twist on it, but it's not as creamy or sweet as the original (I'm guessing it is healthier though). There are a few restaurants that offer bubble tea, no dedicated cafes.
When I read that the new Taiwanese bubble tea cafe Come Buy opened in the Flatiorn district, I decided to venture down to 28th street. It's not in Midtown, but only a few stops away on the train. The sticky, shiny faces of people waiting on the platform should have warned me against taking the train, but the thought of a cold refreshing milk tea kept me motivated.
I ordered a plain bubble milk tea, sans bubbles. I'm not a huge fan of the tapioca pearls. Later while I was reviewing the menu I noticed something called a COME BUY milk tea, which I'll have to ask about next time. The tea was exactly what I wanted- creamy, a little bit sweet, a little bit bitter. Perfect for this soupy day. Instead of a hard plastic top to your cup, Come Buy gives you a thin plastic sheet that is easily punctured with a straw. Possibly more friendly for the environment, although I recycle my plastic cups anyway.
If you are hungry you can pick up a Dough doughnut for a snack. They actually looked quite tasty, but I knew if I had one with my sweet tea I would have felt drowsy all afternoon.
Even though the cafe is not walking distance from my office (at least not on a hot and humid day), it is in a great location for grabbing tea and walking up to Koreatown for dumplings and kimchi pancakes for lunch. It's also in a busy sample sale area. I'll definitely be back to try more of the items on the menu.
Come Buy: 251 5th ave NY, NY 10016. Recommended for a quick cup