The trio of friends who founded Kung Fu Tea nearly a decade ago did so after a disappointing experience at a bubble tea shop in NYC. They'd just come back from a trip to Taiwan, where they enjoyed the authentic treat on a regular basis, and were dismayed by the poor imitation they found at the cafe in Queens. So the buddies decided to do something about it. They opened Kung Fu Tea in New York, and since have expanded to include more than 150 locations across three countires—including a branch that opened three months ago in Bethesda.
Come to Kung Fu Tea to experience what authentic bubble tea really tastes like. The cafe promises a variety of classic iced teas, boba-infused milk teas, and jelly-topped punches and specialty drinks. If you're looking for a light and refreshing sip, order the strawberry lemonade, a frosty ombré concoction flecked with the sweet jelly. If you want something more decadent, order a classic milk tea speckled with tapioca bubbles and crushed Oreos. Kung Fu also offers tea-infused slush and other unique options, so you might want to make repeat visits to experience the different beverages.