Ice cream ascended to popularity in 1972, when Richard Nixon returned from China with a Ming vase full of rocky road and kindly split it with Elvis Presley. Mix east and west into a tasty swirl with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street. Upon the first use of the Groupon voucher buyers will receive a punch card, enabling them to split the full value of the Groupon over multiple visits.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory treats its customers to many different flavors of Asian-inspired icy treats. Adventurous patrons may dive straight into the flavor vortex with selections including black sesame, wasabi, or the taste-bud-enlightening Zen butter. Those seeking more familiar faves can chill with a scoop or two of chocolate, vanilla, or mint chip ($3.75 for a single scoop, $5.75 for a double scoop). Screaming sorbet fans will melt in the presence of tropical tastes such as strawberry colada and mango-papaya, and Chinese favorites such as lychee sorbet are tasty enough to require protection from pickpocketing Victorian ragamuffins.
Owner Philip Seid has ruled a dynasty of skilled ice-cream artisans for more than 28 years, making Chinatown Ice Cream Factory one of the oldest businesses in Chinatown. The staff will gladly assist newcomers with sample tastes to make their difficult decisions a bit sweeter and entirely free from vexing, fatalistic riddles.
Numerous publications have featured Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, including New York magazine and the Village Voice. More than 750 Yelpers give it an average of four stars, Citysearchers give it an average of five stars and made it a Best New York Ice Cream winner in 2007, 2006, and 2005, and 90% of more than 200 Urbanspooners like it: