April 30, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Möge Tee, a New York City-based bubble tea chain, will be making its way to Long Island City next month. The new franchise location—the fifth in the city, and second in Queens—will be opening up at 42-38 Crescent St. in mid May.
The shop will be bringing the chain’s signature bubble teas—cold Asian teas made with sweetened milk and tapioca balls—to the LIC community. The idea to open the shop in the Queens neighborhood came to one of the location’s co-owners, Lisa Zhao, after she noticed a lack of bubble tea options in the area.
“I personally live in the area and I’d walk around and didn’t see any,” Zhao said. “I can see a lot of people who want bubble tea and the demographic is perfect for a bubble tea store, so why don’t I try to solve that problem?”
Zhao is opening the LIC location with co-owners Jason Zheng and Caroline Lu. Lu also operates the chain’s East Village location, where Zhao was first introduced to the Möge Tee products.
The teas served at Möge Tee are all made from scratch, using fresh ingredients, Zhao said. The menu features several kinds of fruit teas, matcha teas, and even dessert inspired teas, including a creme brulee milk tea. According to Zhao, the crowd favorites tend to be the avocado shake and dragon fruit flavors.
For the more adventurous drinkers, Möge Tee has several cheese teas—sweet teas topped with a cheese foam.
In addition to the teas, the location will be offering a soufflé pancake, and may add dumplings and buns to the menu after opening, depending on feedback from the clientele.
To say Moge Tee is a NYC-based chain is misleading (or poorly researched) considering it started in China in 2014…and per their corporate website there are 312 locations in China compared to only 40 in the US. That said, it is really yummy.
How much in kickbacks did JVB take from the Bubble Tea industry for this?!