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Posted by anonymous on 06/25/2009
poor customer service from the "scoopologists" aka punk high-schoolers with no manners. ice cream consistency borders melting, flavors are interesting in name only, not so much in flavor.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2009
Try the pumpkin pie ice cream. It's very good. And how often can you get pumpkin pie in July?
Posted by Atressa on 06/23/2008
Having heard quite a bit of good about this place, and being an ice cream aficionado, I thought I would go and give this place a try. The line was very long, but given it was a hot summer day, I was not surprised or disturbed, not even upon getting inside where the tight space required a dancer's skills to maneuver oneself to where the friendly scoopers told you to stand so that there would be space to allow more people into the narrow shop. I ordered a scoop of "zen butter" which, true to its description, was peanut butter ice cream with sesame seeds. ....that was it. Now don't get me wrong, it was very good ice cream for the hard kind. The sesame seeds were an interesting addition as well. But for what, $4 or something? It seemed excessive for what it was. Oh well. Maybe had I ordered the red-bean or something it'd have been different. They certainly do have a few interesting flavors available, along with old favorites, so going with a family with both adventurous and picky eaters would be quite possible.
Posted by Linda on 03/16/2008
I usually go here after eating at Hsin Wong right across the street. I am a huge lychee fan and this place has Lychee Ice cream and Lychee sorbet. They are both soooo good. I also love the Strawberry ice cream, it's realy soft. The ice cream is very fresh and isn't hard like most commercial ice cream spots. The ice cream is always soft and creamy. So they have several flavors like, Almond Cookie, coconut, green tea, red bean, tarozen butter and wasabi. They also have more commercial flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry cheesecake etc. They have passion fruti as well as some other flavors that are SEASONAL. THis is a great little ice cream spot and everyone must visit it. PLUS they let you sample as many flavors as you like.
Posted by Chelsea Arc on 03/05/2008
I recently moved to NYC and have found that a lot of places are all hype. It's nice to know that places like the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory still do exist in the Big Apple. I love the Almond Cookie ice cream! The portions are huge at a good value. It's also nice to see down to earth, hard working people still run their business. Definitely worth the trek from uptown! I can seriously down a pint of the stuff!
Posted by yanagi on 09/15/2007
When I am in chinatown with friends, if they haven't been here before then I introduce them to the delicious and fun treat in chinatown. If you don't like icecream they also have sorbet as well. My favorite is the green tea and almond cookie. I usually get half and half in a small cup. delicious. Ginger is very good too. I like it because they are not overly sweet and they are fresh tasting and have a nice creamy texture. I also like to patron a place where the staff is friendly and seems to enjoy working there so the icecream tastes better if you know the people making it enjoys what they do! so after a delicious bite in chinatown..save room in your tummy for something really yummy and head over to the factory! mmmmmmmmm goood!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2007
Having heard great things about this place, we walked to Chinatown from Chelsea -- figured we'd get a head-start with the calorie-burning. The walk was great, but wish I could say the same for the ice cream. I was particularly eager to try the wasabi flavor, but they were all out. I settled for the black sesame, my bf had the strawberry. Mine tasted like vanilla with black sesame seeds, which, though interesting in color, wasn't impressive taste-wise. Neither was the strawberry.