The following is an active on-going list of what I think are worth-trying and unique experiences in New York City for Ice Cream. The most recent ice cream visit would be at the top. Let me show you my tantalising journey, scroll on!
Visited: Summer 2017
There are 4 Amorino Stores in New York City, so if you live in the area – there’s no excuse for you not try these. Amorino started in Paris back in 2002 by Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi. They are known for their flower-like ice cream, a flavour per petal called Amorino Rose. Besides ice cream, they also offer hot beverages, macaroons and even have their own tea line. There was a long queue and they have an interesting system. You would need to first pay the cashier for the size and type of ice cream. Then, they will give you a receipt to give to the scoopers then you voice out which flavour you like. The flavours I had are: Hazelnut Sorbet with Organic Dei Monti Nebrodi Hazelnuts from Sicily, Banana Del Brasile, Cioccolato Amorino, Fiordilatte, and Vaniglia Bourbon Del Madagascar with a Chocolate Macaroon on top. This cost $7 plus tax. This is a great treat to your tastebuds and super Instagram worthy.
Taiyaki (Round Two)
Visited: June 2017
That’s right, I went back to try out their limited promotion Unicorn Taiyaki Ice Cream! Last I visited was back in Winter last year, and so I’m back for more yumminess! For those who loves fantastical creatures, you’ll be squealing with happiness as soon as you’ve laid your eyes and hands on this. It’s a soft serve of vanilla and strawberry with pastel coloured sprinkles, then they hand made some edible ears and horn. This cost $7-$8 plus tax as well, which is again not bad!
Visited: Spring 2017
As this store is located in USA, only 21 and over are allowed to experience Tipsy Scoop – they will card you while waiting in line. Yes, there is a line but who wouldn’t want to wait in line for this? They have an overwhelming and interesting selection of boozy ice cream flavours. I ordered one scoop of “Vanilla bean ice cream infused with Bourbon” and one scoop of “Ice cream infused with cake vodka, amaretto and white chocolate liqueur” on a sprinkled waffle bowl with a cherry on top. It was delicious! I’ll definitely go back to for more to try out their seasonal flavours!
Sundaes and Cones
Visited: Spring 2017
This place is a hidden gem located in Lower East Side near NYU campus. Sundaes and Cones has an extremely wide variety of ice cream flavours, it was super overwhelming! Fun fact about this ice cream parlour, they were originally located in Brooklyn back in the 90s and now have relocated to LES since 2006. Hence, their logo, the wide space, staff’s uniform, and colour theme of the store is very vintage-like. Not only do they offer ice cream, but they also offer coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milkshakes, floats, and customised cakes! For ice cream on cones, they can do up to 3 scoops for $6-$7 plus tax. (And their scoops are super generous!) I ordered vanilla ice cream on a waffle cone so you can’t really see how much they’ve put into it. I also love the fact that they have a cone plastic sleeve for zero-mess along the way. I’m definitely planning on going back to try their Asian Inspired Ice Cream Flavours like Thai Iced Tea, Black Sesame, and Lavender.
119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013 – 212.966.2882 – www.taiyakinyc.com
Visited: Winter 2016
I have been seeing multiple videos and pictures of this place on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Then several bloggers that I follow on Instagram got their hands on it too. In Winter 2016, we were walking around in China Town along Canal Street then I realised that we might as well drop by Taiyaki. It was only 3 blocks east from Canal Street Station off of the N/Q/R/W trains then make a left, it’s a small shop with a very long line – you can’t miss it!
“The most literal translation of taiyaki is fried fish! Tai (sea bream) is a type of fish often considered king among fish in Japan, and yaki can mean fried, baked, or grilled. In our case, we bake our taiyaki!” – Taiyaki
The menu was simple and straightforward, there’s a choice of either “make-your-own-taiyaki” or choose from ” Taiyaki’s Favorites”. I’ve decided to built my own with vanilla soft serve with loads of rainbow sprinkles, strawberries and strawberry syrup on a taiyaki waffle filled with custard. This cost $7 plus tax, which isn’t bad at all. It’s super Instagram worthy and was absolutely delicious, I enjoyed every bit of it.
Thank you very much for reading through! As this is an active on-going list, I am open to any ice cream suggestions that you’d like me to visit in New York City and review. Feel free to comment them down below!