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#1 Ice Cream Place in NYC

by ray on August 19, 2009

Ferrara Bakery was not the best experience you can get when it comes to frozen desserts in Chinatown. I will share a place which sells the best ice cream in Chinatown and can fulfill one’s craving for tasty sweets.
The place is called “Chinatown Ice Cream Factory” located on Bayard St. It is a small storefront with big flavors, they have been around since 1978; far before my time. ABC7, Fox News, and New York Post featured them and they also won several awards such as “Winner of Best Ice Cream” by City Search and “Nominee Best Ice Cream” by TimeOut NY.

I was there in a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon and couldn’t stop thinking about this place. The store was packed with ice cream craving people including lots of tourists. The store mascot is a very cute and happy dragon who enjoys its ice cream. The mascot also appears on the t-shirt which the staff wore.

I tried the green tea ice cream, which is my all time favorite (I am a tea drinker). One scoop of ice cream cost me $3.75, it is kind expensive, but compared to Haagen Daz the taste is worth it. The ice cream is very rich and thick, it literally sticks to the spoon. Since mine is green tea, it is a little bitter and refreshing but just the right amount of sweetness for me. With the place packed with people and line moving very fast, I just got a peek at their flavors, there are so many flavors ranging from Coconut to Lychee. Some unusual flavors such as Ginger, Wasabi and Zen Butter are also on the menu for people who likes to try exotic tastes. But not all flavors are available all year around, some of them are seasonal. I can’t wait to try Wasabi and Black Sesame flavor next time.

This place offers more than just ice cream. Since it is well known, you can find promotional t-shirts, books and tote bags alongside ice cream in its store and online (http://www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com/). Their website is very interesting and interactive. You can find great recipes like “Green Tea Angel Food Cake” and “Red Bean Ice Cream”. The site also posts testimonials from customers who appreciate the great taste and atmosphere.

It is not just ice cream, it is the culture and passion that drives this place and its owners Christina Seid and Katherine Seid to bring the best ice cream to the community.

Positives: variety of exotic flavors you can’t find anywhere else, best tasting ice cream ever Negatives: little bit pricey, some flavor not available all the time
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