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16 Top Bubble Tea milk tea cafe Shops in NYC

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Originating in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea is traditionally made with just three ingredients: tea, powdered milk, and tapioca balls, or boba, sporting their famous bounciness. But the modern incarnations feature all kinds of bells and whistles — some boba come steeped in brown sugar, fresh fruit often comes into play, and many drinks now come with cheese foam, a sweet-salty milk and cream cheese blend akin to liquid cheesecake. Note: Bubble tea has a reputation for being super sweet; it’s almost always possible and the amount of ice. Here’s where to go, from old-school shops and chains to new-wave shops with photogenic drinks.
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Macao Imperial Tea The bubble tea craze has spread through Asia, and Macao Imperial Tea , which only sources tea leaves from Macao, is a testament to that. While the cheese foam teas and milk teas are a part of the expansive menu here, the fresh fruit teas are the go-to, including a cheese foam avocado and strawberry green tea . An extra dollar buys a portable glass bottle. There are also locations in Flushing and Litte Italy.
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Moge Tee Open in Google Maps 4. Tiger Sugar Copy Link 40-10 #A, Main St Flushing, NY 11354 732-4001 732-4001 Visit Website This cult-favorite Taiwanese chain attracted lines up to three hours long at its first North American foray in Flushing, Queens. Devoted Tiger Sugar fans clamor for the brown sugar boba milk with cream mousse , whose tiger-like stripes of dark brown sugar syrup and milky tea dripping down the sides of the cup make it a photogenic bestseller. This is a unique bubble tea variant that has no tea in it. The chewy tapioca pearls absorb the smoky, caramel flavor of brown sugar syrup as they’re cooked together, and then they’re top off with cold milk.
The bubble tea craze has spread through Asia, and Macao Imperial Tea , which only sources tea leaves from Macao, is a testament to that. While the cheese foam teas and milk teas are a part of the expansive menu here, the fresh fruit teas are the go-to, including a cheese foam avocado and strawberry green tea . An extra dollar buys a portable glass bottle. There are also locations in Flushing and Litte Italy.
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Founded in 2006 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Gong Cha opened its first US franchise in Flushing, Queens in 2014, and was one of the original sellers of milk foam-topped teas. The shop’s milk foam is slightly salty, thick and creamy, now comes in original, strawberry, Oreo, and matcha flavors. The chain has locations across the city now — including FiDi, Rego Park, Soho, and Downtown Brooklyn.
16 Top Bubble Tea milk tea cafe Shops in NYC
16 Top Bubble Tea milk tea cafe Shops in NYC
Boba Guys Open in Google Maps 13. Teado Tea Shop 葉風茶舖 Copy Link 145D Hester St New York, NY 10002 226-7687 226-7687 Visit Website At this tiny mom-and-pop shop, every customer is offered a sample of their chosen drink to make sure they like the potency and flavor of the tea, amount of milk, and level of sweetness. Teado has a large selection of tea flavors, including black sesame, almond, wax gourd, and black plum. It runs on the cheaper end of the bubble tea market: A basic milk tea costs $3.25, and 50 cent toppings include lychee jelly, aloe vera, egg pudding, and rainbow jelly. Hearty snacks such as octopus onigiri and thick coconut toast are also on offer.
Cheese foam tea drinks dominate the menu of Mi Tea , a massive chain from Hangzhou, China. The default oolong tea base can be switched out for any of their other 11 tea selections, and the Himalayan pink salt-sprinkled cheese foam is less dense and salty than at other shops. Don’t overlook the fruit teas here, either; the fruit lust tea is a refreshing, vitamin C-laden smorgasbord of fresh dragon fruit, watermelon, grapefruit, and kiwi. Both the fruit and cheese-topped teas are brewed to order, so drinks may take a little longer to prepare. There are also East Village and Flushing outposts.
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Founded by three friends in Flushing in 2009, has developed into the Starbucks of bubble tea, with more than 100 locations nationwide and celebrity visitors like Hillary Clinton. Kung Fu Tea offers simple, standard milk teas made with tea, milk powder, and bubbles cooked every two hours. The menu includes less ubiquitous offerings like wintermelon milk green tea, purple taro, sweet red-bean slush, and yogurt-based drinks made with the tart Japanese Yakult drink. In New York, there’s nearly two dozen from Washington Heights to Staten Island.
