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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

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 Almond cookie, avocado, black sesame, coconut, durian, ginger, lychee, red bean, Zen butter, wasabi, egg cream, pumpkin pie…Yes, all these fabulous flavors (and more that you haven’t thought of) can all be found at the original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory! But what’s the catch? Why would you go all the way to Chinatown for an ice cream? Well, not only does this ice cream parlor have great homemade recipes that you’ll only find at this location, but it’s also one of the oldest businesses in Chinatown and its traditions have been passed on from generation to generation.

For all you penny-pinching broke-asses out there, you may be shocked and amazed by what I’m about to tell you: A single scoop is $3.99! But honestly, for what you’re getting it beats the hell out of buying an Italian ice from a street cart for a dollar. All the ice creams at this little spot are unique and infusions you’d have never thought about.

So, next time you’ve gone into Chinatown for a few orders of dumplings, some chicken feet and pig’s ear, walk down to Bayard Street after and satisfy your sweet tooth at the one and only Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. It’s unique, simple and is an amalgamation of American style deserts and Chinese flavors. You can’t lose!


Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St.
Between Elizabeth St. and Mott St. [Chinatown]
New York, NY 10013

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Bobby Rich - Affordable Aficionado

Bobby dropped out of college at the age of 20, said goodbye to his papaw in the small town of Copper Hill, GA, and went to India, where he studied professional pauperism in ashrams and taught English to children. From New Delhi he flew to London, where emigration considered him a "vagabond with no roots to return to", and he was put on the first plane back to America. After finding himself in the freezing snows of Chicago, some guy at a bar offered him a job transporting a car to NYC, where he is currently stuck in Ridgewood, Queens. His travel website The Music Underground has helped many find the obscure in foreign lands.


  1. Bethmclizard
    August 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

    …plus, they have a few interesting sorbet selections, for those of us who would LOVE to dive behind the glass, face first down into a container of Almond Cookie Ice Cream, but can’t, due to their evil nemesis, Lactose!

    I recently had their Green Apple Sorbet – oh! the goodness!  (and don’t think green apple bubblegum – this was so much better!)

  2. Bethmclizard
    August 9, 2011 at 3:04 am

    (note overuse of exclamation points as evidence for her love & excitement of all frozen confections not off-limits)