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Bibble & Sip: An Alpaca Cafe with lots of matcha and lavender (and alpacas)

Bibble & Sip
Bibble & Sip
253 W 53rd St (8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019

J.S., my super trendy fashionista friend (check out her blog!) who also loves to eat and drink coffee, introduced me to Bibble & Sip. She had me at “alpaca.”

Bibble & SipBibble & Sip is a cute coffee shop in Hell’s Kitchen (I know, cute+coffee shop+Hell’s Kitchen almost never go together) that serves up lots of unique, delicious things like earl grey banana bread, pistachio cake, earl grey panna cotta, matcha latte, lavender lattes, etc. The theme seems to be tea-infused things…. yumz. It is also RANDOMLY alpaca themed.

Bibble & SipI spy with my little eye… an alpaca.

Bibble & Sip
I made R.Y. come check it out with me recently and we got these pretty cups of matcha latte and lavender latte.  Continue reading Bibble & Sip: An Alpaca Cafe with lots of matcha and lavender (and alpacas)

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

Cha-An: Green Tea Roll and Sake Ice Cream

Cha-An
230 E 9th St, 2nd Fl
(between Stuyvesant St & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

 

I love green tea and matcha and all related desserts. This is the second time I have been to Cha An and was equally satisfied as the first. The tea house is very small and is decorated with simple wooden furniture. We ordered my favorite matcha latte and black sesame creme brûlée. Since we usually choose to splurge on dinner, and thus rarely decide to go somewhere just for dessert, I decided to splurge this time and also got this green tea roll. Continue reading Cha-An: Green Tea Roll and Sake Ice Cream