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Best Boba: Top 10 bubble tea in New York City

Best Boba: Top 10 bubble tea in New York City

Welcome to our Best Boba series! In these posts, I will be inviting foodies and bubble tea lovers from different cities around the world to give us their favorite boba spots in their city. New York City! 


Best Boba NYC: OneZo

1. OneZo

110 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

This Taiwanese boba shop made its debut in NYC a few months ago and is known for its menu of homemade boba with flavors ranging from honey to mango to black sesame. Along with a classic collection of teas, there’s nothing more you need. OneZo has become one of our go-to daily boba spots.



Best Boba: NYC - Tiger Sugar

2. Tiger Sugar

197 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013

Tiger Sugar claims to have created the original brown sugar boba. Their signature beverage has brown sugar running down the sides of the cup, reminiscent of the look of tiger stripes. Very popular in Asia, this boba shop is their first U.S. location.



Best Boba NYC: Bar Pa Tea

3. Bar Pa Tea

85 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012

Different from your classic boba shop, Bar Pa Tea offers not only boba drinks, but also boba soft serve in oolong, black tea, and swirl flavors. Their original store, Pa Tea, on East 14th Street, is also great, and features many different kinds of beverages that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.


Best Boba NYC: Hello Always Tea

4. Hello Always Tea

60 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Hello Always is one of our favorite boba spots. They have some of the best tapioca around the area, since they make it themselves, and the premium tea is always fresh. They’re now only open on weekends, but they have boba-making classes during the week!


Best Boba NYC: Koi Thé

5. KOI Thé

189 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

KOI Thé is another favorite in Asia that has made its way to NYC. This shop’s signature beverage is the Golden Bubble Milk Tea, which we highly recommend.


Best Boba NYC: Tea I Y

6. Tea I Y

124B Hester St, New York, NY 10002

TEA I Y is a unique DIY boba experience where you can watch all your boba ingredients come together in a laboratory-like setting. All your ingredients are brought to you in beakers, syringes, and petri dishes for you to mix them all together yourself using a magnetic stirrer. A great date spot!!



Best Boba NYC: Rabbit Rabbit Tea

7. Rabbit Rabbit Tea

110-112 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

According to our California friends, good New York boba is hard to find, but Rabbit Rabbit Tea takes them right back to the West Coast. Sharing a space with Xiang Xiang Noodle, there is ample seating room inside to hang out and chat.


Best Boba NYC: Space194

8. Space194

194 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

This East Village shop has a great menu for anyone looking to try something new! From the Watermelon Matchade to the La Vie en Rose, Space194 combines high quality tea with new flavors to keep us coming back.


Best Boba NYC: The Alley

9. The Alley

68 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

The Alley recently opened a location in NY, and we like it because of its unique beverages. We recommend trying their signature drink, the Deerioca, or if you want something less sweet, give Royal Milk No. 9 a try.


Best Boba NYC: Boba Guys

10. Boba Guys

23 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

One of the first premium boba shops to open in NYC, Boba Guys now has several locations across the city. We love that Boba Guys is always coming up with new seasonal drinks, which keeps us coming back, not to mention the quality ingredients that Boba Guys always uses.

About the Authors

Best Boba NYC: Ashley and Jesse

We’re Ashley and Jesse, and we’re both business students at NYU! Because of our love for boba, we decided to start reviewing the boba shops across the city at our Instagram page, @bobabudz_. We love trying new things, but our favorite drink is Boba Guys’ hojicha. Ashley usually gets the classic pearl milk tea at most boba shops, though. We hope you enjoyed reading our article!


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