The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 華埠雪糕行

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Chinatown, New York
406 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • zen butter
  • cookies
  • green tea
  • egg custard
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  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.July 16, 2016
    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.
  • Forkit
    ForkitMay 25, 2016
    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
  • Thalia G.
    This are one of my favorites place to have icecream. One scoop is like two. They have a bunch of flavors, from the regular ones ( chocolate, Oreo, vanilla...) to green tea, Taro, red bean, ginger.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeJuly 12, 2016
    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!
  • 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 😖
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 12
    certainly it's expensive, but the almond cookie flavor is to die for--and I love the wry trick of naming your average vanilla/chocolate-type flavors "exotics". friendly staff too!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carol M L.
    Carol M LewAugust 10, 2016
    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.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Risa
    RisaFebruary 7, 2015
    Can't go wrong with: Pandan (Malaysian herb), Zen Butter (toasted sesame + peanut butter), and/or Black Sesame.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lucky B.
    Lucky BimolaksonoAugust 5, 2016
    Ice cream! Lychee is a favourite but they also have maple bacon ice cream if you feel adventurous!
  • Sheen
    SheenJune 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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:
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatrickJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Linsanity topping while you still can. Blue and orange sprinkles with mochi. Goes great with the lychee ice cream.
  • 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.
  • Viv
    VivOctober 19, 2013
    Ask for the Durian ice cream. Divine. And smelly - they store it away from the other flavours hehe
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LamMarch 16, 2013
    Flavors I highly recommend are the Lychee, Red Bean, Pistachio and Green Tea. Get them on sugar cones. Well worth it. Also, tip your server!
  • 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
  • Alara
    AlaraJanuary 14
    They have the weirdest flavors, most I've never even heard of. They make you try whatever you like if you are in the mood for exploring new tastes.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Len B.
    Len B.November 18, 2015
    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 :)
  • 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.
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best ice cream places in NYC. Black sesame, cherry pistachio , to name a few & always made in house!
  • Dan Y.
    Dan YoungJuly 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive, but some of the best ice cream I've ever had. Zen butter is a must. Get the waffle cone, 5$.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BraunerMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Custard and green tea ice cream with mango and green tea mochi
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PekurarSeptember 11, 2014
    Strange flavours, delicious ice cream, try the red beans, green tea, or anything that you cant find at any other place
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