Create Your Own Ice Cream Cone with Taiyaki NYC!

Create Your Own Ice Cream Cone with Taiyaki NYC!

I stopped by Taiyaki NYC to try their “Build Your Own Ice Cream Cone” option. While the unicorn hype was fun and delicious, it was exciting to create my own Instagram-able taiyaki (鯛焼き) ice cream cone.

But what is taiyaki?

Taiyaki (鯛焼き) is a Japanese pastry shaped like a fish often stuffed with bean paste or custard. It’s usually warm, made in a pan similar to a waffle maker. I’ve had taiyaki filled with matcha paste as well and it’s delicious. If you ever get the chance to try the pastry by itself, don’t miss out; it’s especially comforting on a cold day because it’s hot when you buy it fresh. Taiyaki ice cream cone is basically a taiyaki open like a cone filled with warm stuffing and then topped with ice cream.

  • Regular Taiyaki: $3
  • Specialty Taiyaki Cones: $8
  • Matcha Latte: $5
  • Taro Shake: $6
  • Unicorn Inflatable Float & Shake: $10
  • Build Your Own Cone: $8
  • Ice Cream Cup: $5
  • Matcha waffle cone: $6

They have other items on their menu, not just what’s listed above. Make sure to check their menu on Facebook for more options!

Check out my other post about Taiyaki NYC Unicorn Cone and Float Shake!

Build Your Own Ice Cream Cone Menu

To build your own taiyaki cone, you get to pick from the chart below 1 base, 1 ice cream flavor, 1 drizzle and 2 toppings.

BaseIce Cream FlavorDrizzleToppings
+Taiyaki Cone
+Matcha Waffle Cone
+Black Sesame

+Condensed Milk
+Rainbow Sprinkles
+Chocolate Sprinkles
+Cotton Candy Sprinkles
+Unicorn Sprinkles

+Crushed Oreos
+Graham Crumbs
+Wafer Sticks

+Rainbow Mochi
+Rice Cracker Pearls
+Coconut Flakes
matcha sesame ice cream cone with mochi

This was my indecisive attempt at building my own cone. It’s a matcha and black sesame ice cream swirl on a custard stuffed taiyaki with strawberry drizzle, rock candy and mochi skewer. Sure looks like a mess too! \(^/// ^”)


The strong flavor of the black sesame worried me a little but the ice cream was mild and blended well with the matcha ice cream. It gave the matcha a nutty flavor, almost like peanuts. The taiyaki cone was crunchy on the outside but warm on the inside because of the custard.

Would I buy again? Yes!

I’d like to try the matcha waffle cone and their plain taiyaki. Their location is in the middle of Chinatown & near Little Italy, I know I will find myself back at their shop.

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