Dessert Alert: ViVi Bubble Tea


ViVi Bubble Tea
205 Allen St. New York, NY 10014
(Allen St. + E. Houston St.)

Noticed the works of (bubble tea) art blowing up Instagram lately? Wonder what these glorious creations are? Say hello to the bubble tea float, only available at the Lower East Side location! Essentially it’s a combination of tapioca pearls + pudding + Oreos + red bean + ice cream, which is then topped with a beautiful cloud of cotton candy, sprinkled with pop rocks, and finally, finished off with a nice dose of liquid nitrogen to get things poppin’ (and smokin’ – literally!).

Drink flavors include taro — and all time favorite of mine — matcha, green tea, black tea, and chocolate. My final creation was a taro, cookies and cream, pretty-in-pink dream! This dessert beverage even comes with a shot of extra drink and whipped cream to pour in to your jar once you squish (and/ or eat) the cloud of sugar.

GO or NO?
This is a cotton candy revival. Who knew cotton candy was superb in pearl drinks? Plus with ice cream and Oreos? If you’re in the area, it is strongly advised you pop in! If you’re a cotton candy hating monster, don’t worry. ViVi has an extensive list of bubble tea flavors that range from strawberry or almond milk tea, to lychee or mango slushees, to even specialty drinks such as red, yellow, or black “Moo Milk,” though I’m still unsure what that is exactly. You can’t go wrong.


Chelsea is a San Francisco-based journalist whose passion revolves around exploring the world, immersing herself in foreign cultures, and of course, eating and drinking everything delicious.

Her work can be found in TravelPulse, Forbes, INSIDER, SF Gate and more. She covers all things food, drink and travel and is always up for an adventure, whether that means an adrenaline-pumping excursion or trying a new cuisine.


  1. August 29, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    There’s a tea place in Japan town that tops their drinks with cotton candy too, but not like that! Looking at it makes my teeth hurt, but I’d still try it.

    • September 3, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      It’s actually amazing. I was skeptical too at first haha

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