Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Chinatown, NYC
212-608-4170

Review by Susu, MaceVindaloo, Rosie, ThePlazaQueen, SteakGril, Diana, Wraith6, Runt, Farklempt

"Ice cream melts around the edges!" a once-young man once told me, when we complained we were too full for dessert. He was emphasizing that there is ALWAYS room for ice cream, especially good ice cream. He's right of course, but he's even more right when he's talking about this tiny shop on Bayard St. in Chinatown. It's simple enough to find, they have a big yellow flag with a dragon sewn onto it; he or she is eating a cup of ice cream!

Some of us went for tried and true chocolate and vanilla on a cone or a cup. Others decided we are in Chinatown, we should try the flavors we can't get elsewhere. That included ginger, green tea, lychee, mango ... and sorbets made from tangerine. There are companies who make these in cartons to sell in supermarkets, but they cannot compete with the freshness or flavor and texture of this product.

Chinatown Ice Cream factory is described as a "mom and pop" shop. They offer internships to students, but your GPA had better be 3.0 or better! It's like being rewarded by being allowed to hang out with your grandparents and cool cousins in a popular joint -- what could be more socially acceptable than that? Okay, so we're dorks ...

One night, a whole bunch of us stood out in front (there are no seats anywhere, you are meant to take out these treats) and just yapped and watched people walk by. We hollered at people to try the ice cream here, it's better than the Haagen Daaz down the street! Curiously, no one came to arrest us, probably because we are right!

Dragon image from the www.chinatownicecreamfactory.com website!


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