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Second Location of Boba Guys Bubbles Up in the Village

Sam Patwell

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.”

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Oh, Balls! Yet Another Bubble Tea Shop Is Opening on St. Marks Place

Bubble tea at Nohohon (Photo courtesy of Nohohon Tea Room)

Bubble tea at Nohohon (Photo courtesy of Nohohon Tea Room)

It’s a popular lament: the Beats, hippies and punks that used to roam St. Marks Place have been replaced by “students, tourists and bubble tea shops.”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 BarKung 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.

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Boba Guys Will Start Slinging ‘Grade A Balls’ on Saturday

Photo by Kavitha Surana

Photo by Kavitha Surana

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 »

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Chill New Spot For Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken and Chocolate Slush

10409622_1601862313419431_810605332597685005_nJust 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.

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Manhattan Ave Gets Octopus Balls, Tapioca Balls, Meatballs

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

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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