Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory : Manhattan, New York

The pairing of the words, Chinatown and ice cream, bring to mind the amusing and endearing Chinese bastardizations of western foods, such as pizzas and hamburgers at Chinese buffets or a certain banana split sundae at Sangkee Duck House in Philly.

But had I known about or been to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in New York Manhattan Chinatown, I think I might have had a different impression.

This place has been around for 28 years and there's a good chance that some fair readers may already know of this, so I'll keep this short.

Like Capogiro, the ice cream is very focused on the natural flavor of the main ingredient, which is something the lovely gf and I like.  The black sesame ice cream tasted like black sesame seeds and the lychee flavor tasted like lychee and contained lychee bits.  It's fortunately not overly sweet, but if there was a critique here, it might not satisfy those who like uber creamy, full-bodied ice-cream.  Not that it's lacking in body or creaminess per se, but I suspect that if you make it more creamy, it might overpower some of the more delicate flavors they offer.

And if it wasn't obvious before from the black sesame and lychee flavors, they offer some unique Chinese-influenced flavors: Durian, Red Bean, Taro, Pandan and PB&J (?!?).

I should note that the two staffers, who couldn't have been older than high schoolers, were, how do I say this? upfront about their demand for efficiency in taking orders.

 "Is anyone ready to order? You are? Ok go!  Are you ready to order?  No?  Next!"

Anyhow, this was a nice treat to end our NY trip off  with.  Perhaps it's not a must-go destination place by itself, but if you find yourself wandering in New York Chinatown, this is a good place to stop at.

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St. New York NY 10013
($Dessert, $NYC)

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