Cha An's Matcha Float is a drink that easily doubles as dessert. The Matcha Float is frothy and sweet, noticeably thicker than your ordinary cup of cold matcha, and topped with a spoonful of tsubushian (sweetened azuki bean paste)—the "float" part of the drink. Give it a stir and let the tsubushian blend right in—you'll be rewarded with a hint of the soft, sweet beans in every sip.
Next time you're in Chinatown, visit 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 works 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.
Kyotofu's Mochi Chocolate Cake is served warm and, by virtue of the mochi, has an extra chew, a tenderness only achieved with the addition of mochiko powder. On the bottom is kuromitsu creme anglaise, and on top, a quenelle of matcha shiro-an (a puree of white beans and sugar). Here the shiro-an is lighter than the norm, with the texture of thick whipped cream. It's blended with enough matcha powder to turn it a deep green, and wonderful enough to serve as a dessert on its own.
Browsing though the candy aisle of Sunrise Mart is one my favorite pastimes. Fruity gummies, chocolate koala bears, and matcha marshmallows! $3.69 for a 3-ounce bag; they're undeniably cute, the single-bite marshmallows shaped like mini-ping pong balls. Bite and there's a little heart of matcha paste at the very center. Soft, fluffy, and innocent, these are the types of sweets you want to keep at the desk for midday munchies.