Founded in 2006 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Gong Cha opened its first US franchise in Flushing, Queens in 2014, and was one of the original sellers of milk foam-topped teas. The shop’s milk foam is slightly salty, thick and creamy, now comes in original, strawberry, Oreo, and matcha flavors. The chain has locations across the city now — including FiDi, Rego Park, Soho, and Downtown Brooklyn.
Tsaocaa Tea Each of Tsaôcaa’ s two current locations features a different food menu: Korean fried chicken in Brooklyn and baos in the Lower East Side, where the custard cream-filled black “lava” baos are popular. Stick with the fruit teas and slushies here; the grapefruit one in particular packs a punch. The 12 loose leaf teas are brewed to order for the cheese foam, matcha foam, and fruit teas. Fresh brewed tea with foam runs $4.75; a passionfruit and lime green tea, $5.75. A Flushing location is coming soon.
THANAPHON SUBSANG /Shutterstock 16 Worthy Bubble Tea Shops to Try in NYC Brown sugar boba, fresh fruit slushies, and sweet cheese foams are all available
No-frills bubble tea shop Shiny Tea attracts crowds that appreciate the simple balance of tea flavor and milk. The date and longan tea — a take on a childhood flavor — is a popular option, and Shiny Tea is one of the few places offer vinegar-based drinks, such as an apple vinegar green tea with kumquat.
Precision and artisanship are key at this new spot opened in June 2019 by two recent college graduates. There are only 11 teas on the menu, including milk tea, milk foam tea, flavored fruit teas and fresh fruit teas with strawberry and grapefruit , and only one topping is available, 50 cent tapioca bubbles that are made in-house. Grapefruit green tea with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is a stand-out option, and oat milk is offered for the lactose-intolerant.
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Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: 16 Worthy Bubble Tea Shops to Try in NYC Pocket Flipboard Email View as Map by Caroline Shin Jul 24, 2019, 1:49pm EDT THANAPHON SUBSANG /Shutterstock Share this story Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share All sharing options Share All sharing options for: 16 Worthy Bubble Tea Shops to Try in NYC Pocket Flipboard Email THANAPHON SUBSANG /Shutterstock Over the last few months, it’s been hard not to notice the burgeoning bubble tea boom. Bubble tea houses are popping up not only in the developing Chinatowns of Flushing, Sunset Park and Borough Park, and lower Manhattan, where they have existed in lesser numbers for decades, but also in new markets like Greenwich Village and Manhattan Valley.
Founded by three friends in Flushing in 2009, has developed into the Starbucks of bubble tea, with more than 100 locations nationwide and celebrity visitors like Hillary Clinton. Kung Fu Tea offers simple, standard milk teas made with tea, milk powder, and bubbles cooked every two hours. milk tea cafe The menu includes less ubiquitous offerings like wintermelon milk green tea, purple taro, sweet red-bean slush, and yogurt-based drinks made with the tart Japanese Yakult drink. In New York, there’s nearly two dozen from Washington Heights to Staten Island.
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Open in Google Maps 3. Moge Tee Astoria Copy Link 30-58 Steinway St Astoria, NY 11103 208-0273 208-0273 Visit Website The Moge Tee chain is known for its rich, smooth cheese cream that tastes like caramel and rests atop any of ten different teas brewed to order , such as the uji matcha with cheese. That cheese cream also goes atop fruit tea slushies, with flavors including  grapefruit, orange, avocado, mango, and dragonfruit . Toppings include a chewier amber-colored boba, as well as Oreo and creme brûlée foams. It als has locations in Flushing, the East Village, Midtown West, Sunset Park, LIC, and Chinatown.
The gold standard for bubble tea franchises, San Francisco-based company Boba Guys founded in 2011 by friends Bin Chen and Andrew Chau touched down in New York in 2016, and still has fans for high-quality ingredients and experimental flavors. It sources 10 teas from its in-house brand Tea People and uses made-from-scratch syrups, fruit purees, boba, almond jelly and grass jelly, as well as Battenkill Valley Creamery milks, Oatly oat milk, and Califia Farms almond milk. It offers fun, outside-the-box flavors such as a black sesame latte or a matchata , and nostalgic drinks such as strawberry calpico and Korean banana milk . It’s also inside the Canal Street Market and in Greenwich Village.
