An extravagant ice cream shop full of fish-shaped cones and colorful soft serve arrives in Boston’s Seaport District later this month. Taiyaki NYC makes its debut in Boston on April 26 at 119 Seaport Blvd., and the founders have a full weekend of festivities planned.
This will be the fifth location for the New York-based chain, which is well-known (perhaps best on Instagram) for its photogenic soft serve, vibrant and swirled atop the fish-shaped cones and adorned with toppings like sprinkles and unicorn horns.
In addition to soft serve, Boston’s Taiyaki will serve hot and iced matcha, brewed plain or in latte form, as well as matcha frappes and taro slush. Carrying the unicorn theme over from the ice cream, Taiyaki’s beverage menu also gives customers the option of ordering a unicorn-shaped inflatable drink raft with the taro slush for an additional $4.
Taiyaki NYC Boston’s opening weekend will stretch from April 26 through April 28, and the shop will feature its unicorn floatie in a promotion, given out with purchases of $15 or more. Though they won’t be available for opening weekend, Taiyaki’s fluffly souffle pancakes will eventually be on the menu in Boston as well.
Taiyaki takes its name from a traditional Japanese cake that’s shaped like a fish and made from a waffle-like batter, then typically filled with red bean paste or other options. The Seaport ice cream shop joins a handful of others in the Boston area serving desserts inspired by this treat, including Teamoji in Allston, Yotopia: Chocho’s Snacks at Porter Exchange in Cambridge, and Ruka in Downtown Crossing.
The new Taiyaki location will be one of several New York-born chains in the Seaport District, including fried chicken joint Fuku, which opened late last year, and fast-casual vegan restaurant By Chloe, which arrived in the Seaport two years ago before expanding to Fenway and Back Bay.
Taiyaki’s opening weekend hours will stretch from 12 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For a look at Boston’s opening menu, see below.