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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

I want to say I would never spend $7 on a cup of ice cream. But I would be lying if I said that because I did spend that ridiculous amount of money on a single serving of ice cream.

When I walked by the window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen (an upscale dessert restaurant from the creator of the Cronut) selling ice cream, I knew I had to try it. I had been reading about the soft serve here for a year or so now but had yet to make it during opening hours (they are only open Wednesdays through Sundays).

I paused at the price tag. I actually walked on for about 20 minutes before returning and deciding we only live once. Thankfully for me $7 won’t break the bank and I wanted to try this intriguing ice cream, so there it is. $7 later and all I have to show for it are these less than professional photographs.

But now I’ve also had the experience of trying Dominique Ansel’s ice cream. Was it worth $7? Not sure I’d go that far. (more…)


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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

2016 was a pretty sad year for the New York restaurant world. It seemed like every week another announcement revealed that an old standby or well-regarded food spot was closing – victims of astronomical rents or high labor costs or just plain bored chefs.

Carnegie Deli, Soto, Montmarte, Betony, Fritzl’s Lunch Box, and Pork Slope were just some of the great dining establishments we lost. But the saddest for me by far was Victory Garden.

I didn’t write enough about this goat milk ice cream business in the West Village. I think that’s probably because I was so busy enjoying it and always forgot to sit down and reflect. It was definitely the place I visited the most – after dinner, after work, on the way home. Whenever I could. The soft serve was simply divine and the flavors were healthy and surprising.

But unlike most of those other businesses, we haven’t completely lost Victory Garden. Thank the good Lord!! They will still be packaging their ice cream in pints at local grocery stores, summertime will bring an ice cream wagon, and their incredible soft serve is available (albeit in one flavor only) at a cool little stand at Chelsea Market.

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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

MIKEY LIKES IT, 199 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 13th Street), East Village

I feel pretty bad about this review. I don’t loke criticizing small businesses that are doing their best to invest in and embrace the community.

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I like Mikey Likes It. The owner was on premises and thanked me for my support. I also like the concept – the ice cream and flavors are influenced by both Southern comfort food and pop culture. There is a flavor named Foxy Brown and another composed of Pecan Pie ice cream and praline pecans. The only thing I don’t like about the place is the ice cream. (more…)


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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

10 BELOW ICE CREAM, 10 Mott Street (between Worth Street and Pell Street), Chinatown

The face of ice cream (and food in general) is changing in this city. Sadly, dishes are now being created not because the choice of ingredients makes a delicious combination, but rather because the enormity or uniqueness of a dish makes for a great Instagram photo.

The Very Small Crowd

That’s actually why 10Below was opened. The Chinatown ice cream shop, which usually hosts an hour-long wait, is the brainchild of someone who saw the popular ice cream rolls in Thailand on Instagram and decided to introduce it to New York. Needless to say, it’s been a big hit. Because ice cream tastes better when rolled to look like a flower? No, of course not, but because the dish looks great on Instagram. (more…)


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My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM CO., 175 Kent Avenue (between North 3rd and North 4th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

We are in the midst of a very experimental time in ice cream. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I’ve always thought ice cream was one of the most diverse dishes in existence. If you can think of a flavor, odds are you can make it into ice cream.

In my days of making ice cream, I have experimented with all sorts of wacky combinations and flavors – everything from a very successful maple bacon to a horrifying turkey and candied sage. I have recently discovered that there is a shop in Los Angeles that makes Thanksgiving-inspired ice creams (including stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy). Maybe they figured out how to make those flavors work.

So Hard to Decide

Here in New York, we have plenty of ice cream shops that shun vanilla and chocolate in favor of some exciting and innovative flavors. (more…)


Category: Ice Cream

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

MORGENSTERN'S FINEST ICE CREAM, 2 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street), Lower East Side

I have no explanation, it doesn’t make any sense, but ice cream has been the least represented dish on this site of late. I’ve searched for many iconic dishes here in the city and re-visited them all many times. It’s not uncommon to see a falafel or hot dog review on this site. But the last real ice cream review I wrote was almost a year ago now.

And it’s not like I’m not eating ice cream or that there aren’t new places to explore (there are tons!). So why don’t I revisit ice cream as much as pastrami or pizza? My only explanation is that I get so carried away by the ice cream experience that I forget to take notes and photos and concentrate on the quality. First world problems, clearly. (more…)


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