If you’re one of those New Yorkers who thinks that anything healthy can’t taste good, we’re here to change your mind. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea with exceptionally high levels of antioxidants and health benefits. Here is our guide to New York City’s 10 best matcha spots.
Cha Cha Matcha
Cafe, American, $
While Cha Cha Matcha is a relative newcomer to Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, your Instagram feed has likely showcased their picture-perfect pink and green products for some time. The interior has a relaxed LA vibe with classic NYC flair, and their wide range of matcha drinks ensures that you get your much-needed caffeine fix. The matcha soft serve is the perfect balance of sweet but not too sweet; the matcha lemonade is refreshing, and the matcha tea is a classic.
Cafe, Market, American, 0
Currently located on West 4th, CHALAIT is soon to open up shop in NoMad and Chelsea Market. CHALAIT combines the Japanese word for tea (cha) with the French word for milk (lait) and aims to create new ways to enjoy matcha beyond a cup of tea. From the matcha latte to their matcha fizz, alongside matcha pastries and muesli matcha toast, everything is made with fresh, matcha-infused ingredients.
Bakery, Japanese, $
The bright blue entrance of Takahachi Bakery opens its doors to a delicious world of freshly baked pastries and bread. If the comforting scent of warm bread isn’t enough, you can see the pastry chefs and bakers at work through clear windows. Macarons, cakes, tarts, and more are created in the Japanese style of delicious simplicity.
Bibble & Sip
Bakery, Bubble Tea Shop, Pastry Shop, Pastries, Dessert, Asian, $
The trademark alpaca mascot greets you along with a waft of matcha and cream. Not only is Bibble & Sip incredibly cute, but their signature matcha cream puff also has people scrambling to fit through the doors of their charming storefront. Bibble & Sip may look like any other café, but what sets this bakery apart is their freshly baked, in-house treats with an extra shot of adorable.
SPOT Dessert Bar
Dessert Shop, Restaurant, Bar, Asian, American, Dessert, $
SPOT is here for one very obvious reason: green tea lava cake. SPOT Dessert Bar is the proud server of one of the city’s most photographed desserts. Slide your spoon through the cake to find a chocolatey matcha lava flow out. Paired with a refreshing green tea ice cream, the entire dessert melts in your mouth. The ‘green tea-ramisu’ and a Japanese cheesecake called the ‘matcha garden’ are also must-tries.
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