The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 華埠雪糕行

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 華埠雪糕行

Ice Cream Shop · Chinatown
65 Bayard St (btwn Elizabeth & Mott St), New York, NY 10013, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) has been voted NYC's best ice cream time and time again. Serving ice cream for over 30 years, CICF has not only brought smiles & ice cream cones to NYC locals; but to tourists and celebrities worldwide.

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    Sarah C.
    "Zen Butter is awesome - toasted sesame and peanut butter."(31 Tips)
    Diana C.
    "Try the lychee ice cream & lychee sorbet yum yum yummy👍"(20 Tips)
    Kristin
    "The almond cookie ice cream tastes delicious- like a pignoli!"(10 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "Get the black sesame ice cream & the egg custard ice cream"(19 Tips)

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  • ice cream
  • zen butter
  • cookies
  • green tea
  • sorbet
  • egg custard
  • authentic
  • casual
  • lively
  • black sesame
  • family-friendly
  • lychee
  • pumpkin pie
  • almonds
  • good for a late night
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  • The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 華埠雪糕行

    Check in and receive a FREE topping with the purchase of an ice cream. *excludes mochi*

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  • Fawziah Q.

    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 😖

    Fawziah Qadir · October 12, 2013
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  • 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.

    elizabeth obih-frank · July 26, 2014
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  • 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

    Alexa Mae Asperin · May 5, 2012
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  • Halstead Property

    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

    Halstead Property · June 13, 2013
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  • Marcel

    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

    Marcel · August 17, 2013
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  • Lily H.

    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.

    Lily Hsu · May 22, 2015
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  • BuzzFeed

    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.

    BuzzFeed · April 23, 2014
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  • Vince W.

    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!

    Vince Wong · June 23, 2013
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  • Liana L.

    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.

    Liana Lau · December 4, 2011
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  • Tricia D.

    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.

    Tricia Dietz · October 31, 2014
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  • Jack O.

    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.

    Jack Osborne · January 26, 2014
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  • Linda C.

    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.

    Linda Chow · July 2, 2015
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  • Rick N.

    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 :(

    Rick Nijhuis · October 2, 2015
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  • Allison H.

    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.

    Allison Heim · March 15, 2012
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  • Luke K.

    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.

    Luke Kingma · May 28, 2013
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  • CRUZiiiE

    1st time: they don't list flavors outside of the counter & long line. Yet, ask for a "taste" to and you will get an eyeroll to accompany the attitude of the workers. Bad service. Decent ice cream.

    CRUZiiiE · July 19, 2014
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  • G W.

    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.

    G Wong · March 22, 2012
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  • Justin O.

    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.

    Justin Ordoveza · November 15, 2014
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  • Gina L.

    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.

    Gina Limon · September 20, 2014
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  • Gloriann C.

    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!

    Gloriann Chhouth · July 9, 2010
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  • Diego R.

    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

    Diego Rufo · April 4, 2011
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  • Michelle W.

    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.

    Michelle Wong · June 8, 2012
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  • Stella B.

    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.

    Stella Bella · March 4, 2011
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  • BuzzFeed

    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.

    BuzzFeed · April 11, 2014
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  • Chris L.

    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 · April 17, 2014
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  • Untapped Cities

    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

    Untapped Cities · June 22, 2012
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  • The New York Daily News

    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

    The New York Daily News · January 28, 2011
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  • Risa

    Can't go wrong with: Pandan (Malaysian herb), Zen Butter (toasted sesame + peanut butter), and/or Black Sesame.

    Risa · February 7, 2015
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  • The Corcoran Group

    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.

    The Corcoran Group · May 27, 2011
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  • Donna V.

    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

    Donna Vuong · December 29, 2014
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  • Jennifer C.

    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!

    Jennifer Cooper · August 28, 2010
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  • Ingrid H.

    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...

    Ingrid Hartman · August 8, 2013
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  • Jason V.

    Crowded, small, and a little pricey. However, it's absolutely delicious. A must go to place in Chinatown. Personal favorite is sriracha ice cream.

    Jason Vines · December 8, 2014
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  • Monica Z.

    The ice cream here is to die for! I tried mango papaya and ginger combined and it was absolutely heavenly. Great portions, great prices!

    Monica Zarate · August 31, 2014
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  • Compass

    As an unofficial Chinatown landmark, the ice cream shop offers classic flavors in addition to Asian ones like durian, red bean, lychee, and taro.

    Compass · April 24, 2014
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  • Lori L.

    There's nowhere to sit, so get your order of pistachio, black sesame, or fortune cookie ice cream to go.

    Lori Luo · August 10, 2014
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  • Gautam B.

    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!

    Gautam Bahadur · March 26, 2013
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  • Ben M.

    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.

    Ben Mackey · September 24, 2014
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  • janelle g.

    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!

    janelle gonzales · March 4, 2012
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  • Marie

    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!

    Marie · June 20, 2012
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  • Viv

    Ask for the Durian ice cream. Divine. And smelly - they store it away from the other flavours hehe

    Viv · October 19, 2013
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  • Frank S.

    Hit the Chinatown Ice cream Factory for a must-have treat for Manhattanites on jury duty. Try the lychee flavor for the authentic experience!

    Frank Short · March 23, 2011
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  • 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!

    Ghostly International · July 14, 2011
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  • Nick P.

    Get the Linsanity topping while you still can. Blue and orange sprinkles with mochi. Goes great with the lychee ice cream.

    Nick Patrick · July 27, 2012
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  • Shabana C.

    This is possibly the creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted. All flavors are good, but almond cookie is my fav! Cash only

    Shabana Chowdhury · February 15, 2013
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  • Tian Q.

    Omg- black sesame and lychee. The red bean doesn't really taste like red bean but still amazing.

    Tian Q. · January 2, 2013
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  • Sid V.

    On their own, lychee and mango are fantastic flavors. Combined, their tastes are kind of indistinguishable. Not the best to have together.

    Sid Varma · November 29, 2010
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  • Mariana P.

    Strange flavours, delicious ice cream, try the red beans, green tea, or anything that you cant find at any other place

    Mariana Pekurar · September 11, 2014
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  • Len B.

    I love ice cream, but it's hard to find a good one in NY. This is one of the best ones I've had in the city :)

    Len B. · November 18, 2015
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  • Honghui Y.

    There are so many unique flavors here it's hard to know which one to pick - I recommend the black sesame and banana

    Honghui Yu · April 3
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