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Moge Tee The Moge Tee chain is known for its rich, smooth cheese cream that tastes like caramel and rests atop any of ten different teas brewed to order , such as the uji matcha with cheese. That cheese cream also goes atop fruit tea slushies, with flavors including  grapefruit, orange, avocado, mango, and dragonfruit . Toppings include a chewier amber-colored boba, as well as Oreo and creme brûlée foams. It als has locations in Flushing, the East Village, Midtown West, Sunset Park, LIC, and Chinatown.
Ten Ren Tea is the O.G. stalwart of bubble tea in Flushing, way back when people cocked their heads sideways at the brown bubble drinks. It’s an actual tea retailer and manufacturer, founded in Taiwan in 1953 and known for its lower pricing, strong tea flavor, and soft, supple boba. The quaint Flushing location sells loose leaf tea leaves and ginseng roots at one counter, while the bubble tea makers use in-house teas for the to-go drinks. Chinatown and Sunset Park also have outposts.
Cheese foam tea drinks dominate the menu of Mi Tea , a massive chain from Hangzhou, China. The default oolong tea base can be switched out for any of their other 11 tea selections, and the Himalayan pink salt-sprinkled cheese foam is less dense and salty than at other shops. Don’t overlook the fruit teas here, either; the fruit lust tea is a refreshing, vitamin C-laden smorgasbord of fresh dragon fruit, watermelon, grapefruit, and kiwi. Both the fruit and cheese-topped teas are brewed to order, so drinks may take a little longer to prepare. There are also East Village and Flushing outposts.
Boba Guys The gold standard for bubble tea franchises, San Francisco-based company Boba Guys founded in 2011 by friends Bin Chen and Andrew Chau touched down in New York in 2016, and still has fans for high-quality ingredients and experimental flavors. It sources 10 teas from its in-house brand Tea People and uses made-from-scratch syrups, fruit purees, boba, almond jelly and grass jelly, as well as Battenkill Valley Creamery milks, Oatly oat milk, and Califia Farms almond milk. It offers fun, outside-the-box flavors such as a black sesame latte or a matchata , and nostalgic drinks such as strawberry calpico and Korean banana milk . It’s also inside the Canal Street Market and in Greenwich Village.
Precision and artisanship are key at this new spot opened in June 2019 by two recent college graduates. There are only 11 teas on the menu, including milk tea, milk foam tea, flavored fruit teas and fresh fruit teas with strawberry and grapefruit , and only one topping is available, 50 cent tapioca bubbles that are made in-house. Grapefruit green tea with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is a stand-out option, and oat milk is offered for the lactose-intolerant.
At this tiny mom-and-pop shop, every customer is offered a sample of their chosen drink to make sure they like the potency and flavor of the tea, amount of milk, and level of sweetness. Teado has a large selection of tea flavors, including black sesame, almond, wax gourd, and black plum. It runs on the cheaper end of the bubble tea market: A basic milk tea costs $3.25, and 50 cent toppings include lychee jelly, aloe vera, egg pudding, and rainbow jelly. Hearty snacks such as octopus onigiri and thick coconut toast are also on offer.
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Ten Ren Tea is the O.G. stalwart of bubble tea in Flushing, way back when people cocked their heads sideways at the brown bubble drinks. It’s an actual tea retailer and manufacturer, founded in Taiwan in 1953 and known for its lower pricing, strong tea flavor, and soft, supple boba. The quaint Flushing location sells loose leaf tea leaves and ginseng roots at one counter, while the bubble tea makers use in-house teas for the to-go drinks. Chinatown and Sunset Park also have outposts.
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This cult-favorite Taiwanese chain attracted lines up to three hours long at its first North American foray in Flushing, Queens. Devoted Tiger Sugar fans clamor for the brown sugar boba milk with cream mousse , whose tiger-like stripes of dark brown sugar syrup and milky tea dripping down the sides of the cup make it a photogenic bestseller. This is a unique bubble tea variant that has no tea in it. The chewy tapioca pearls absorb the smoky, how many calories in oolong milk tea