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[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Before the weather warms, go to Ten Ren on Mott Street for a cup of buckwheat matcha ($3) This thick, milky green tea is blended with toasted buckwheat for a warming drink that requires a bit of chew, almost like tapioca. The buckwheat imparts a nuttiness that wonderfully with the tea. Ten Ren's drinks tend to be on the sweet side, so tell them to lighten up on the sugar if you don't have a serious sweet tooth.

Ten Ren

75 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (map)
212-349-2286; tenren.com

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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