For D’s birthday, he decided on Ippudo for lunch but unfortunately, the wait was insane and they even closed early for lunch. We walked around the Village and stumbled upon a new Ramen shop called “Saint’s Alp Teahouse.” The menu looked promising and we love bubble tea, so you can’t go wrong with Ramen and bubble tea. Plus, this restaurant looked just like the bubble tea place we always went to in Chinatown.
The first things we ordered was the bubble tea. When we went to Chinatown, we always ordered bubble tea from “Green Tea Cafe” but unfortunately, they closed a while ago. When we went to Flushing, we always ordered bubble tea from “Sago”, but unfortunately, they closed as well. We were sad when they closed our sources for good bubble tea. Saint’s Alp Teahouse did not disappoint with their bubble tea. We ordered the coconut milk tea with bubbles and lychee with nata de coco. The bubble tea was amazing and so similar to where we used to have bubble tea. The coconut milk tea was so coconuty and you could taste the black milk. The lychee with nata de coco was reminiscent of “Green Tea Cafe” but with a spin. There was lychee slush on top!
We didn’t order an appetizer since we had Japadogearlier. D ordered the Spicy Ramen with Chicken Wings. D loves ramen and we haven’t been able to find a good Ramen place since our favorite ones have closed. Ippudo was the best choice for Ramen but they closed early for lunch. The Ramen was VERY spicy. I warned D since there was a pepper next to this on the menu but he told them to make it not as spicy. Whatever they did, the ramen was still pretty spicy. The chicken wings were nice and moist and the ramen was, well…ramen. I thought the ramen was mildly spicy but D couldn’t stand it. I let him have most of my noodle soup, because I’m a good girlfriend.
I ordered the Beef Stew with Rice Noodles. This was way better than D’s spicy ramen. The beef was nice and tender. The noodles were great (I am biased. I love all noodles!). The egg was cooked nicely but I could have done without it. My only complaint were the giant pieces of ginger in the broth. I am not a huge fan of ginger but I can do with tiny pieces of ginger, not huge chunks of them. I just picked out the ginger but the broth was rich and full of flavor.
Saint’s Alp Teahouse
39 3rd Ave
New York, NY 100033