Bubble tea resource gone; building for sale

A. wrote in despair: her resources for bubble tea have dried up now that both Kung Fu on Greenwich and Jupioca on Chambers have closed. Kung Fu still has two outlets in Chinatown, and one at 9 Broadway, but the only bubble tea resources I know of in Tribeca are the Jupioca on Church and Jr. Sushi. Chime in if you know better and help a gal (A., that is) out. (One *can* make it oneself, by boiling tapioca balls and following these instructions from Food&Wine. But not sure that’s the point.)

Turns out the former Kung Fu space now has an office tenant — Berger Fink LLP, which specializes in real estate and business disputes and transactions — and the entire building is for sale for a little less than $10 million. It is described in the listing as a 6,600-square-foot villa/townhouse built in 1861, with nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and a potential roofdeck. But what it is actually is a five-story building with four free market (meaning no rent stabilized units) floor-through apartments with keyed elevator access. The listing says they are looking for “value-add investors,” whatever that means…




  1. Not quite Tribeca but there’s Gong Cha inside the Fulton Transit center in FiDi for your bubble tea fix.

  2. Vivi Bubble Tea at 325 Broadway, btw Worth and Thomas

  3. Always loved this trapezoidal building. Along with 317 and 319 Greenwich Street, it was constructed prior to 1860 for commercial use. Fenner & Hardenbergh, wholesale grocers, were already in occupancy August 1860, and J. C. Geissel, wholesale commission merchants were subsequent occupants after 1890. It will be great to see the cornice restored thereby giving this handsome sandstone fronted trio an even greater presence.

  4. For the best bubble tea in lower Manhattan you really need to walk to Boba Guys on Canal Street. Love them so much. They are a way more sustainable company too . . . ;)