Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vivi Bubble Tea-NYC

Vivi Bubble Tea
49 Bayard St
New YorkNY 10002

Of course the best bubble tea around would be in Chinatown. This place is authentic all the way down to the Hello Kitty and the Homer outside. If you are familiar with Asian trends and stores in Japan this would fit right in. They also only employee cute Asian girls so that's a bonus. They serve a HUGE variety of bubble teas and also serve a few food items. Don't forget to pick up your frequent buyer card buy 5 get 1 free. After sampling bubble tea up and down the east coast from Boston to South Carolina this is by far the best. Basically bubble tea is a tea or milk tea with tapioca balls and a big straw so you can suck them up while you drink. It is a total texture trip and can be quite awkward at first. If you are not familiar with bubble tea here's  the wiki definition:

Pearl Milk Tea is a sweetly flavored tea beverage invented in Taiwan. Drink recipes may vary, but most bubble teas contain a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. Ice blended versions of the drink are also available, usually in fruit flavors. Bubble teas may contain small tapioca balls or pearls called "boba". Pearls made of jelly are also available in many places. These teas are shaken to mix the ingredients, creating a foam on the top of some varieties, hence the name.
Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, first spread to nearby East Asian countries, migrated to Canada before spreading to Chinatowns throughout the United States, and then to various trendy college towns along the West Coast.

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