As National Ice Cream Month draws to a close this week, we'd like to leave our readers with one last icy, creamy, and delicious gift. Here are the SE staffers' favorite ice creams in NYC (although some of us had a hard time deciding on just one).
'Victory Garden' on Serious Eats
If given a choice between soft-serve and regular ice cream, I'd take soft-serve in a second. I'm crazy for its airy-light texture, how it's always perfectly lick-off-the-cone-able. And New York happens to be an excellent place for soft-serve, ranging from treats as simple as Mr. Softee to as complex as coconut soy milk soft-serve or goat's milk orange blossom. Come see 7 of our favorites in the city!
A relative newcomer to New York's best ice cream neighborhood, Victory Garden has received no shortage of favorable press for its crisp, light goat milk soft serve. I love it for that, but I'm more intrigued by the Turkish owner's creative flavor, which borrow ingredients from the Eastern Mediterranean you don't often see around here.
We have a working theory at Serious Eats that the West Village is the best single neighborhood in New York for ice cream and gelato. Between the phenomenal gelaterie Grom and L'Arte, the crazy goat's milk soft-serve at Victory Garden, and unbelievable ice cream, gelato, and soft-serve on restaurants' dessert menus, the West Village would be our choice for an ice cream crawl that covers barely more than a few blocks—but gets you some of the best frozen treats in the city.
Next time a tapioca pudding craving hits, consider stopping by Victory Garden on Carmine Street. Here they do a Chia Seed Parfait, where hydrated chia seeds take the place of tapioca balls and cashew milk replaces the usual whole milk.
Here are five unique soft-serve spots we love; let us know if we've missed yours!
At the recently opened Victory Garden you can now get iced Hibiscus-Rose Tea ($3.50). The rose flavor comes in quite subtly, just tempering the tart and cool hibiscus. I prefer it without a sweetener—best to keep the drink light and the flavors pure—but you can ask for a little honey if you want.
Summer is here to stay, and while you may be tempted to huddle inside in the air conditioning, it's worth stepping out into the city for one of these frozen treats. Ice cream, gelato, soft-serve; it's hard to say which we like more. So we rounded up our favorite scoops, swirls, and (ice cream) sandwiches in New York City: some old friends, and some new favorites.
Livejournal user Peacock Harpy and her family have decided to spend the next month following the UK's World War II food rationing rules, using a set amount of products that were available during the war and cooking as many WWII recipes as possible. She's buying as much locally-grown produce as she can but also trying to grow vegetables at home in a Victory Garden, just as the public was encouraged to do back in the day. If you've read memoirs or historical novels set back then, or have talked to someone who lived through the rationing, you know that most people spent the entire war feeling hungry all the time—and Peacock Harpy happens to be going through the hungriest...