Tucked quietly away in New York City’s Chinatown, The Mandarin’s Tea Room opens doors to awareness.
Canal Street in New York City’s Chinatown is a bazaar. One store doorway after another offers t-shirts, perfumes, and cheap souvenirs. Hawkers stand in the middle of the sidewalk. Locals and tourists side-step each other and dodge the merchants calling them into their shops. The street roars with 6 lanes of busy traffic.
Rounding two street corners and entering The Mandarin’s Tea Room creates a welcome contrast. Someone suggested the tea room be called a speakeasy, but the concept doesn’t really fit. Perhaps “tea sanctuary” is more appropriate. It is a place to cultivate awareness.