Ask Midtown Lunch: Bubble Tea

“There used to be a bubble tea café right in the middle of Times Sq., but it appears to have been replaced by one of those terrible Tasti D-lite (fake) ice cream places. Dishes offers exactly one type of bubble tea, “fruit-flavored jasmine tea”, with one type of tapioca and three choices of fruit jelly. They don’t even offer the basic milk pearl tea. At $3.50 it’s a ripoff and a poor attempt at trendifying a delicious commodity item. It’s the perfect remedy for Starbucks, especially in the summer–the tea tastes better, it’s healthier and cheaper, and refreshingly cool! Where has all the midtown bubble tea gone?”
                                                                                      – Lane R.


The only Bubble Tea I’ve seen remotely close to Midtown is on 9th Ave. btw. 47+48th @ Pearl on the Sushi.  But technically, 9th ave. is out of ML range… anybody got a bubble tea selection for Lane, more centrally located?  Post it as a comment below. 

And as always, if you’ve got a question, email it to  If I know the answer, I’ll let you know- or post it for the Midtown Lunch readers to answer.


  • I think Hing Won had a poster advertising bubble tea. Not sure how good it is, or if they still carry it, but it is conveninently located midtown and easy enough to check it out.

  • Times Gourmet deli (40th bet. 7th and 8th) supposedly has bubble tea. I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t attest to how good it is or how much it costs. I also miss having good bubble tea in the area.

  • Dishes does really nice bubble tea – mango, passionfruit, green tea. I think it’s quite pricey – about $3.50 but it’s worth it. Dishes is on 45th between Madison and 5th

  • Saw a sign for bubble tea at Pearl on the Sushi 9th Ave btwn 47th & 48th St

  • The Bubble Tea in Dishes is $4.50 and it is NOT done right. It merely canned fruit syrup with large ice cubes and canned fruit at the bottom with medium sized tapiocca pearls. I do not recommend it.

  • Dishes bubble tea is terrible! and its $4.50! The tapioca is hard and the tea is too watery.

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    If you’re hankering for a bubble tea in Midtown, “Tease” located on 3rd Ave between 27th & 28th is a must! The quality is superb, and I’ve tried several places in Manhattan. I love their coconut milk bubble tea as well as their $2.50 specials which vary by the week.

  • Candace, do you work for TEASE or are you affiliated with it in any way? :)

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