Pink décor and matcha galore! I finally made my way to one of Manhattan’s many tourist traps, Cha Cha Matcha. I have had this café on my list since I first saw it on Instagram. Everyone on ig has a picture in front of the famous “Matcha Gracias” sign and I wanted to embark on my own right of passage.
When we got there on a warm Saturday afternoon, I was not surprised to see the line out the door. I could already tell that most of the bright eyed people waiting for matcha were not locals. I usually get funny looks when I whip out my giant camera and start taking pics of everything, but not here.
After 15-20 mins, we made it to the front of the line and of course my usual ordering anxiety kicked in. I can NEVER decide what to get. It is always a constant battle of “that would taste good, but that would look better in a photo” (kidding guys…kinda) I ended up getting an iced matcha latte with almond milk and a mixed matcha & jasmine soft serve. I was in heaven.
It was PACKED inside the café and I had to use my newly found New York pushing/shoving skills to get a picture of the famous sign. Finding a table was a whole other issue. We had been keeping our eyes on a young couple who had empty mugs and were taking snapchat selfies in the corner. They looked like they were wrapping up and by the look on the boy’s face after his girlfriend took yet another kissy face shot with her “thank you very matcha” cup… they got up to leave.
Now let’s get to the good stuff. The soft serve was AMAZING! I have proclaimed myself to be lactose intolerant but decided every bite was worth the stomach pain. The jasmine and matcha flavors were a delicious mix and the consistency was perfect. After spending a full 5 minutes obsessing over the soft serve, I prepared myself for what I had been anxiously waiting for, the matcha latte.
And…..I was slightly disappointed.
My goal with this blog is to give you a truthful depiction of my thoughts and experiences, so I have to be honest. The iced matcha latte was good, but not the best I have ever had. It was a little diluted and tasted like matcha flavored water. I was underwhelmed and a little sad that it did not meet my expectations. On the bright side, I am here till June so I will have plenty of time to give it another try. Next time I will order the hot latte and see if that is any better! Also please keep in mind that this is my personal taste preferences and I would still highly suggest all of you to try it for yourselves. Overall the experience was great and clearly blog worthy. Let me know what all of your fav matcha spots are in NY!
(also fun drinking game idea…take a shot for every time I wrote the word MATCHA)