Iced teas on a cold night – wow!

We were new to Chinatown, New York and although the restaurant at the hotel was really good, we thought we could be brave enough and venture outdoors in the cold looking for someplace different to eat. Online searches fixed us on a number of interesting places – obviously, for we were in the heart of Chinatown that borders with Little Italy.

Everything pointed to Yaya Tea Garden as the best option, unbelievably just around the block from the hotel. The location was perfect.

So GPS set, we moved out, past the quaint shops selling everything from herbs, medicines, souvenirs and frozen seafood, but somehow could not find the place. We walked back and forth, and almost changed our mind, until we suddenly realized that it was right there! Must have been the hoods had affected our peripheral vision!

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Tea infuser bottle (with secret hiding place!)

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Frozen seafood in Chinatown

Yaya Tea Garden, at first appearances, is a non-descript little place that (like us) you could almost miss. But once there, and a bubble tea in your hands, its location is certain to be etched in your mind forever.

We had the Green Panda (Green apple & mango green tea) and The Hulk (Green apple & kiwi green tea) – both really great, even on a cold winters’ night. We should have ordered the rice balls which we heard are really good, but opted for Shrimp Tempura with Udon – not really bad.

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Going green with our bubble teas

They have a pretty big menu of bubble tea flavors, other drinks and food. They also have lots of packaged Asian snack items like chips, cookies and candy. The menu is well priced, except for the packaged snacks. Although relatively small, the place seems pretty popular especially with teenagers, and I did notice that the take-away’s moved quicker. We were lucky that some customers moved as we entered and we could get a table at the back.

We also picked a tea infuser bottle (with secret hiding place!) as it said on the poster and some tea leaves.

Certainly a fun place to visit – and a must go if you are on that side of town.

Location: 51 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002, Between Canal St & Hester St in Chinatown, Lower East Side

Certainly a fun place to visit – and a must go if you are on that side of town.

Location: 51 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002, Between Canal St & Hester St in Chinatown, Lower East Side

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