Photo by Julius Freyra (CE ‘21).

Oli’s Sweet Mess: NY Frost Factory

By Olivia Heuiyoung Park (ME ‘20)

It seems like the weather in NYC simply skipped autumn and decided to “fall” into winter. But whether you want to fight the blazing sun or the seemingly unstoppable wind, ice cream is always there to comfort you.

Taking a slight detour from our usual shops of East Village and near the dreaded Bobst Library, a frequent destination for Cooper students especially during midterm season, we visited “NY Frost Factory,” an “authentic Taiwanese” dessert shop from ingredients to machinery.

This shaved snow ice is located on Macdougal Street in between Bleecker Street and West Third Street, neighboring Saigon Shack, Artichoke Pizzeria, Playa Bowls, Kati Roll Company, by CHLOE, Pommes Frites, and more. Rather than being milk-based like most ice cream, this shaved snow is water-based which gives it an unbelievably light yet creamy texture—filling you up but also not leaving a heavy, thick aftertaste.

With 11 base flavors (a handful of them are vegan!), numerous toppings, and complimentary drizzles, the combinations are endless. Although they do have pre-created combinations for $7.25 you can build your own for just $5.75, with an additional $0.50 per topping. They also give a student discount of 15% off, AND stamp cards. Each order comes with a bucket full of shaved snow and a generous serving of toppings, probably enough for two or more people to share.

After grabbing dinner or a quick munchie, or if you are just craving that refreshing, sweet treat, visit this small and charming shop for some amazing authentic Taiwanese shaved ice.

NY Frost Factory
106 Macdougal St.
Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday 12 p.m-11 p.m.


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