Stumbled upon Tea Magic on Broadway between 111 and 112 tonight. Had my first pudding milk tea since it was a special today for $1.99. It's like bubble tea, but instead of bubble for the chewy texture you have the less chewy but still "Q" chunk of pudding to slurp through the big straws. I'm usually not a bubble tea drinker as I find most too sickly sweet for my taste. This one tasted good to me. ( I'm one for liking my tea/coffee black, and if with creme, never sweetener.) I should have known though, that if it's just right for me, it'd probably be not sweet enough for the general taste. I thought I heard the table next to me complaining amongst themselves that it's not sweet. oh well. Later, I asked whether the tea is real tea or powder, and was confirmed that they brew the tea with real tea leaves. That's probably why I liked it.
They also have frozen yogurt, which I didn't try, but did notice that for toppings they have whole cooked azuki beans. Not sure if that's common or not, but would be something I'd want for when the shaved ice cravings hit.
They had some Northern Chinese style hand made boiled dumplings (水饺) cooked and neatly packaged in the cooler next to the cashier. Also some curry over rice, and eel over rice. These are supplied by East Dumplings on 106 street. They have a menu from East Dumplings there in case people want more than just what they have in Tea Magic.( I found this review on Chowhound http://www.chow.com/restaurants/57199... ) There might also be bags of flash frozen dumplings for sale at the restaurant itself.
Then there's also one wall lined with baskets of some Chinese Bakery items like the Bo Lo Mian Bao, Peanut Cream bun, green tea cake, seaweed cookies, Chinese sliced bread..etc.
For those time you just can't quite make it to Chinatown this place might satisfy some of the cravings.
2878 Broadway, New York, NY 10025