I've tried bubble tea a few times in NY and I usually just kinda like it. It never really knocks me off my feet. However, I keep trying, most recently yesterday at Zen Zoo. I really went all out, ordering a hot almond-flavored version. I didn't even know you could get hot bubble tea, I'd only tried cold ones. Thank goodness you can, it's been really cold lately. This is the "after" shot.
The "before" shot doesn't offer any hint of the lurking black pearls. If you know nothing about bubble tea, it's a recent Taiwanese invention (1980's) that is sugared, milky (usually black) tea with small, chewy balls of tapioca. You get a nice, fat straw to slurp up both the tea and the pearls. I liked this version a lot - the tea part at least. I tried to eat the pearls, honest. After struggling with a few mouthfuls, I left the rest bottomed in the cup.
Zen Zoo serves lunch and dinner but I was there during the afternoon tea slot. I once again tried to force myself to like Asian-style cheesecake. I gotta stop trying. Their green tea cheese cake was like any other Asian version - dry and bland. It didn't put a damper on things, though. There were a lot of people there, lots of energy - the tea was good - I'll be back soon with Puffin in tow.
You can even get your bubble tea to go, which seemed like a popular option. There was a line of people at the order window when I got there and an even longer one when I left.
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