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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Date Visited: February 5, 2017 | Address: 65 Bayard Place


After squeezing through endless crowds and wading through seas of rainbow confetti and red and gold streamers to watch the annual Chinese New Year parade pass through the Lower East Side, taking a rest stop at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory was a welcome pause.

With over 30 years of ice cream-scooping history, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses. Yet, the lines that form outside its doors make it seem like a grand opening every day.

Judging from its wide variety of flavors–from don tot (light, creamy Chinese egg custard) to durian to lychee rose to maple bacon–and the way the ice cream actually tastes, it isn’t hard to see why. (For a full list of flavors, click here.)

Coming here after enjoying the lunar festival was truly the cherry on top of a fantastic day.



  1. Taro, Lychee (left) and Pandan, Red Bean (right) Ice Cream

Photos: Amy Dong | Edited by: Amy Dong and Sandra Poh
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