Boba Guys, the San Fransisco-born bubble tea shop, is opening its second New York location this Friday, February 24. The Greenwich Village location, on Waverly Place, looks similar to the Lower East Side one, with the same anteater logo and Spock-inspired catchphrase: “Drink well and prosper.”
It’s a popular lament: the Beats, hippies and punks that used to roam St. Marks Place have been replaced by “students, tourists and bubble tea shops.” Stroll down the block between Second and Third Avenues and you’ll count no less than five places that sling balls: TK Kitchen, Spot Dessert Bar, Kung Fu Tea, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice and Caffé Bene. Sound like a lot? Not for Nanako Mizutani, who on April 9 will tap into the tapioca market with her own takeout tea room at 9 St Marks.
We’re not sure what took so long, but New York is finally getting a premium bubble tea joint. Say goodbye to day-old hardened tapioca balls and over-sweetened fructose syrups that give you the jitters and bid hello to freshly brewed loose-leaf tea and house-made jellies. Boba Guys, hailing from San Francisco, has taken over Brunswick’s short-lived location at 23 Clinton Street and is inaugurating its first New York spot with a grand opening party on Saturday. Keep Reading »
Just in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.
Greenpoint’s gradually gentrifying Manhattan Avenue got a couple more newcomers in recent weeks. But don’t worry, they aren’t serving trendy kale salads. Well, actually, one of them is, but it assures us it’s authentically Sicilian. Here’s what’s new on the strip.
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St. Marks Place lost a prime peoplewatching spot when Japadog closed recently, but now it’s gained another place for freakspotting: Kung Fu Tea, the Taiwanese bubble tea chain, has opened another East Village outpost at 28 St. Marks — and this one has sidewalk seating.
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