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Taiyaki has been a popular destination to visit for their legendary fish-shaped ice cream cones in New York for years. Located on Baxter between Canal and Hester Street in Little Italy, you’ll find a small shop with one of the best soft serves in the city. Known for their taiyaki which looks like a fish, you’ll find a great selection of their signatures along with souffle pancakes, or you can build your own ice cream. Each cone ranges from $6 - $9 which isn’t too bad since this is a delicious dessert and very Instagrammable as well. The most popular option I’ve seen on social media is the unicorn taiyaki which comes with a red bean taiyaki cone, any flavor of ice cream, unicorn sprinkles, and unicorn horn, and ears. Not only is it adorable but the ice cream is creamy and doesn’t melt as fast. I can tell that they use high-quality ingredients which are worth the price point. The interior of the shop is also aesthetic and beautiful. Taiyaki also has a cute Care Bear design on their wall so you can take photos in front of it. There is currently a collaboration with Rilakkuma so you can get ice cream in its head shape which is perfect for those who are obsessed with the character.

If you go for the build your ice cream option, you first start with picking your cup or cone then choose the ice cream flavor. There is a good amount of options ranging from matcha, hojicha (roasted matcha), strawberry mango, vanilla, chocolate, and more. Thirdly, you choose syrup which is a drizzle over the ice cream like caramel, condensed milk, chocolate, and strawberry. Lastly, choose two free toppings like rainbow sprinkles, crushed Oreos, unicorn sprinkles, rainbow mochi, and more. It is great that you can customize your options so there is something for everyone. I also heard great things about their souffle pancakes which come in the original flavor or matcha. They only offer it during the weekends on Friday to Sunday and there is a 15 minute cook time but at least it is bouncy and fresh for you.

If you are looking for your next summer treat, check out Taiyaki when you are in the area! Not only is each flavor rich and delicious, I like how there are more Asian flavors here. It reminds me of the rich matcha ice cream in Japan and I think I found my favorite ice cream soft in New York!

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