I absolutely love boba and have told too many friends that though I can't survive without boba for more than a week. I have instant boba in my bedroom shelf—yes, in the bedroom and not in the kitchen—because buying boba multiple times a week is not a money-savvy habit and the sight of seeing boba pearls makes me happy. From my experiences with boba shops, I would like to dish out my top 5 boba stores, New York City edition, LET'S GO.
NYC's #1 boba store in my humble opinion. They serve high quality creative drinks that you don't find anywhere else. Their honey pineapple oolong tea with aiyu jelly, fresh papaya milk, and delicious oatmeal add-on are terrific. Their matcha drinks contain authentic uji matcha from Kyoto Japan, you know this place is bomb.
The runner-up of Chun Yang, Boba Guys serves high quality boba that does not use any powder and uses organic milk in their drinks. You can REALLY taste the quality of the tea, the pearls are cooked perfectly each time (seriously you have to try it!) and the taste HITS the spot. My favorite drinks are their strawberry matcha latte and thai milk tea.
Easily my favorite brown sugar milk spot out of its competitors. The brown sugar flavor is spot on, amazingly creamy, has perfectly chewy pearls, and is SO aesthetic. Give me one please!
I visited this spot to study because they have fast wifi and study tables, but turns out their boba is even better than their fast wifi. I've tried their creme brulee milk tea with boba and cheese foam black grape tea. The drinks were gone in the blink of an eye.
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea
This modern Taiwan fruit tea store serves my favorite mango pomelo sago slush and brown sugar pearl matcha latte. Their fruit tea is amazing as well, you HAVE to check this place out!