Months ago, when we spoke with Ample Hills owner and ice cream maker Brian Smith about the history and future of his Prospect Heights parlor, his reason for expanding into Gowanus was pretty simple: "We can't make enough ice cream," he told us. "In the summertime, we make 500 gallons a week of ice c ... More >>
Like any ice cream shop worth its salt this time of year, you'll consistently find a scrum thronging the counter, stools, and seats at Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington Street, 212-209-7684), a new Lower East Side parlor. A gleaming white board above the counter announces flavors like choc ... More >>
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If you thought ice cream season went out the door with warm weather, think again: The right flavor can provide the perfect complement to everything from pumpkin pie to potato latkes, and the holiday lead-up, according to at least one producer we spoke with earlier this year, is one of the busiest ti ... More >>
Adirondack Creamery's pumpkin pie ice cream, explains owner Paul Nasrani, is based on an old recipe he procured from his mother--and it eats as if he liquefied one of her final products and then froze it and churned it into this cold treat. Rich and creamy, it's redolent of nutmeg, cinnamon, and, of ... More >>
The go-go yogurt craze (thankfully not the Go-Gurt craze) of the mid-'00s still hangs on, but like a double scoop of freedom with a patriotism swirl, ice cream is back on top. It's hard to find a more satisfying sweet treat in so simple a package, and once mix-ins get involved, a single scoop is oft ... More >>
Vote for the best ice cream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...and new ice cream! Here's a look at some new and familiar places you can enjoy brand new versions of America's favorite treat, none of which are the couch right before a Friends marathon.
Good news for vegans this summer: One of Fork's favorite parlors in the city,Van Leeuwen, has debuted two new flavors made without the shop's usual cream, milk, and eggs. We stopped in for a taste of the new vanilla and chocolate scoops, to see how they stood up to our usual order of strawberry and ... More >>
Having carved out its formidable niche in the gourmet ice-cream category with such flavors as dulce de leche and bananas foster, Häagen-Dazs has announced that it's expanding its realm and continent-hopping for its newest release, drawing inspiration from across the Atlantic for seven flavors of ge ... More >>
Madison Square Eats is back for another round for the fall season. For those who didn't have a chance to stop by during their summer season, the outdoor food vendor event is located at Worth Square, across the street from Madison Square Park, and features approximately 30 merchants. The opening da ... More >>
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be making a 10-hour drive from their home base in Ohio to bring their ice cream truck to New York City this weekend. Jeni Britton Bauer's company churns some seriously good frozen treats and the truck is arriving to scoop some flavors we can't usually find in New York ... More >>
A sweet alternative to brunch
Monday, August 13 Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented With Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The proprietors of Baked in Red Hook will be showcasing their recipes at the New York Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Sunday, August 19 Third Annual Ice ... More >>
Bring your thirst to the waterfront
New York is a city of ice cream lovers. And we have a pretty outstanding set of parlors to make our summer days sweeter. Here are our 10 favorite ways to cool off right now (including sorbet, soft serve, and a sandwich). Don't see your favorites here? Show them some love in the comments.
Fancy ice cream could get even more expensive due to an increase in price of one of its crucial ingredients, vanilla. The price of vanilla has risen by 20 percent in the past two months, a trend that market analysts say is due to a combination of bad harvests in the countries that produce vanilla an ... More >>
Left to right: Hug-Me the Bear, Fudgie the Whale, Cookie Puss Kids who grew up in the '80s and early '90s will doubtlessly remember Fudgie the Whale, Cookie Puss, and Hug-Me the Bear. They were characters in the crazy world of Carvel Ice Cream Cakes, relentlessly flogged during the cartoon ... More >>
This truck stop beckons
Rebecca Marx Yesterday, Blondie of Blondie & Brownie noted with some alarm that Coolhaus has raised the prices of their ice cream sandwiches from $5 to $6. "Don't get me wrong, the cookies are beyond delicious and the ice cream is a creamy delight," she wrote, "but this ice cream sandwich pr ... More >>
Craft's Strawberry-Pistachio Clafoutis with Lavender Ice CreamMake the most of your summer strawberries with this refreshing take on clafoutis that incorporates strawberries and pistachios instead of the traditional cherries, courtesy of Craft's pastry chef, Jenny McCoy. "Clafoutis is one o ... More >>
Rebecca MarxAlthough we've almost put Frozen Treats Fortnight behind us, we are powerless to resist the vicarious thrill that comes with indulging in other people's ice cream coverage.
