Ample Hills

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I declared my Best Ice Cream In NYC Challenge from Refinery29’s list, and, so it begins. For my first stop, I was off to Ample Hills at their brand new, second location in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 

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Complete with an ample (no pun intended) amount of seating inside, and on their second floor, this new location also includes a rooftop patio with benches and tables to enjoy your ice cream outdoors with a view. They have over a dozen flavors to choose from, and they’re all handcrafted in small batches, using fresh, local, all-natural milk, cream and eggs. 

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And, just like my favorite open kitchen format, they have a glass panel to their kitchen, where you can watch the masters hard at work. 

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I chose their Salted Crack Caramel (salted butter caramel ice cream with pieces of Deb’s famous crack cookies (saltines, butter, sugar, chocolate)) in a Pretzel Cone. Holy $h!t. This was so amazing and delicious. First off, the ice cream is rich and creamy in texture, and the flavor is warm and dynamic, offering the perfect salty and sweet mix. And the pieces of the crack cookies are not just little bits here and there, there are big, generous chunks throughout. And, they’re ridiculous. Also, this homemade pretzel cone is insane, it’s crisp, but has a sort of softness to it, and compliments the ice cream flavor like whoa (that’s a technical term, introduced by Joey Lawrence). And let’s be honest, you have to get a cone anyway, because turning down a cone for a cup is like refusing a free snack. Who does that? Not this girl. 

The Shorts:
Name: Ample Hills
Location: 305 Nevins St., Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? No, I hate delicious, scratch-made ice cream that tastes like heaven. Sarcasm. Yes, I’d like to live there.
Would I recommend it? 100% guaranty that you’ll get addicted. And you can sample lots of flavors so you can wish you could order them all.  

The Royal Palms

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When you hear shuffleboard, what do you think? Florida, the elderly, cruise ships. Sure, maybe, but how about an indoor shuffleboard club and bar in Brooklyn? Well, you can find just that at The Royal Palms in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 

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This 10 court shuffleboard club is open to walk-ins, and they even host league nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. The club is open and spacious and almost mimics an outdoors shuffleboard court with booths set in the back covered by canopies. They also have a rotating group of some of NYC’s most popular food vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Mexicue. But, in the center-back of the room is where you’ll easily find the bar.

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I ordered The Jim Allen (Herradura Silver, Creole Shrub, Fidencio Mezcal, mango nectar, lime juice). This mason jar served cocktail was so delicious. You get the nice smokiness of the mezcal, and then the sweetness of the mango comes right through. 

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See you on the courts. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Royal Palms
Location: 514 Union Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Anyone want to start a league?
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a really great place to hang out for a drink, learn to play shuffleboard (or amp up your game), and grab a bite.