Co-founders: Jimmy (left), Ricky (middle), and Tom (right)


about the owners

Our story begins with part faith, part love, and part luck. With members from numerous Far East cities like GuangZhou, Taiwan, Mandalay, Haiphong, and Tokyo, only faith could have brought the family at Taiyaki NYC together to the city that never sleeps. While growing up as first/second-generation Asian Americans in New York, the Taiyaki NYC family had one love in common—embracing our heritage and identity through our love for travel and food. After many trips and adventures to the food “meccas” of the world—the streets of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, and Japan (and with a hint of luck)—we stumbled upon an idea that speaks the global dessert language of ice cream and waffles! With those three perfect ingredients—faith, love, and luck—Taiyaki NYC was born. 

At Taiyaki NYC, we work hard as a family to focus on quality and consistency in the products we sell to our community. Our ice cream and taiyaki waffles are made from the highest quality ingredients. Our waffles are made fresh on-site, and our soft serve ice cream is produced and churned in small batches to preserve the true integrity of how a real soft serve should taste. We strive to keep our customers happy and satisfied while leaving a minimal footprint on our planet.

We strive to work with people and organizations all across NYC. Our goal is to give back to the community the best we can. By doing so, we hope to build a community store that is deeply rooted in the neighbor we serve.


Elena (left) and Karen (right) enjoying some Taiyaki Ice Cream pre-opening.