Hawaiian inspired frozen treat proves a hot spot on York

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York Boulevard has witnessed an assortment of gastronomic additions in the past decade. Just four months ago, New York Snow — a storefront serving “snow cream” — transplanted from its original location in Little Tokyo to join the bustling boulevard. New York Snow’s “snow cream” is an alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt. Though the name of the frozen dessert destination suggests they serve shave ice, the main attraction tastes more like ice cream.

Co-owner of the family-owned shop Mark Corcino recognized Highland Park and York boulevard as an ideal location for relocation.“The reason why we moved to Highland Park was because we knew that the neighborhood was becoming lush with art and culture,” Corcino said.

Corcino serves up thinly shaved, all-natural, dairy-free “ice cream.” The surprisingly rich and creamy dessert is soy-based and flavored with all natural ingredients draws its influence from both popular Taiwanese and Hawaiian desserts.

The flavors of the day include Bananas Foster, green tea, summer peach, taro and chocolate. The toppings resemble those of frozen yogurt shops including pretzels, graham cracker crumbles, Oreos, fresh fruit and coconut shavings, among others. Included in the price of one regular dish of “snow cream” are two free toppings and one free sauce.

Though seating is limited inside and the interior of the shop lacks ambiance, the outdoor seating area is quaint and comfortable — ideal for a “snow cream” shop in the warm L.A. climate.

Just a block from Café de Leche and other popular eateries on York, New York Snow is within walking distance from campus. The delicious alternative to fro-yo and ice cream truly brings something new to the frozen dessert offerings in the Eagle Rock area.

New York Snow LA is located at 5108 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042. Mon.-Thurs. 2:30 p.m. 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m.