Bringing Cult-Favorite Toasted Buns and Premium Teas to New York City’s busiest transportation Hub
By David Chen
Bào Tea House has opened its second location in New York City at 578 9th Ave, bringing its savory and sweet crumbly buns and premium teas to Midtown professionals and commuters as a breakfast or snack option.
Bào Tea House opened its first store in Greenwich Village in April 2018 with the idea of creating a “one tea one bào” lifestyle and making the toasted buns — one of the most popular items on any dim sum menu – more portable and accessible. Having landed in second place of New York Magazine’s “Best New Things to Eat and Drink Right Now,” the buns quickly gained press traction as well as loyalty among local residents and local New York University students.
As the name Bào Tea House suggests, the menu breaks down into two specialties: Bào buns and teas. The variety of bào buns include savory and sweet flavors, toasted and chilled. The teas divide into organic high mountain premium teas and milk teas. The mountain teas are imported directly from Taiwanese tea farms, where each tea leaf is freshly hand-picked so that the aroma releases when boiled in front of the customer.Customers can order items separately, or pair an order of two bàos with a cup of tea for a combo of $9.50.
In addition to the signature bào, including The Classic Bào which is a baked bun filled with pork served with house-developed barbecue sauce, and Lava Bào with the outer dough made with black sesame and inner filling with homemade custard and coconut milk, the second location of Bào Tea House is launching new flavors such as Fried Fish Bào, friendly for pescatarians, and Rose Pudding Bào, which offers an aromatic upgrade.
Bào Tea House is the brainchild of the four founders, Alyas and Alven Scofield, Chen Huang, and Renk Dong, who realized the huge potential of bào, which can be as ubiquitous as French croissants and New York bagels, and the combo of bao + tea can be as popular as a burger and a soda.
Alyas and Alven are two brothers with multi-talents in rap and fashion design. Having lived in the vast mainland of China as foreigners for 15 years, the duo fell in love with its culinary culture, which has a lot of bào and tea to offer. While the pair grew up with the traditional food culture that existed for thousands of years, the founders gave the pairing a modern twist so that New Yorkers would be able to enjoy it on a daily basis. Chen is dedicated to sourcing the teas while Renk focuses on developing new items. Both Chen and Renk have extensive front-of-house experience from working in Michelin starred restaurants and reflect their love of hospitality in the food and service at Bào Tea House.
For more information, please visit www.baoteahouse.store.
Bào Tea House opened its first location in Greenwich Village, focusing on high-quality tea and Hong Kong inspired baked Char Siu buns. The bàos are crumbly butter buns filled with oozing savory meat and blissful sweet paste. Together with their teas, they make a great satisfying breakfast or lunch on the go, or teatime snack for an afternoon chat with friends.
● Savory Bào: Fried Fish (new), Classic (pork), Chicken, Beef, Fried Chicken, Veggie
● Sweet Bào: Rose Pudding (new), Lava, Egg, Matcha, Choco Milk
● Organic Mountain Tea: Golden Oolong, Green Tea Oolong, Oriental Beauty, Honey Scented Black
● Specialty Tea: Rose Grapefruit, Jasmine Rose, Earl Grey, Roasted Oolong Milk Tea, Rose Milk Tea, Jasmine Peach Milk Tea