New Yorkers take their food seriously. They indulge in hours of happy disagreement about who sells, and what constitutes, the best burger, pizza or coffee. And of course the best ice cream. And just as craft beer flavors have multiplied outrageously over the last few years, so ice cream vendors of the artisanal persuasion offer endless new flavors to entice the adventurous. So what is on offer as New York’s spring is slowly springing.
Of course you can buy the classics if you wish but why not take a run at the goats milk soft serve you can find at Victory Garden 31 Carmin St, nr Bleecker which you can get in a fennel seed cone with all sorts of goodies to sprinkle on top such as candied pine nuts, bitter orange drizzle and fennel pollen.
Big Gay Ice Cream, which started off as a food truck and has now branched into 2 shops, one in the East village and another in the West Village is launching a new flavor which is hortchata (Mexican rice milk drink) soft serve as well as their madly popular more mainstream flavors.
Momofuku Milk Bar SoHo, East village, West village, Upper West side, Williamsburg , Carroll Gardens is offering a root-beer float. They are being cagey about whether it is alcoholic or not
And Ben & Jerry’s, at rockefeller Center and the Port Authority building, both in Midtown, who while not artisanal have a strong hold on the ice cream loving hearts of New Yorkers are offering a beer ice cream with an unashamed 6.3% alcoholic content. It’s called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale ice cream, so apart from the alcohol it’s right up there with the multi flavored offerings of their more rarefied competitors.
And then look at their video launch of the Brrr-ito which either has marijuana in it or theya re pretending it does. So there you have it folks soft serves with a hefty side order of substances that will make chill out. How appropriate.