The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 華埠雪糕行

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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  • Forkit
    ForkitMay 25
    Best Ice Cream in NYC: They serve all the original flavours like the lychee, pandan, and the now famous black sesame (which you need to try). The almond cookie or green tea are just as good! Read more
    Upvoted Jul 16
  • Djaniella D.
    You will find more than just your typical flavors here, so grab something out of the ordinary! Must try: taro, pandan, black sesame. This is a single scoop & I asked to split into 2 different flavors.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Carol M L.
    Carol M Lew2 weeks ago
    Opt for the cup to avoid a sopping, dripping mess on hot days. TOCICS' cone design has not been updated, so even with 2-3 layers of napkins dripping occurs from the top edges and the tip of the cone.
  • Fawziah Q.
    Fawziah QadirOctober 12, 2013
    The scaffolding and tiny entrance might cause you to miss this gem! The ice cream is all handmade on the premise! I had the almond cookie ice cream and it blew my mind! But almost $11 for two cones 😖
  • elizabeth o.
    The pistachio flavor is divine and perfectly balanced. Frankly, most of their flavors are delicious and creamy. You can't go wrong with any of them. Service is fast and the wait time on line is short.
  • Alexa Mae A.
    You won't regret trying the black sesame ice cream! For $4, you get a taste of rich, creamy sweetness that takes a spin w/ black sesame seeds & flavor that both complement each other well! Must have! Read more
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJune 13, 2013
    Very seldom can you declare that you can't go wrong with whatever you order, their ice cream is an exception. We loved the Zen Butter, toasted sesame seeds & peanut butter embodies a true state of zen
  • Marcel
    MarcelAugust 17, 2013
    One of NY's finest ice cream shops - and definitely the one with the most extraordinary flavors. Sureshots are: Chocolate Chip, Eggcustard and Almond Cookie. For the fun of it, try the Maple Bacon ice
  • Lily H.
    Lily HsuMay 22, 2015
    Black sesame was very unique and after the first bite, nothing was the same. #Drizzy free sprinkles if you check in on your phone! So many cool Asian flavors like Thai tea and egg custard.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 23, 2014
    This long-time neighborhood establishment specializes in delicious Chinese-inflected scoops like Zen Butter (peanut butter with sesame seeds), almond cookie, lychee, red bean and black sesame.
  • Vince W.
    Vince WongJune 23, 2013
    Fear not the crowded mobs outside this Chinatown fixture, the service is quick and friendly. My go-to on a sweltering day is their heaping double-scoop of lychee and ginger ice cream. Get it!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeJuly 12
    A small is supposed to be "one scoop" but they'll let you mix 2 flavors. Make sure one of those flavors is pandan. Also, don't forget to check in on Swarm for a free topping!
    Upvoted Jul 18
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEJune 22
    If efficiency matters...they don't list flavors outside of the counter (even with the long line). Yet, ask for a "taste" to and you will get an eyeroll or sigh fr staff. Bad service. Decent ice cream.
  • Tricia D.
    Tricia DietzOctober 31, 2014
    Best ice cream in New York! flavors you dont get everyday.. My favorite is greentea but around fall the pumpkin pie is to die for; zen butter and ginger are great to try too.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauDecember 4, 2011
    PANDAN ICE CREAM. Need I say more? If you arrive, devastated and heartbroken like me when there is no pandan ice cream, you can get the almond cookie or zen butter. Those are pretty good.
  • Jack O.
    Jack OsborneJanuary 26, 2014
    If the shops not busy and you're struggling to make up your mind, they might let you sample a few of their different flavours. Here's the egg custard.
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowJuly 2, 2015
    Exotic flavors here you won't find anywhere else. Get the red bean, green tea, black sesame, or almond cookie! Lychee sorbet is great as well. They also do ice cream cakes.
  • Rick N.
    Rick NijhuisOctober 2, 2015
    Used to love this place for its original Asian flavours (taro, matcha, sesame) but now feel their core (vanilla) ice cream flavour is too dominant and the flavours too artificial :(
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    Beware the endless amount of (ridiculous) flavours available, you might want to consider bringing a few friends or come back a few times until you satisfy your ice cream craving.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 15, 2014
    This place to me is so magical. Eating ice cream and walking in Chinatown is a great experience. Get the black sesame it's do rich and the flavor is so intense.
  • Allison H.
    Allison HeimMarch 15, 2012
    Swing by this ice cream shop for more than just plain ol' chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Grab a scoop of zen butter, black sesame, almond cookie, or lychee for a change.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaMay 28, 2013
    If it's a flavor you've tried outside of Chinatown, you're not doing it right. Black Sesame ice cream, on the other hand, is worth the risk. Add some Jeremy Lin sprinkles and support the boys uptown.
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonSeptember 20, 2014
    They're extra generous with samples - so try them all! Then get the black sesame. It looks like asian cookies and cream, but it's so much more - nutty, sweet, creamy.
