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



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. 

We’re known for our fish-shaped Japanese waffle that is chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside; the textures and flavors blend perfectly in glorious harmony with the artisan flavors of soft serve ice cream.


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