The dessert shop Taiyaki—made popular by it’s fish-shaped waffle cones filled with custard or red bean paste (“taiyaki”)—is now serving up the fluffiest pancakes in the city.
Taiyaki has become a well-known ice crem shop in Manhattan for adding ice cream to the top of their ‘taiyaki’ cones, and then for their Croyaki…and then again for their unicorn floats! That said, they’ve made their way into the spotlight once more with their amazing Japanese-style soufflé pancakes.
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These soufflé pancakes are only available on the weekends at their Manhattan location in Chinatown, so it should come at no surprise that long lines form of people trying to get their hands on these delicious cakes. Various publications reported that crazy lines with a wait of up to two hours formed outside on the first weekend they were served, when temperatures were below freezing!
Taiyaki’s pancakes come with a small taiyaki and are topped with powdered sugar, butter, whipped cream, and either a green matcha cream or syrup. The light and fluffy pancakes are only served from Fridays through Sundays until 2 p.m. (due to the amount of special attention each cloud-like cake requires for perfection) but the company is looking to expand this brunch item to other locations sometime soon. Earlier this month, Taiyaki took to instagram to ask the public whether they should bring the soufflé pancakes to Toronto, Miami, or Boston next. The tall stack of pancakes cost $7, but depending on what toppings you get it might run you a few more bucks.
Place: Taiyaki NYC
Where: 119 Baxter Street
When: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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