Boba Guys

Restaurants, Tea rooms Lower East Side
Boba Guys
Photograph: Liz Clayman

Boba, or Taiwanese bubble tea, went from plastic cup to mason jar when Boba Guys' artisanal San Francisco shop opened in 2011. Uniting the popular sugary beverage with an unprecedented locavore ethos, owners Bin Chen and Andrew Chau swapped processed powders and artificial sweeteners for house-made cane-sugar syrups and organic milk sourced from Bay Area–based Straus Family Creamery. Four years and two locations later, the chainlet makes an East Coast jump with this minimalist 14-seat counter hawking traditional Eastern varieties (classic black milk tea, lychee green tea) and globally influenced cups (horchata, Indian chai with ginger), all built with dairy from Battenkill Valley Creamery in Salem, New York. To complement the drinks, find Hong Kong–style toasts (buttercream, condensed milk) as well as New York–exclusive sweets like Four & Twenty Blackbirds pies and Balthazar pastries.


Venue name: Boba Guys
Address: 23 Clinton St
New York
Cross street: between E Houston and Stanton Sts
Opening hours: Thu–Sat noon–9pm; Sun noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts; F to Delancey St
Price: Average drink: $5
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I came here the other day, since I was in the area, and it was delicious. I loved the space, as it was bright and airy and they had a great menu full of yummy bubble teas to choose from. It was a bit on the pricey side, but I would absolutely come back again!