It’s not like I’ve never had bubble tea, but my love for the refreshing/chewy drink had been in hibernation mode while the Pinkberrys and Red Mangoes of NYC took over my last two summers. Now my love is back in action.
I ventured to the West Village tea café, Tea Spot, this weekend to try theirs out. They use a fruit-flavored dairy powder in their drinks, and since milk/yogurt is a no-no for my bubble teas, I was no fan. But they were nice enough to make me a new drink once I realized. Instead, I tried the dairy-free frozen green tea mojito, made with crushed ice, green tea, lemonade, tapioca (which, for those who don’t know, is just a starch derived from Brazilian plants) and spearmint leaves. Sound like a perfect summer drink? Well, it was!
Besides the dairy issue, my other gripe with Tea Spot is the price – $6 for a small and $8 for a large. For real?? Yes.
Want something a little easier on the wallet? Try my two favorite bubble tea spots: TKettle in the East Village and Tease in Murray Hill. Unlike Tea Spot, these two places specialize in bubble tea as opposed to regular tea. TKettle is a really simple place (perfect for on the go) with drinks at about $3-4 - try the mango green tea! And Tease is amazing because they use natural ingredients and offer tons of choices, even passionfruit jellies, which add a delicious sweetness to your drink.
Forget fro-yo; that’s so last summer.
Tea Spot (web site under construction)
127 MacDougal St. (at W. 3rd St.)
A, B, C, D, E, F, V to W. 4th St.
26 St. Marks Place (between 2nd and 3rd ave.)
6 to Astor Place
R, W to 8th St.-Broadway
379 3rd Ave (between 27th and 28th Sts.)
6 to 28th St.