Never heard of kakigōri? You can try this traditional Japanese treat this summer at Smorgasburg or the Canal Street Market.
Kakigōri is a traditional Japanese summer dessert with origins dating back to the 11th century. Kakigōri is made by carving a block of pure ice using a special machine, and adding toppings to create different flavors like strawberry or mango.
Bonsai, one of the first kakigōri cafes in Manhattan, was founded with the idea to bring this delicious dessert from it’s native Japan to the streets of New York City. After founders Gaston and Theo struggled to find a single spot that served it in the city, they decided to set up their own shop.
The kakigōri’s come in various flavors like Strawberries & Cream, Matcha Mountain, and Rhubarb Cobbler among others.
You can check out their Canal Street location Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM as well as Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, or at Smorgasburg Williamsburg every Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Smorgasburg Prospect Park every Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm.