July 2017

There’s no better place to find your new favorite ice cream than NYC.  And surprisingly (or not), the most trendy ones today happen to be Asian-owned!  I know, you may not equate Asians with ice cream at first, but we Asians love taking photos so when it comes to picturesque treats, it’s no wonder the cutest, and most Instagram-able ones are Asian-owned!  We’ve done the taste-testing, and have rounded up the top 5 that NYC has to offer.  New summer bucket list, anyone??

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Store: Justin Tea

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Location: 69 Mulberry (Chinatown)

Trains:  J, N, Q, Z to Canal

Open: 10am-12am, yes people, you can have your late night ice cream binge here at midnight!

Most Instagram-able must trys:  There are tons of creative desserts to try including liquid nitrogen ice cream (watch them make this from scratch and feel like a scientist eating your smokin’ cold scoop), mango tower drinks, pop rocks toppings etc. but we opted for the cutesy teddy bear waffle cone and my little one was NOT disappointed!

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Store: Soft Swerve NYC

 

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Location: 85B Allen St (lower east side)

Trains:  B, D to Grand st.

Open: 12pm – 12am everyday except Sunday 12pm -11pm (gotta love these Asian-owned places for staying open late!)

Most Instagram-able must trys:  What’s special about this place are the exotic flavors such as black sesame, matcha, or the ube (purple yam) will beg you for a try! If your kid is like mine and loves the color purple, ube will be the best pick, (get it with the red cone for an extra vibrant pic) and watch as your kid’s tongue and mouth turns Barney-purple!  I took this shot right outside the store in front of a grafitti covered love wall.  They do a cute job with the mochi sprinkles by adding a ring around the base of the ice cream, making for a super cute cone – next time I’d get that too!

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Store: Milk & Cream Cereal Bar

 

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Location:  159 Mott St (border of Little Italy and Chinatown)

Trains: J to Bowery, B,D to Grand, 4,6 to Spring St.

Open: 12pm – 10pm everyday except Fri & Sat (open til 11pm)

Most Instagram-able must trys: With 4.5 Yelp stars and almost 200 reviews, you know you can’t really go wrong here.  Specialties include birthday cake and matcha flavored cones plus an endless selection of all the nostalgic cereals from your childhood.  Pick your favorites and they’ll crush and mix it into your ice cream!   Also, the store is so cute, you’ll wanna stay and take shots of your tasty cone from all angles!

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Store: Taiyaki NYC

 

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Location: 119 Baxter St

Trains: J, N, Q, Z, 4,6,N,R to Canal

Open: M – Th 12pm – 10pm, Fri 12pm -11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm  (so confusing by changing it up so much..)

Most Instagram-able must trys: Let’s start by mentioning the over 1050 reviews and 4.5 stars..that is a mighty feat!  It’s a tiny store with hardly any space to sit and enjoy so plan on taking your shot by the quote wall or out in the city for a cool street shot.  Beautiful presentation includes a unicorn option (not pictured here).  The fish cone with red bean inside is served warm making for a tasty contrast to your soft serve of choice!

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Store: Cafe Bene’ (don]’t let the French- sounding name fool ya, this is truly a Korean chain..one that we frequent both in K-town and beyond)

Location:  www.caffebeneusa.com

Trains: so many locations to choose from.. K-Town, Tribeca, Brooklyn, East Village, Union Sq, Times Sq. etc

Open: see website Most Instagram-able must trys: This all – in – one coffee/gelato/bubble tea/ waffle/sandwich/ice cream shop is a must-stop for anyone who loves a shaved ice (with ice cream).  Our favorite is the matcha one with green tea ice cream, matcha sauce, almonds and whipped cream but the cutest one for pictures is the choco devil.

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So there you go!  It’s National Ice Cream Day today.  Time to start checking off that list!  Leave a comment to let me know which one takes top priority for you to visit or if you see that I missed something, please let me know!

Here’s to summer!

 

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One of the many reasons I love NY is because of the creative, branded pop-ups that the city surprises us with.  As a former brand marketer, these fascinate me on a professional level and because of my background, I feel like I enjoy all the details even more than the average passerby.  Of course now, the best ones are the ones I can enjoy with my daughter, like the Perrier pop-up which just opened to the public today.  We were one of the first to check it out!  Think sparkling water with a splash of fun!

This immersive experience made the brand come alive through its colorful, interactive environment with the highlight being a fruitastic (bubble) ball pit to which Juliet screamed, “I LOVE THIS PLACE!! I never wanna LEAVE!”

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We were lucky enough to have the whole ball pit to ourselves.  We swam, we dove, we giggled and we posed.

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After all, the Perrier Flavor Studio was specifically created to encourage social shares.   Just take a look at this place…can you say ‘Instagram-able?”

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Besides the mirror on the ceiling of the ball pit, there was even a hashtag photo printer and Twitter vending machine to attract the socially savvy.  The vibrant studio space featured juicy fruit splattered walls evoking the painted house Perrier’s partner artist, AKACorleone, created for the brand.

A live DJ set the mood, an interactive art wall turned everyone into an artist, and a Perrier “mocktail” bar encouraged mingling.  Another highlight for us was enjoying a complimentary mommy and me mani.  Keeping in fruity theme, we got to choose from several fruit nail art.  Juliet chose the pink strawberry cuz well, PINK!  I chose what I later learned was the most popular – watermelon.

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How cute is this??  Plus you have no idea how badly I was dying for a manicure.  Mommy has no time!  Thanks, Vanity Projects!

What a fun way to launch Perrier’s new flavored sparkling water (or bubble water as Juliet calls it)!  We loved the watermelon flavored water the best but there is also strawberry, lime, and lemon flavored water too.

Come one come all!  We recommend getting there as soon as it opens at 10am (now through Friday)..avoid the weekends if at all possible because with all this buzz, we predict it will be jammed.

  • Free, open to the public
  • open 10am-6pm each day
  • the manicurist and mani offering began at 3pm today and is only there one more day (Thursday)
  • Macarons by Dana’s Bakery (Fri & Sat)
  • Sundaes by Big Gay Ice Cream (Sun.)
  • restroom is available on-site

Check out my IG story today for all the video details!

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