Rebecca MarxA big, fat ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. Come the end of May or thereabouts, we more or less live on a diet of frozen dairy and other icy foodstuffs. It's part Darwinian survival strategy and part hedonistic appreciation for anything that can be eaten from a cone -- preferabl ... More >>
Rebecca MarxWill Culture's frozen yogurt make our 10 best?Come the end of May or thereabouts, we more or less live on a diet of frozen dairy and other icy food stuffs. It's part Darwinian survival strategy and part hedonistic appreciation for anything that can be eaten from a cone - preferabl ... More >>
Sara McLachlan, Ice Cream Ice cream's great, not only to eat but to sing about, as well. As a metaphor for love, the frozen treat is unsurpassed -- it's cold, it warms up, it melts, and it's gone. Here are four of our favorite Love = Ice Cream songs.
Rebecca MarxIf, unlike us, you have not eaten your weight in ice cream this week, then you may be interested to know that this weekend will present numerous opportunities to consume it.
Rebecca MarxOne of last year's Quality Cakes, or what was left of it.Since we've always been proponents of the concept of ice cream as a meal replacement, we're more than happy to report that Quality Meats has brought back the ice cream cakes we last summer dubbed "the dessert equivalent of h ... More >>
Almost two months to the day after Brian Smith described to us exactly how a vat pasteurizer works, Ample Hills Creamery is open for business. This news comes courtesy of Diner's Journal, which adds that, as we had earlier reported, the Prospect Heights shop will also offer ice cream cakes an ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThe soft serve will flow.When the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opens sometime in June, it will be the brick-and-mortar manifestation not only of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but also the way that stars, against all odds, sometimes magically align.
Melt BakeryWhen we spoke with Suchin Pak last week, the Hester Street Fair founder told us that the market can serve as a "great boot camp for chefs and people who want to start businesses." And it looks like one of her vendors has made it through camp with flying colors.
Rebecca Marx Although we have no trouble finding plentiful innovation in ice cream, we rarely encounter the same quality in ice cream cones, which tend to be an afterthought or, worse, cake cones. So when we heard that Karloff offered pretzel ice cream cones, and thus the potential to fulfil ... More >>
A month after announcing its intentions to bestow ice cream sandwiches upon our fair city, Coolhaus is hitting the road. New York Street Food reports that the truck will debut tomorrow as part of some sort of agreement with Firefox. They'll be handing out free ice cream sandwiches with browse ... More >>
joelk75/FlickrThis past weekend brought major developments for Park Slope lactose lovers, thanks to SkyIce ice cream and Culture Yogurt.
Last week, after we learned that the L.A.-based Coolhaus would be taking to the streets of New York next month, we reached out to Natasha Case, who started the ice cream sandwich truck with Freya Estreller in 2009, to learn more. Chief on our minds: why, with such a dedicated West Coast follo ... More >>
WikipediaThe real breakfast of championsNew York City is truly an ice cream wasteland. And not just because Late Night Snack is ridiculously difficult to find here. This city is devoid of the world's best ice cream flavor--Grape Nuts. Yes, the cereal itself might evoke breakfasts of blandn ... More >>
Ample Hills Creamery started its life last spring as a cart parked inside the now-defunct Lucas Fine Foods in Park Slope. A few months ago, its founder, Brian Smith, announced that he'd be opening a real, live storefront on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, scheduled to open this spring. ... More >>
The winter months are typically a quiet time for frozen-treats purveyors, unless they are Fany Gerson. The owner of La Newyorkina, Gerson has been using most of her waking hours to prepare for what is sure to be a very busy summer. In addition to her new cookbook, Paletas: Authentic Recipes f ... More >>
Gourmet Over the past several weeks, pie has been repeatedly touted as the next big trend in desserts. Yes, it's time for the cupcake to disappear within Dante's Third Circle of Hell, but is pie, America's iconic diner food, worthy of being the next big trend? No, and here's why.
NY Crumbs attended the 9th annual Taste of the Lower East Side event last night (held, ironically, in Nolita) and has a good roundup of who was there, what was served, and what everything tasted like. Highlights included mozzarella tomato and basil on puff pastry from Falai Panetteria; avocado mash, ... More >>
Summer came on like a runaway train this past weekend. To wit: we spotted the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck in SoHo doling such goodies as ginger, red currant, and peppermint chip scoops.