I read in TONY that a hong-kong tea chain called Saint
Alps (?) opened up at 51 Mott between Canal and
Bayard. There is a picture of that soothing,
summertime drink tapioca tea; has anyone tried it yet?
I dropped in on St. Alps last weekend. It's the only
states-side branch of a huge Hong-Kongese franchise
that serves tapioca drinks, fruit shakes, appetizers
and even little "pizzas" with pineapple.
I tried a black tea drink with coconut juice and
tapioca. For 2.95, it was small (I guess you pay for
the big straw!) but refreshing. It's worth a try.
Tell me what you think.
Deputy-dog writes: "I tried a black tea drink with
coconut juice and tapioca. For 2.95, it was small (I
guess you pay for the big straw!) but refreshing."
Well, I finally stopped at Saint's Alp today and had
the same thing: I must say...I am repulsed! Nothing in
my culinary history ever prepared me for sucking up
slime balls with an oversized straw; I thought our
mothers told us to stop doing things like that when we
were kids. I'd rather drink chicha chewed and spat by
native South American Indians [search "Extreme
Chowhounding"], which is essentially also a tapioca
The good thing is that when these tea parlors (and I am
a tea drinker) start popping up all over Manhattan like
Star#%$#&s, I won't be tempted to go in and plunk down
my lunch money for a cup of tea.
I'm a big fan of Saint's Alp, and I'd heard rumours that there was going to be one opening in the Times Square area. Can anyone confirm/deny? It would bring me great joy to know that I could spend my summer lunch breaks savoring the refreshing milky goodness of some tapioca tea. And you're never too old to have peanut butter toast for lunch, right?
Alternately, anyone know of a place in midtown where I could get my tapioca pearl 'n toast fix?