Ice & Vice

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Alright, so, everyone keeps saying that Spring is on the way, so, I’ll just go ahead and believe them, even though it’s still 30-40 degrees in NYC. Still, if it’s cold outside, it doesn’t really stop me from eating frozen treats. Especially delicious and unique frozen treats. Ice & Vice is an experimental ice cream pop-up shop, focusing on small, customized batches, with edgy and ultra-premium ingredients. I visited them at one of their weekly weekend pop-ups at the Brooklyn Night Bizarre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

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They offer a handful of flavors that have some familiar elements, and then test the boundaries, giving you something a bit different and unexpected. Because, you can get a boring pint of plain vanilla ice cream at any grocery store, anywhere. I’m bored. But, can you get Nilgiri Tea Leaf, Lemon Charcoal, Salted Caramel ice cream just anywhere? Exactly. And that’s just one of their flavors. On my most recent visit (yes, I’ve had their ice cream before, and I was back for more…poetic), I had their Love & Hate (root beer ice cream with ginger molasses soil). This was definitely something special. It sort of brought in all the nostalgia of a root beer float, but, with a twist. You immediately taste the root beer in a super smooth and creamy ice cream. Then, you have these little crunchy morsels of ginger molasses, adding texture and a rich sweetness to balance everything out. 

The Shorts:
Name: Ice & Vice
Location: Brooklyn Night Bizarre, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, their ice creams are really great and they offer unique flavors I haven’t seen anywhere else. 
Would I recommend it? Yes. Step outside your comfort zone and order something different. You’ll thank me later. 

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ABC Kitchen

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While a dinner reservation here is pretty challenging, you absolutely need to make it a point to visit ABC Kitchen in The Flatiron District at some dining point, where it’s lunch, brunch or dinner. 

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This Jean-Georges restaurant is everything you’d expect it to be from him, nothing shy of amazing. I’m pretty obsessed with the aesthetic here too, it’s rustic, meets French countryside, meets woodland nymph. Food wise, everything here is locally sourced, organic, and, well, delicious. 

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To start, as a snack for the table, we ordered their House Cut Fries. These are so amazing. They’re perfectly seasoned, crisp herbs and rosemary really add a nice dimension to the already tasty, crisp fries. 

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Then, I went for their prix fixe lunch menu and, for my first course I had the Line Caught Tuna Sashimi (marinated with ginger and mint). Amazing. The dish has a little bit of spice to it with a nice hint of the ginger. The tuna itself is perfect and seems to almost melt in your mouth.

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Next, for my entree I had their Veggie Burger (minted yogurt and housemade whole wheat pita). I loved this. First off, the burger and pita are super substantial and hearty. The veggie burger is housemade, of course, and lightly dipped in an egg bater and quickly fried, giving it a nice crisp exterior. The minted yogurt was especially nice with this too, adding a nice creaminess to the meatiness of the burger. I really loved the carrot slaw here too, they had the nicest balance in texture between being tender and crisp, and lightly dressed in an olive oil. 

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Then, for dessert, I had the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae (candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolate sauce). Holy $&*!. This was so incredible, it’s basically heaven in a bowl. The salted caramel ice cream is rich, and silky, and almost has a burnt sugar appeal. On top is a housemade whipped cream, light and airy and not even all that sweet, balancing well with the rest of the sweet dish. The chocolate sauce on the bottom is warm, and rich and chocolaty and almost fudge like. Then, you basically have a homemade crackerjack box confecting the sundae. It’s all ridiculous and insanely delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: ABC Kitchen
Location: 35 East 18th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uh, DUH! Faster than you can say ABC. 
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding and friendly, and the Sundae. Can we talk about that again? In love.