A popular New York City ice cream shop best known for serving its soft-serve in Japanese-style fish-shaped cones will open a location in Boston later this year. Taiyaki NYC, which has two New York locations as well as one each in Miami and Toronto, is coming to the Seaport District next.
Taiyaki NYC will land at 121 Seaport Blvd., near several other New York-born chains, including Fuku and By Chloe.
The growing chain is well-known — particularly in the Instagram realm — for its bright, photogenic treats, which come in a variety of flavors and toppings, including unicorn horns. There are also some drinks on the menu, including a unicorn float, which is a taro slush with cotton candy sprinkles, served on a mini inflatable unicorn raft.
In its more traditional form in Japan, taiyaki — which dates back to at least the early 20th century — refers to a fish-shaped cake, usually made of a pancake- or waffle-like batter, that comes stuffed with a red bean paste, but other fillings are not unheard of. Here in Boston, several other spots have been serving ice cream-stuffed taiyaki already, including Teamoji in Allston, Yotopia: Chocho’s Snacks at Porter Exchange in Cambridge, and Ruka in Downtown Crossing, which serves its “big fish” as a plated dessert.
Boston has also proven hungry for other Instagram-friendly Asian dessert imports, including Hong Kong-style puffle cones and Thai-style rolled ice cream.
Taiyaki NYC could open its Boston location around spring 2019.
• Ice Cream Shop With Soft Serve in Fish-Shaped Cone Coming to Seaport [Boston.com]
• Taiyaki NYC [Official Site]