Christies was where I went when I worked in chinatown for hongkong style tea. They had great dried pork buns with mayo. good coffee. They had a lunch area as well. I got congee there once with century egg. They had good congee doughnuts. They did american style breakfast also. Good little sandwiches and cakes- and cheap! Wow. Something about them seemed warmer than the other little holes in the wall. They were larger, established, you know. Friendlier too. The old people came there. My fiance and I went in there just the other day to get some coffee and a roast pork bun. They were bustling as always. Tons of asians and tourists. It's right on lafayette and howard, so they always got alot of foot traffic. Today I walked by and I was suprised to see them closed. Peeking in the window I noticed that there weren't any chairs or tables. There wasn't any counter even. The place was a wreck. The door marked 'for employees only' was completely off its hinges.There in the window was a solitary paper coffee cup, small sized, I imagined filled with that hot tea that I craved. Why'd you have to go Christies? Was the rent too much? Did the vespa store on crosby need to expand and push you out? I hope business was too good so Christie sold the place and is moving on to a better life. I cry. Bye bye.