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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…)


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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Coffee Crisp Ice Cream at MORGENSTERN'S FINEST ICE CREAM

I love getting creative with ice cream, but in my mind, the most perfect ice cream flavor is coffee. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream currently has a menu that features four different variations of this perfect flavor. My favorite was the Coffee Crisp which has a deep roasted coffee flavor with bits of buttery, crunchy candy balanced with a touch of salt. It was one of the best flavors (and textures) I’ve had in a very long time.

MORGENSTERN’S FINEST ICE CREAM
2 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 209-7684
morgensternsnyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

It Came From Gowanus at AMPLE HILLS CREAMERYI really don’t have a good excuse as to why I’ve never officially reviewed one of the city’s best ice cream makers, Ample Hills. But I can’t ignore their great concoctions. This year, I was blown away by their toxic sludge inspired chocolate ice cream. For those that don’t know, the nearby Gowanus Canal has been one of the most polluted waterways in history. The dark chocolate base is mixed with white chocolate pearls, orange-spike chocolate brownie pieces, a crack cookie mix-in with hazelnuts, and who knows what else. It might look terrifying, but it’s all delicious.

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY
305 Nevins Street (at Union Street),
Gowanus, Brooklyn
(347) 725-4061
amplehills.com

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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