In January, when my husband had been eating an overfilled cone, no fewer than three people stopped to ask him where he’d found it. This post is an attempt to assist those dedicated souls that are looking for this creamy treat in the chilly season. Allow me to outline the rules that I will follow: first, these places are in Manhattan and all on the West Side. Second, I will deal only with the real thing-frozen yoghurt, soft serve, sherbet and ices have their place, but I am limiting myself to the hard core-the full fat-the authentic ice cream. click this link here now
Several years back, when I was a refugee from the west shore, I heard that Baskin Robbins was finally coming to New York. We mounted an intrepid group of ice cream eaters and motored up to Bronxville to locate it. Yes, the 31 flavors were all there including our beloved Rocky Road, its most famous flavor since 1945. B&R has retained its high quality and mostly good flavors (does anybody really want bubblegum?) And deserves to be known for its pioneering spirit. Go to the web to discover a location near you. Westsiders, please notice 606 Tenth Avenue and 1342 Amsterdam.
Oreo cookies, M&Ms, nuts and candy canes are mashed into your ice cream by a muscle server. Frankly, I’m in this mostly because of the mix-ins–the ice cream is only a delivery system and is OK for people who like quantity over quality.
Haagen Dazs is now represented on the West Side largely by pints at Duane Reade stores (not bad if you’re in need) but the fresh stuff may still be found on the Upper West Side at 2905 Broadway @ 113 St. I could almost have to compare their hot fudge with the legendary Will Wright’s. Growing up in Los Angeles, we would go to Will Wright’s and purchase one scoop of this chocolate burnt almond ice cream (whole toasted almonds in it and on top) with fresh whipped cream and the best hot fudge in the world. You couldn’t eat another scoop. When Will retired, he didn’t sell his shops-he closed them down. No one who understood them has ceased to mourn for them. But Haagen Dazs has a pretty good substitute. I think HD’s natural flavorings are the best and it has the distinction of an extra high fat content. Yum.
And now, Emack and Bolio’s. This little store on Amsterdam just below 79th Street does a rollicking business even in winter from its little storefront. We had a great banana ice cream reminiscent of Howard Johnson’s very nice version-maybe better-we have to do more research to make up our minds.
Ben and Jerry’s, at Broadway and 104th Street, for 35 years has stood for IC with a conscience. Family farms, solar energy, global warming, oil-drilling in ANWAR, Fair Traded vanilla and coffee, a children’s playground in Gabon and of course, humane farming-they never cease. Although B & J sold in 2010, the company is still innovative. Named for favorite celebrities or issues, Cherry Garcia, Cow Power, Chunky Monkey and Hubby Hubby are full of very big chocolate chunks, nuts, fruits and marshmallows. Some purists may say-too much-I say, bring it on.