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Reviewed November 11, 2023 via mobile

A lot of unique flavors to include Durian and Lychee. Cool spot in a cool part of Chinatown. They are cash only so make sure to hit up an ATM beforehand.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed August 15, 2023 via mobile

Hot day in chinatown and the queue was quite ling but worth waiting. So good i purchased a t shirt as well. Great experience and it has been there forever

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 14, 2023 via mobile

Fantastic flavors. Fun family visit. We each got different flavors so we could share. They were able to mix 2 flavors into one scoop. I had lychee and ginger. So refreshing and tasty. They did not accept credit cards. Venmo was an option in addition...to cash. Venmo worked easily. I highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed July 14, 2023

Once we had found this tiny shop tucked away between other Chinese, non-food shops we were very pleased, there was a surprisingly long queue of about 28 people and some inside, still we waited and were repaid by having 2 large scoops in a waffle...cone, i chose a Taro (purple yam) and mandarin sorbet, my partner had pistachio & coconut, yes we paid around $20 for these ice-creams, they were huge, nicely churned, creamy with defined flavour and texture (with bits!) they lasted a long time too! Perhaps they were a bit expensive,but its the best ice-cream I've eaten in New York so far, the Chinatown Ice-cream Factory doesn't "trap tourists" i felt perfectly able to walk away if i didn't feel comfortable with the prices displayed, we enjoyed some unusual ice-cream flavors all in 1 place, and they were great.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed July 11, 2023

There are many selections of favors and the ice cream is very delicious. Small place and the wait sometime is long but worth the wait.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed March 29, 2023 via mobile

It is a tiny, cramped, hole in the wall - with a crowd! The flavors are uniquely asian: Black sesame, lychee, vietnamese coffee, taro, ginger, and more. $7 for one scoop, and $10 for two. Get yours with lychee topping and take things to a...whole new level. We loved the black sesame, Almond cookie, and zen butter. Service is a bit all over, but understandable for all the rush around.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed October 11, 2022 via mobile

Now that Anita's has 2 options in NYC - there is really no reason for anyone to have sub standard ice cream. This place is overrated and no where near the level of quality or consistency

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 18, 2022

This place used to be on my "must visit" list whenever I am in NYC. No more!! Their reliance on tourists willing to pay $6.99 for 1 scoop, $8.99 for 2 scoops, $11.99 for 3 scoops, has exceeded the "rip off" level. Granted they do...offer a variety of flavors, many of them considered non-traditional outside of the Asian culture. I went in to order 1 scoop of sesame and 1 scoop of Vietnamese coffee. I was asked if I wanted that in 2 separate cups, so I thought, oh heck, why not, since my friend (who was standing next to me) and I can share it that way. Instead of being charged for 2 scoops at $8.99, I was charged $6.99 for 1 scoop times 2 because the server offered it to be put in 2 cups. WHAT A RIP OFF. What a sneaky scammy way of suckering people into paying an extra $4 for a stupid little paper cup. They even have on their white board price list, "* Additional cone/cup 30 cents." WTF. Why did you charge me an extra $4? When I confronted the lady in the store, she attempted to reason that is what the "big boys" in America like Carvel do. Uhmm ... no. I'm American, and know that is Bee Ess. Just because I don't "look American" doesn't mean I'm a stupid tourist and will fall for that lame explanation. This is what scammy vendors do to squeeze money out of people who they mistaken as tourists who may make the trek one time to pay for overpriced / overhyped ice cream. She even tried to offer up another analogy by saying "if you bought a soda, a 2 liter will cost more than a small soda can". WTF! Stop, lady. Why don't you quit while you are behind? I highly recommend the following ice cream vendors as they are superb and do not require a long, off the beaten track trek to a location that has dirty business practices. Save yourself some time, $$ and grief, while enjoying a spectacular experience at these locations: Amorino Gelato & Cafe: 721 8th Avenue Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream: 1005 2nd Avenue Kaylee's Creamery: 115 E 27th Street Holey Cream: 791 9th Avenue Those are outstanding establishments that I will continue to patronize. No more Chinatown Ice Cream Factory scams to be subjected to.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 2, 2022

fantastic exotic flavors fit for any Chinese meal topper. Lychee, banana, mango, red bean, green tea, and other terrific flavors.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022

I am an ice-cream snob and while I was in New York for five days I cam to this ice cream parlor three times because the ice cream is just SO good. My all-time favorites are pandan and black sesame. Unreal!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed July 6, 2022 via mobile

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is a classic. We got there at around noon on a Sunday and there was a crowd of people outside. Thankfully, there was no line inside. This was our go to when I was a kid for ice cream cakes. But...man is it expensive (or maybe it was always expensive and I just never knew/appreciated the value as a kid). One scoop nowadays is $7 I believe! It does fill up a cone though - it's more like 2 small scoops into the cone. We went with the egg custard flavor and it did not disappoint. It is reminiscent of a don tot but not overly sweet, which I appreciated. It's definitely a once in a while treat, when you want some unique flavors you can't find elsewhere, and a bit of nostalgia.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 10, 2022

Excellent. I hadn't been in many years, but was in the neighborhood and got some donton (egg custard) and taro ice cream in a special blue corn cone. Still very satifsying, as it was many years ago.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 12, 2022

I have to say that Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is getting expensive. Their prices have never been this high before and even their employees are saying the customers are saying the same thing. It was $9.00 for two scoops of ice cream while a half...gallon of ice cream at a supermarket is $2.99. Still the ice cream was well worth it. I had a scoop of the Leechee and a scoop of Mango and both were delicious. I have been eating their leechee ice cream for years and it is the perfect food after a big Chinese meal. It is sweet, creamy and has a nice flavor of the fruit. The workers are really nice but even their concerned about the prices.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed July 15, 2021

I have been coming to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory since it opened over twenty years ago. I always have a craving for their Leechee Ice Cream especially after a big Chinese meal elsewhere in Chinatown. They have the most unusual flavors and I love...their Mango and Almond Cookie ice creams as well. This is where you will get the most interesting ice cream flavors around and it is the perfect spot on a hot day. It is a Chinatown institution.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 7, 2021

It was a welcome treat on Hot day. But was very overpriced. Basically paid $9 for one scoop of Icecream, have had better tasting Icecream elsewhere for $5 for a scoop

Date of visit: July 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3