Stay Cool with Shaved Ice


Shaved ice…it’s one of the best things in life. According to history, it goes way back to Roman Emperor Nero who sent his worker to gather snow then he added some fruits and honey. This might sound odd but it doesn’t matter because we love this sweet treat.

Shaved ice is made from ice that was finely shaved using a machine that utilizes blade. It is not made up of crushed iced like a slush drink. It actually resembles a snow cone but it is much flavorful because the syrup in a snow cone settles at the bottom. On the other hand, the shaved ice and flavor blend nicely together.

In a nutshell, it is ice that has a shaved texture. It is known by some names like Snow Balls and Shavers. The texture of the ice allows the flavor to get fully absorbed. It makes each bite a party in the mouth. The fine shavings of ice are totally soaked by the flavoring of your choice. It is not too compact and not too fluffy. It is just perfect. The texture of the ice melts in your mouth quickly. Craving for one?

Invite your friends and love ones to visit Café Zaiya. Choose from four flavors – Green Tea, Mango, Black Sesame and Strawberry. Enjoy this flavorful and cool treat.

Pure and sweet heavenly goodness in a cone


Everybody’s favorite ice cream has level up. It is no longer just an ice cream. Soft serve ice cream is becoming popular. This new craze has the same ingredients like a regular ice cream but it is created by a machine to produce a smoother texture. The swirl treat has more air which gives it as a ‘soft side’ compared to the traditional kind.

There is a never ending creaminess with a touch of flavor of your choice. Certainly it demands to be licked. The luscious texture gives a comfort and satisfaction to those who want to indulge.

Cafe Zaiya is serving cones with perfect swirls that go around and around. Choose from green tea, black sesame or combination of green tea and black sesame. The heavenly goodness is available starting May 30, 2016. Surely it will become an addiction cone after cone after cone…

Café Zaiya Captures Real Meaning of Summer!


In Japan, summer is a time to see colors and the seasonal fruits brought everything to life. In the effort to capture the sweetness of the said country during this time of the year, Café Zaiya has created three must try sweets. All of them have fruits of the season as a main ingredient. Everything will be so alive in the early summer fair hosted by the restaurant.
For the delight of everyone’s taste buds, three new products are launched and can be enjoyed for two whole months.

  • Oishi jelly. The name says it all. It is made of fresh grapefruit.
  • Cup de cake takes fruits in a whole new level. Various fruits are combined and filled with sweet elements.
  • Summer Danish is perfect with ice cold drink. It is delicious pastry topped with refreshing fruits.

For those who love fruits, it’s time to enjoy them in a whole new way. Early summer fair runs from May 2nd to June 30th.
Experience these three sweet offerings by visiting Café Zaiya.



RAMEN PAN is first collaboration product of Café ZAIYA and Naruto Ramen. Naruto Ramen is one of the well-known Ramen brands in NYC. We worked together to create Ramen Pan. It is the first innovative product by Japanese Bakery master and Japanese Ramen master in NYC. The product will be launched the Japan Festival which will happen in Boston. Take note that they will serve only 50 Ramen Pans so be there early if you want to try this exciting product.

ナルトラーメンは、ニューヨークに4店舗を構え、このラーメンブームの先駆けとも言える人気のラーメン店です。そのラーメン職人とZAIYAがタッグを組み共同開発した「ラーメンパン」が、ボストンで開催されるJapan Festivalにて販売されます。50個の限定販売となりますのでお見逃しなく!

Japan Festival BOSTON
4/24 (Sun) 11am- 6pm
Location : Boston Common, Vendor name: Naruto Ramen

CAFÉ ZAIYA :, Naruto Ramen :
CONTACT, About more information : ZAIYA PR desk :

Ways to Celebrate Cherry Blossoms in New York City

DSC_9556Sakura Matsuri 2015 at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Springtime is just around the corner. How do you want to celebrate it the Japanese way while you are in the city that new sleeps? Cherry Blossom Festival or Hanami in Japanese is Japan’s tradition that welcomes spring. It is a time to celebrate the beauty of nature. Traditionally people gather under the trees of cherry blossoms to eat, sing and enjoy the company of each other while appreciating the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms). If you are in New York City, there are various ways to celebrate this event.

  1. Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  2. The High Line
  3. Prospect Park
  4. Central Park
  5. New York Botanical Garden
  6. Riverside Park
  7. Randalls Island Park

1. immerse in japanese culture at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

New Yorkers favorite garden in the city is one of the best places to see the cherry blossoms. You will enjoy different variety of cherry blossom trees and at the same time immerse yourself into Japanese culture, arts and performances. Annual spring festival: Sakura-Matsuri in Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Saturday, April 30–Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 10 am –6 pm
Adults: $25
Seniors (65+): $20
Students 12+ with ID: $20
Children under 12, Members: Free

General information
Hours (Summer Hours)
Tuesday–Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Mondays (but open Memorial Day and Columbus Day, 10 am –6 pm)

Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (65+): $6
Students 12+ with ID: $6
Children under 12: Free

Official website

2. get a new perspective at The High Line

There are a lot of flowers and plants that are blooming in the city’s urban garden. The Cherry blossoms that are blooming will give you a natural high.

Hours (Summer Hours)
Dec 1 to Mar 31: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Apr 1 to May 31: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm


Official website

3. enjoy Prospect Park

This oasis is popular among people living in the Brooklyn area. The 585 acres of land has various cherry blossoms trees. Enjoy the calmness of this park.

Hours (Summer Hours)
5 am – 1 am


Official website

4. take a stroll the famous Central Park

If you are in NYC, do not forget to visit Central Park. It is necessary and your visit to New York City will not be complete without it. See the beautiful cherry blossoms at 90th Street, East Drive at 66th Street, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th Street and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd Street.

Hours (Summer Hours)
6 am – 1 am


Official website

5. have fun at New York Botanical Garden

Pink & white cherries are blossoming everywhere at this historic garden. Let us celebrate these beautiful flowers.

Hours (Summer Hours)
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Holiday Mondays
March 28 (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Spring Break Week)

Adult: $20
Student (with valid ID)/Senior (65+): $18
Children (2-12): $8
Children under 2: Free

Weekends and Holiday Mondays
Adult: $25
Student (with valid ID)/Senior (65+): $22
Children (2-12): $10
Children under 2: Free

Official website

6. celebrate at Riverside Park

Riverside Park is another New York gem if you want to see the cherry blossoms. There is Sakura Park with a beautiful cherry lined path by the Hudson River. The trees are located between 100th to 125th streets.

Hours (Summer Hours)
Open 24 hours


Official website

7. sightsee at Randalls Island Park

Cherry blossoms are just at the hindsight of the East River.

Hours (Summer Hours)
Open 24 hours


Official website

Reward yourself with delicious goodness seeing the cherry blossoms. Stop by an authentic Japanese bakery right in the heart of the city. In line with celebration of spring, Zaiya created treats that are both delicious and heartwarming at the same time. You can find sweet Sakura mousse and Sakura buns. There are also burritos and platters to satisfy your cravings.

How will you celebrate it this year?