On a warm Saturday in May, I joined some friends for eats on the beautiful street that is Elizabeth. Following a small plate binge that is otherwise known as Dim Sum, we decided to do more damage and get ice cream.
A friend who I discovered to be a real foodie, recommended the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. My eyes lit up with excitement as it had come highly recommended by my boss at work. A short stroll away, we were greeted by quintessential Chinatown storefront characteristics: a small hole-in-the wall sort of place that wasn’t trying too hard or calling any attention to itself, except for the overwhelming number of people lined up outside.
In addition to your standard range of flavors, a flamboyant selection of other varities like avocado, lychee, taro, wasabi and black sesame, kept me excited. The latter, left me floating in a creamy universe that wasn’t too sweet, allowing the buttery experience to lend itself to complete foreign territory in ice cream experience.
What I love most about this flavor, is it harks back to a unique and authentic taste, catapulting beyond the plain Jane vanilla. The ice cream had such a pure sesame base (think Tahini, essentially sesame seed paste, a Middle Eastern staple) and finished so well with just the right amount of sugar and cream.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St. (between Elizabeth & Mott)
New York, NY 10013