Ying Du is Now Serving Bubble Tea


Awhile back I posted a “Where to get Bubble Tea” Ask Midtown Lunch post, which yielded a few responses: Dishes (which is supposedly terrible) and Hing Won on 48th btw. 5+6th, which is not that bad. You can get in Koreatown on 32nd btw. B’way and 5th, but for those of us working in the heart of Midtown Lunch, there’s not much. I did however noticed the other day that Ying Du on 38th btw. 7+8th (formerly the 38th St. Restaurant and Bakery) is now serving bubble tea. For $2.50 you get a decent size cup, and the regular black tea version I had was pretty darn good (especially in the ridiculous heat,) and definitely better than Hing Won.

If you’re heading over to Go Go Curry today for your 3 free toppings coupons, you might want to check it out- it’s right next door.  Anybody else have a bubble tea suggestion?  Feel free to put it in the comments below…


  • zach, where can you get it on 32nd st?? i’m always hankerin. rarely see bubble tea in midtown (as you know), and it has yet to make its sunnyside debut.. i’d totally train it down to k-town for the quality tapioca magic.

  • I have to disagree with you on the Hing Won bubble tea. Your “not that bad” = my “could not even finish.” Re: 32nd St., I know there’s a bakery type place on the north side of the street between 5th and B’way (closer to B’way) that serves it, but the selection was narrow.

  • there’s a Fay Da bakery in midtown, 34th bet 7th and 8th, in the “LunchBox Buffet” place, 5 dollar, 5 combinations lunch special. they got bubble teas and everything.

  • When I go to Hing Won and ask for Bubble Tea, it’s always a hassle because it’s rarely ordered. Someone has to come from the back and then it takes 10 minutes while everyone is looking at you.

    I like Lili’s in 56-57th St. on 7th for the Bubble tea fix.

  • If you’re gonna order from Ying Du, make sure you call it “iced tea w/pearl” or something like that…otherwise they aren’t going to know what you’re talking about. There was some definite communication problems trying to make them understand what I wanted, even my with Chinese co-worker acting as a translator. But once I got the black milk tea…I was happy. :)

  • When I used to work on 32nd, I could get bubble teas from Pho 32. Not really a true bubble tea, in my opinion, because they were a slushier texture than the ones I get from Teariffic in Chinatown.

    But it’s an awesome treat on a hot hot day.

  • yo! Fay Da on 34th Street’s got it all!!!

    they got a full line of bubble tea/slushies with all different flavors… fresh fruit smoothies with or without bubbles… and if you can’t decide which flavor is good for your taste buds, just ask the girls to mix a few flavors to surprise you.

    now that’s what i call bringing chinatown to midtown : )

    oh yeah, you might wanna avoid their lunch hour rush because it sometimes is IMPOSSIBLE to walk into the store with the crowd that’s inside.

  • Fuji Bakery on 35th (b/w 7th & 8th) also has a decent bubble tea (and an excellent steam table!).

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