To say New York’s ice cream game is strong now is a bit of an understatement. This town is currently crazy for frozen goodness in all shapes, flavors and forms. From the finest gelato outside of Italy to small-batch artisanal shops, creations as Instagrammable as they are delicious and others made right before your eyes —  the Big Apple’s cone runneth over with options. Click through to get the scoop on our favorite local heroes.

For Fish-shaped Cones and Interesting Options: Taiyaki NYC

Taiyaki is a kind of fish in Japan, but don’t let that confuse you. Taiyaki NYC sells fish-shaped waffle cones filled with soft serve, and it’s creating quite the sensation. Yet another treat filling up Instagram feeds everywhere, this unusual dessert is pretty, delicious, and causing lines out the door of its Little Italy outpost. And the cones aren’t just filled with ice cream — they also have custard or red bean paste in them — alongside unusual ice cream flavors like matcha or black sesame. For those traditionalists looking to try this, no worries, you can get the cone and the custard or bean paste with chocolate or vanilla, too.

Taiyaki NYC
119 Baxter St.
212-966-2882
Little Italy
Online: taiyakinyc.com

photo: Michelle T. via Yelp

Where does your family go for a frozen treat? Tell us in the comments!

— Kim Sunshine