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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!

Frozen green tea mojito bubble tea

Frozen green tea mojito bubble tea

You can see the minced spearmint leaves

You can see the minced spearmint leaves

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.)
212.832.7768
A, B, C, D, E, F, V to W. 4th St.

TKettle
26 St. Marks Place (between 2nd and 3rd ave.)
212.982.9782
6 to Astor Place
R, W to 8th St.-Broadway

Tease
379 3rd Ave (between 27th and 28th Sts.)
212.889.8727
6 to 28th St.

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