Chinatown – Irish and Dive bars

Had your fill of Asian cuisine? Want to have a conversation with a long time New Yorker over a beer or cocktail? Just looking for something a bit more familiar? Have no fear, there is an Irish or Dive bar in each of these Chinatowns. Manhattan fancier – Whiskey Tavern  79 Baxter Street Across from the jail, you will find plenty of lawyers and city employees here. Upscale, a little more expensive than the other Manhattan option. This was filled at 3 in the afternoon. They have a full menu and some basic beers as well as some micro brews.… Read More

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Sweety Shop – A shop full of Sweet things

There are 2 Sweety Shops  in Brooklyn on 8th Avenue. One is at 53rd street and the other at 60th street on 8th Avenue.  They both have so many sweet things. Small wallets with cute characters, diaries with keys and cute characters on them, slippers with cute characters on them, purses, bags, shirts with cute characters on them, you get the idea. This shop is just adorable. A pre-teen girls dream shop. I loved that they had pencil cases, I didn’t even realize they really made those anymore. And they had cute characters on them. Unfortunately, they did not allow… Read More

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Chinatown – Brooklyn – 59th to 64th Street

The final stretch of 8th Avenue in Brooklyn’s Chinatown brings more tea and plenty of amazing desserts. Tsaocaa Tea 773 59th street This tea shop was beautiful. Clean lines, modern look, a fair amount of seating. It is just off the Avenue (towards 7th Ave) so it is a bit quieter. Walk up the stairs, grab a seat and enjoy a lovely well brewed cup of tea. Tiger Sugar 5903 8th ave A tea shop with a 45 minute wait for a cup of tea? I went by during their opening week in Brooklyn and they were releasing the Brown… Read More

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Chinatown – Brooklyn – 56th to 58th Street

Mudflow Tea House Bubble Tea   5602 8th ave This tea shop had a clean, modern look. The tea is fresh and the Matcha comes from Japan. The frappes are very filling. The Brown Sugar Milk teas are served upside down so you can see the items flow and mix together. The Mocha Mud Frappe is a wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate! This is the only location at this time. If you are going, let me know, I’ll come along. I want to try the Panda Coffee. Dragon Bay Bakery 57-11 8th Ave You can only drink so much tea… Read More

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