Details: Located at 135-15 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is http://www.yifangtea.nyc/
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea is the new hotness in bubble tea in Flushing. Every single time I’ve walked by, there has been a ridiculous line for this places bubble tea. Finally, I decided to get on line and try it out.
I ordered their signature drink, which is the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea underneath the Tea Latte section. A smaller size cost about six dollars after tax. They even specify on the menu that you cannot alter any of the aspects of this drink (like sugar content) and that it is predetermined. You can do that for almost everything else on the menu.
The main thing that makes this drink unique versus the bubble tea of its competitors is the tapioca. They serve this drink with approximately slightly less than half tapioca, half milk tea. The tapioca is warm and fresh, while the tea half is cold. What you get is a drink that is half hot and half cold and that makes all the difference. The tapioca is fresh, warm, and really soft. It’s almost like a custard. It’s a pleasant sensation. The taste of the tapioca is not extraordinary, just the texture. The tea is mostly milk and not noteworthy. If you mix the two, it turns into an average milk bubble tea.
And that’s the main trick. They serve hot, fresh tapioca. Other places make tapioca in the morning and just keep serving from that initial batch throughout the day. This place makes smaller batches of tapioca throughout the day so that customers can have it fresh and warm, which is more of a hassle for the business. This likely also contributes to the line since people have to wait for batches of tapioca to get made.
Overall, this place was fine. I think it’s worth trying, but not worth waiting in line for.