Details: Located around New York City. Official sites are http://kfteausa.com/, http://www.tenren.com/index.html, http://www.cocobubbletea.com/, http://www.vivibubbletea.com/index.php, http://www.gongchausa.com/
I’ve been drinking bubble tea for years. Many, many years. So it’s not surprising that I’ve developed my own preferences in regards to which bubble tea place is my favorite. The bubble tea places that I chose for this list needed to have at least three locations within the New York City area and they needed to be primarily bubble tea places. They could not be restaurants or cafes that happened to also sell bubble tea. If you go to these establishments, you’re going here for the bubble tea and the bubble tea alone.
Kung Fu Tea
Kung Fu Tea in my opinion is one of the best if not the best tasting bubble teas because their tea actually tastes different. I want to say it’s because they use Lactaid as their dairy component, but I’m not entirely sure. Whatever they put in there, it’s good. I will note that some friends have had bad experiences with the service here.
Ten Ren Tea
Ten Ren Tea just makes the cut with only three locations in NYC. Where Kung Fu Tea has a slightly distinct taste, Ten Ren tastes vastly different from other places. Personally, I don’t like it, but I do know people who love Ten Ren bubble tea and prefer it over other brands.
CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice
Coco is an unexceptional place to get bubble tea. They have pretty much everything you can get anywhere else. Even though it’s merely average, I still prefer CoCo over other places. I can’t explain it.
Vivi Bubble Tea
Vivi’s tea is like CoCo’s; it is unexceptional. It is average. One thing that distinguishes Vivi is that they offer food. I don’t recommend any of it that isn’t deep fried. The other thing that distinguishes this place are the bubble teas or floats with cotton candy coming out of the top. Those I recommend.
Gong Cha Bubble Tea
I had Gong Cha once and I never went back. I thought it was terrible. I’ve since asked people who actually liked Gong Cha about what they liked about it and they said that it had a very distinct tea taste which, I’m guessing, is different from the sugary taste of other bubble teas. Personally, I don’t like it.
Kung Fu Tea is the best place that mainly does bubble tea and has three or more locations in New York City. Personally, I prefer CoCo… for no discernible reason. I still acquiesce that Kung Fu Tea is better.