Franchia Tea House & Restaurant

Manhattan, New York City

3.2 / 6 votes

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Posh Vegan-friendly Korean restaurant with eclectic menu and beautiful but sterile environment.

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

Franchia is a Vegan-friendly tea house on Park Avenue, specializing in gourmet teas and Korean vegetarian food. Very special attention has been paid to the menu items, ranging from Vegan fondue to bamboo skewers with peanut sauce to Korean style sushi. They also have lunch time specialty wraps for a quick eat.

A great deal of work has been put into the interior design with multi-tier levels to dine at. The location and d├ęcor makes it a popular lunch time spot for 9 to 5ers. They also have a tea shop in the front complete with a large variety of teas, teapots and cups.

Added by Jason Szrom on Mar 17 04 (last updated Sep 25 12)

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Update: I've been to Franchia a couple of times and here's my general summary---it's a place with great decor and friendly service, but the prices are high on everything and the food isn't particularly inspiring.

I didn't try any entrees, but the dumplings were decent (if a bit bland) and the tofu cheesecake was tasty, but not the best I've ever had (it was a little dry). Their chocolate pudding was tasty, but nothing different than what you could get at Whole Foods for a couple of bucks in a plastic cup. They were out of every other vegan dessert the second time I went there, which was disappointing (I've heard good things about the coconut blueberry cake).

Franchia has an extensive and impressive tea selection but they charge sky-high prices. For a cup of any of their specialty teas, you're going to set yourself back $4 or so, which is ridiculous. To make matters worse, they don't offer pots of tea, so you can't share with friends, or maximize your value by getting a larger amount of tea upfront, and a decent second steep later.

So, this is a nicely decorated, quiet place to meet for tea and snacks, but it's on the pricey side.

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Half the food I had here was very good, the other half was good, but not nearly as good as I was expecting. I was also expecting more authentic Korean, vs. Korean fusion. I tried a number of appetizers and entrees and the pancake sampler (corn/cilantro, scallion, kimchee) was my favorite. The yam chips with tomato/dill dip sounded amazing but pretty much tasted like potato chips.

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Between 34th and 35th streets.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


  • American Express Diner's Club MasterCard Visa


  • Korean


  • Quiet


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noon - 10pm
1pm - 10pm

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