A Tea Room by Ato
15 Wooster St.
(bet. Grand and Canal)

As its name suggests, A Tea Room by Ato is a spin-off of Ato restaurant on Grand Street. Primary, it’s a café, offering organic tea from Kyoto, including in drinks such as lattes, and hand-drip and cold-brew coffee. The traditional Mizudashi cold-brew device is a thing of beauty; coffee brews in it for 12 hours. Ato will eventually bake the treats, but for now they’re being brought in from elsewhere. The specialty is Japanese-style buttered toast—buttered and then topped with fresh cream and anko, or sweet red bean paste, and soybean powder. The café also functions as a shop, currently with ceramic teaware from Guangzhou, China, but Japanese ceramics are expected soon; packaged tea from Kyoto is also available.