for a quick pick-me-up... i had the oolong (which was pretty great, but I've had better... only reason it's not a 5 star rating)... and my friend tried a coffee drink called the east west. made with condensed milk except our sweet waiter (East) after whom it's named suggested she try it with honey instead. the drinks come out very pretty with little details like a straw-like "needle" sealing in the contents of a tea bag.
i absolutely LOVE their fries which are infused with tea salt... sounds weird, but works beautifully. i'm quite the french fry connoisseur and these are right up there in my memorable fry moments.
just as i was blissing out on my good fortune, a rude patron stomped in and totally tipped my sticky drink over and into my lap and barely apologized or offered to help clean it up. the drink was tap water with some emergen-c i'd mixed in. a waitress immediately came over and apologized over and over and asked repeatedly if she can get me something else even though i explained it was basically just water i'd spilled.
LOVE this place, highly recommend.
Disappointed – The restaurant has a great location and the food isnt bad at all. However, the service is atrocious and the food was terribly overpriced. We waited for an hour for our food when the restaurant was half empty. Our water glasses were never refilled and we could not get the attention of waitress who sat at a table with her back to the customers.
Run, don't walk, to Sanctuary T. – Sanctuary T is my home away from home- the perfect dinner spot. I've been going there nightly for a few months now and I can't say enough good things. The food is by far the best in Soho and I have lived in this neighborhood for 5 years so I know. My favorite is the steak salad with onion rings- always done to perfection and a great portion.
Don't bother – After reading the decent reviews about the place, I decided to try it out. Sorry to say I was extremely disappointed. The service was horrible and the food was mediocre. Don't waste your time or money.
Bad experience and poor response from waitstaff!!!! – After reading good reviews about SanctuaryT I was quite keen on giving it a try. When my date and I first arrived we were pleased with the wide tea selection and hungry for some organic fare. However, the waitstaff took forever - there were 2 other people in the venue. The fries were cold and lacked flavor, the soup was very bland, and the steak was pretty much burnt to a flavorless crisp. To add insult to injury, when we brought this to the waiter's attention he proceeded to ignore us for about 30 minutes. The tea is nice and that is about it. Very surprised that this place can survive in NYC. Really expected much more.
Do yourself a favor and go some where else. Sanctuary this place is NOT!!!!
Have to check it out! – There was a tea tasting, and I looked inside and thought to myself - it does seem extraodrinary, but is it my cup of tea. Decided to come in and see what they have.
I was amazed. The food... I really wish I was better with words ... The food was delicious, the blue crab salad!!! and the portions were just right! The desert! Hmm.. those doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce. You just wouldn't believe it!
I hate to read reviews like the one I just wrote because everything seems perfect, so I have to say that the only down side to it is that on Mondays there are models and photographers there. And though they don't really care about other guests, and they don't bother them. I just can't stop thinking about the paparazzi, so I like it moe other days.
And just to point out, I am not easy to please!
All Around Wonderful! – What a little gem in the middle of that chaotic Tribecca party strip! Right across the street from the Felix debauchery, you can kick back in a LOVELY space, enjoy perfect cocktails and VERY yummy food. It's the best of both worlds: can casually kick back with some friends - but you're only a skip away from all the 'action'. Was there last Friday night, and it's definitely on my list of faves ....
WOW!!! Those cocktails! – What a refreshing (pun intended) way to present tea in cocktails!
If you ever wanted to try excellent, inventive drinks, this is THE place to go. Nothing remotely close to the sweet pre-mixes used here, only fresh ingredients crafted by a very knowledgeable bar master. It is like watching a chef in an open kitchen.
The Coral Reef is an exotic blend of tangerine tea, tequila, cointreau and passion fruit, served in a pink peppercorn rimmed glass. If green tea is your thing try the Rise and Shine, with vodka, pear and lemon. Lychee tea is used with peach puree and vodka for the Silk Road, and Lambrusco with peach and black tea is a wonderful play on an old italian dessert in the Backyard Treat.
The food was very good too. We tried the duck breast with glazed carrots, the salmon poached in strawberry tea, the bruschetta, and the crabmeat with avocado and black olives. We also shared the special dessert, and excellent walnut strudel with chamomille-lavender ice cream.
The service was very attentive and the staff one of the friendliest I've come across.
All that in a very "zen" decor of polished hardwood, cork and gray stone.
My taste buds are still dancing, you should try too!
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