Bubble Tea In Transition

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Bwog got a tip yesterday that Vine, Swish‘s identical twin replacement, lacks the one thing that everyone seemed to like about Swish, may it rest in peace: bubble tea. Fortunately, as our tipster mentioned, 116th Street’s bubble tea franchise is not gone forever, but merely transported two doors down to Ollie’s.

The bubble tea stand occupies a quaint corner, pictured at right, of the ever-frenzied Ollie’s, but we were assured that all the same flavors and weird tapioca balls have all been transported safely and that nothing has changed from Swish’s bubble tea selection. The reason for the move? Simply that Vine and Ollie’s are owned by the same people. 

So bubble tea enthusiasts may now go about their days with the consolation that they’ll never have to set foot in Cafe 212, filled to the brim with things that make you fat, for a healthy dose of boba.


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  1. REVIEW!

    and "same"
    credibility is shot w/out copyediting

  2. Woo:  

    Oh good, I was feeling really upset about the bubble tea going away. This definitely cheers me up.

  3. r.i.p. mango chicken  

    Swish must have been bad in a past life, because this Vine reincarnation sucks balls.

  4. zhan zhu  

    cafe east's bubble tea is still soooo much better

  5. wait...  

    so Ollie's, Swish/Vine, and Tomo are/were owned by the same people?!

  6. Anonymous  

    Does Vine use the same slave labor as Ollie's? How about the tip-reviewing, screeching, manic servers of Swish?

    Why is the pan-Asian cuisine in Morningiside Heights categorically wicked?

  7. i ate  

    at vine this weekend and had a terrible experience. the portions are VERY small and much more expensive than they were before. the service sucked, too--they brought my friend's entree 15 minutes after the rest of ours (there were five of us), and neither apologized nor told us it would be a while in the first place. thumbs down!

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