10Below Ice Cream

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Summer’s in full effect, it’s hot as hell, and the best cure is ice cream. Fact. I have a couple personal favorites, but always up for trying the newest thing on the scene. So when 10Below opened up in Chinatown last week, I had to be one of the first to check it out. 

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It was especially hot out, and there was a healthy line. Since everything is made to order, and each order is pretty involved, it takes a bit longer than your average scoop spot. They’re the first to bring Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to NYC, using an advanced cold plate that reaches temperatures well below -10°F (hence, the name). Luckily, they had an angel, in the form of a young water-pourer, to hydrate the people in line.

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I finally made it downstairs into the shop, hip-hop music bumping and the guys behind the counter enthusiastically singing along to every song, making it a fun environment. Many of the menu items are also named with hip-hop references and influences. Because, you gotta have a good beat when you’re mashing up all those ingredients, and smoothing them out, to roll up into, well, ice-cream-roll-ups? 

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I ordered the Peanut Butter and Jealous (Peanut Butter, Fig Jelly, Captain Crunch, and Condensed Milk), and added Bananas as a topping. This was a real delight. The ice cream itself looks cool, but, it also tastes great too. It’s rich and creamy, no ice chip appearances here. Flavor wise, it had a nice, light, hint of all of the flavors. I got the peanut butter more than the fig jelly, which, I would have loved, but, it was still really delicious, and the cereal and condensed milk added a great touch. 

The Shorts:
Name: 10Below Ice Cream
Location: 10 Mott Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. A couple of the other flavors really stood out to me, so, I gotta try them out. Next time, hopefully without the long line. 
Would I recommend it? Go get your (ice cream) roll on, it’s worth it. 

Seamore’s

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Seafood. I love it. So, when I heard Michael Chernow, co-owner of The Meatball Shop, opened up a new seafood spot in Nolita, I had to check out Seamore’s.

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Similar to The Meatball Shop, the vibe is laid back, the menu has delicious offerings, and the price point is super affordable. The focus is all on seasonal seafood, primarily fish, but there are still options for vegetarians and even a burger, if you HAVE to eat meat. But really, it’s all about the seafood, so, you should definitely go with that. To start, I ordered a cocktail, Mezcal Old Fashioned (mezcal, resposado tequila, muddled citrus, citrus bitters). So, I love mezcal, but I’m not a huge Old Fashioned fan, but, I let the former outweigh the latter in my decision. Ok, so, perhaps not my best decision. On a positive, I only needed to order one drink, since it was pretty potent (win for my wallet, maybe not the best for their chance to get me to order another beverage). I will say though, while it isn’t meant to be a sweet drink, I would have loved a little more of the citrus flavor, a little lighter on the bitters. However, an Old Fashioned drinker might have loved it without any complaints. I did get to try my dining buddy’s drink, Shore Thing, which was super delightful, and would definitely order that next time. 

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To eat, I ordered Spicy Squid Tacos (corn tortillas, kale, apple, cotija, corn nuts). Ho. Ly. S**t. These were so amazing. The tacos themselves are generous in size, and stacked with the ingredients, so, you’re probably good to take a couple big bites of each one before losing most of it on the plate. So, in an unusual taco-eating fashion, I had to fork and knife it, which, was totally fine, and, made me look like a delicate lady (thanks, Seamore’s). The spicy squid isn’t too spicy, and has a fantastically seasoned flavor with a bit of a briny scent and flavor. The rest of the ingredients bring such a complexity of flavor and texture, that it can only best be summed up as f**king delicious. That’s technical enough, right? 

The Shorts:
Name: Seamore’s
Location: 390 Broome Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Hell yes. The tacos were so amazing, and I literally wanted just about everything off the menu, so, I have my work cut out for me.
Would I recommend it? For shore (bad pun, sorry, had to). The service was great, the food was fantastic, I just won’t be ordering the same drink again. A small sacrifice for a brilliant dish.