Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Chinatown

by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013

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  • Kung Fu Tea
    73 Chrystie St., 646-288-4936
    234 Canal St., 212-334-3536
    It's getting easier and easier to find bubble milk tea—that sweet, creamy drink garnished with gumdrop-size balls of dark tapioca—as Chinese restaurants and cafés alike are serving the once exotic drink. Still, specialized teahouses dedicated to the beverage tend to have a more refined drink (the tea flavor is more complex, the tapioca consistently fresher). Kung Fu Tea, which has two locations in Manhattan's Chinatown and a dozen in the area, is one of the best. You can't go wrong with the basic Kung Fu Milk Bubble Tea, but if you're looking for more than just bubbles, try the popular Jelly Wow Milk, which adds a dollop of a mild-flavored herb-based jelly to the mix. The menu here is extensive; you'll find teas sweetened with longan honey, slushes made with grapefruit or fig jelly, and even icy coffee drinks with caramel or chocolate.

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