Where to Find The Best Bubble Tea on Long Island
Originating in Taiwan, bubble tea has taken over Long Island in recent years. The drink is mixed with milk or fruit and tapioca pearls called boba. Called boba tea or bubble tea, they are garnished with jelly, pudding, beans and other toppings. Below we listed just a few of the top bubble tea restaurants on Long Island.
The Early Bird Cafe – A recent entry that has been getting praise from online reviewers. The shop offers bubble tea, milk tea and flavored lattes. Location: 1934A Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, (516) 743-8978.
Black Pearl Bubble Tea – Serving up a variety of fruity bubble teas. Locations: Green Acres Store, 2034 Sunrise Hwy, Valley Stream; Westfield South Shore Store, 1701 Sunrise Hwy, Bay Shore.
Bambu – This franchise shop is owned by four sisters and first launched on the West Coast. In addition to bubble tea, it offers che, a Vietnamese dessert drink. Location: 2350 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook, (631) 364-9360.
Gong Cha – Founded in Taiwan; Gong Cha, which translates to “tribute tea for the emperor” has two locations on Long Island: Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. The company recently purchased a building in Hauppauge so may have plans to expand to more locations.
Yaas Tea – Delivering bubble tea, coffee, and desserts, Yaas has already won best bubble tea on Long Island for 2022. The Brown Sugar BOBO is a popular drink on their menu with brown sugar boba mixed with organic milk topped with savory cheezo cream and caramelized brown sugar ($5.95) as well as the Taro Milk Tea, a sweet drink with subtle hints of vanilla and a nutty flavor, presented in a vividly purple color, shaken with organic whole milk and ice ($5.95). Location: 347 New York Ave Huntington, (631) 271-7777.