  • Sheen
    SheenJune 23
    If you're feeling guilty, Split your small into two half scoops so you can still have Pandan AND Taro AND tell yourself that you made healthy decisions today
  • Gloriann C.
    Gloriann ChhouthJuly 9, 2010
    This place has the best ice cream in china town! Sometimes there's long lines but the ice cream here is so worth it.They have over 20 ice cream flavors. TRY it!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 4, 2011
    The ice cream is fantastic and homemade, so I recommend you get adventurous! My favorite is the Zen Butter, a mix of peanut butter ice cream and sesame seeds. Read more
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WongJune 8, 2012
    Get a one scoop cup, and ask for half scoops of two flavors! Love it. Plus, the Green Tea, Red Bean and Black Sesame ice cream flavors are AWESOME.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsJanuary 28, 2011
    PHOTO: Chinatown has grown a lot since this photo of Mott Street was taken in 1935! Check out the photo, at the link, and send your new view to @nydailynews on Twitter! Read more
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Sesame Seed is the ice cream flavor you never knew you needed. Soy Sauce flavor is sometimes available here, too — it tastes surprisingly like salted caramel.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LApril 17, 2014
    Sesame Seed is the ice cream flavor you never knew you needed. Soy Sauce flavor is sometimes available here, too — it tastes surprisingly like salted caramel.
  • Stella B.
    Stella BellaMarch 4, 2011
    Ginger fans get the Ginger ice cream. Where else can you find it? Zen butter also great. Got both in single scoop size. Will be back for more exotic flavors.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 27, 2011
    End a gluttonous Chinatown dinner with a fantastic assortment of freshly made ice cream – the flavors change, but we like the Blueberry Cheesecake or the Wasabi.
  • Risa
    RisaFebruary 7, 2015
    Can't go wrong with: Pandan (Malaysian herb), Zen Butter (toasted sesame + peanut butter), and/or Black Sesame.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJune 22, 2012
    Stay Authentic! The Black Sesame and Red Bean ice flavors will blow you away. Knicks fan? Add Jeremy Lin sprinkles. Read more at: http://bit.ly/UntappedCICF
  • Donna V.
    Donna VuongDecember 29, 2014
    Try the Asian ice creams. Personal favs are red bean, lychee, pistachio. Though u can do a sampling of all of them so long as they aren't busy
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CooperAugust 28, 2010
    i grew up loving the red bean and lychee! if you only come here once, stay away from the ordinary flavors. there's a Hagaan Daz across the street for that!
  • Jason V.
    Jason VinesDecember 8, 2014
    Crowded, small, and a little pricey. However, it's absolutely delicious. A must go to place in Chinatown. Personal favorite is sriracha ice cream.
  • Ingrid H.
    Ingrid HartmanAugust 8, 2013
    I know tons of people love it, but I thought almond cookie flavor was too sweet. Good, but not as creamy as it could be. Maybe I'll try lychee next time...
  • Lucky B.
    Ice cream! Lychee is a favourite but they also have maple bacon ice cream if you feel adventurous!
  • Compass
    CompassApril 24, 2014
    As an unofficial Chinatown landmark, the ice cream shop offers classic flavors in addition to Asian ones like durian, red bean, lychee, and taro.
  • Monica Z.
    Monica ZarateAugust 31, 2014
    The ice cream here is to die for! I tried mango papaya and ginger combined and it was absolutely heavenly. Great portions, great prices!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    There's nowhere to sit, so get your order of pistachio, black sesame, or fortune cookie ice cream to go.
  • Gautam B.
    Gautam BahadurMarch 26, 2013
    The pandan flavor is made from fresh pandan leaves (and is delicious) but is also out of stock 80% of the time - a must try if its there!
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeySeptember 24, 2014
    The coconut fudge ice cream is amazing. You might think you only want one scoop but you will be disappointed if you don't go a double.
  • janelle g.
    janelle gonzalesMarch 4, 2012
    try the taro! it has bits of ube in it. I normally don't like taro but this is def an exception. almond cookie & pandan are yummmmmy too!
  • Marie
    MarieJune 20, 2012
    Get samples of the red bean and black sesame just to get a taste of it. Lychee, almond cookie and green tea were all phenomenal!
  • Viv
    VivOctober 19, 2013
    Ask for the Durian ice cream. Divine. And smelly - they store it away from the other flavours hehe
  • Frank S.
    Frank ShortMarch 23, 2011
    Hit the Chinatown Ice cream Factory for a must-have treat for Manhattanites on jury duty. Try the lychee flavor for the authentic experience!
  • Ghostly International
    Seriously, try something different, try something original because you can trust that they will do it right. Also, get a shirt, great logo!
  • 陳雄暉 弟.
    陳雄暉 弟兄May 21, 2015
    sometimes you got dumb punks running the store that don't know the difference between lychee flavor and plain vanilla. they clown behind the counters.
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