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Saint’s Alp Teahouse

Saint’s Alp Teahouse
39 3rd Ave
(between Great Jones St & Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

Oh have I grown.  Saint’s Alp was the first bubble tea place I was introduced to as a college student in Boston visiting New York for exciting weekends in the big city.  Boston’s bubble tea scene is pretty limited.  Very few places in Boston have their own bubble tea sealing machine, a sign of their inauthenticity.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a comparison:

Left is a bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea I was saving in my fridge as a post-dinner treat.  See how the cup is sealed at the top in plastic?  There is a satisfaction of popping that straw through the plastic and it only comes with getting quality bubble tea.  Many places serve the tea and bubbles like the photo on the right.  It’s usually made with some “tea-mix” and crumbly tapioca.  No good.  If a place invests in a sealer, you know they intend to make good bubble tea.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a sufficient relationship (I’m studying for the LSAT, forgive me) but a necessary one, if serves quality bubble tea then has sealer, not if has sealer than serves quality.  There are plenty of places that have invested in a sealer and just can’t get their tea right. Continue reading Saint’s Alp Teahouse

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String …

These are a few of my favorite things!  Valentine’s surprise from my favorite person included some of my very favorite foods.  You’ll start to notice that I particularly love starch-wrapped things.  Dumplings, hot dogs, sandwichs, lobster rolls, all kinds of buns, burritos, tacos, burgers etc. – I love ’em all!


‘Twas a hodgepodge dinner of…


Baohaus: Birdhaus Bun
238 E 14th St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Baohaus is a tiny restaurant that boasts a lot of swag.  There are usually 3 people working, the bao-man (man who makes the actual bun), the stuffer, and the cashier.  They play a lot of old school hip hop music and have swagalicious bao-art up on the walls.  Check out my older post about the place for more info.  Of all the baos, this one is my fav.  Fried chicken with spicy seasoning, salt, cilantro, crushed peanuts, and taiwanese red sugar.  Taro fries on the right are also deeeeelicious, if you truly love taro that is.  If you’ve only had taro bubble tea, you don’t know what taro actually tastes like.  I suggest you get your butt over to Baohaus and check out these fries.  They are starchier than the average potato, maybe more like a yucca, and have a distinctly sweeter flavor.  The fries are served up with a side of “Haus sauce,” which is a garlicy peanuty sauce.


Luke’s Lobster
93 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009

Luke’s Lobster is a tiny shack in the East Village (also in many other locations) that serves up some fresh Maine lobster rolls with trendy sodas like Ginger Root and Sarsaparilla.  The owner was a savvy investment banker who left the industry to pursue his true passion: lobster.  His father provides all the lobster, already cooked, from the family seafood processing company in Maine. Continue reading Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String …