best innovative icies (2008)
"We're not just the guy on the corner," says John, who's been making multi-flavored gelatos and icies since he was a kid. He was inspired to open NYC ICY because his kid Noah is lactose intolerant. The seasonal shop serves fruity flavors such as green apple, passion fruit, NYPD Raspberry, licorice, and (their most popular flavor) apricot-ginger. "The ginger is imported from Australia," says John, who prides himself on using the finest powders, purees, and extracts. I even heard two employees having a detailed conversation about the proper scooping technique. This is some serious ice.