Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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Guys, ideal ice cream weather is on it’s way (yeah, we’re pretty much into May and it’s been forever winter in NYC)! Yesterday was the warmest day we’ve had this year, so I had to take advantage and grab some ice cream. They’ve been open just about a year, but I hadn’t made it over until now. So, I got to finally try Mikey Likes It Ice Cream in the East Village. 

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This little ice cream shop packs in a lot of fun and personality. From the friendly team, to the fun flavor names, stemming from pop culture, these guys are turning out a great product with unique combinations. They feature a flavor of the month, symbolized by fun, face cutout clocks posted on the wall of their namesake, like this past month’s, “Moon Walker”, aka Michael Jackson. 

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Everything is made in pretty small batches, so, you have to be quick to make sure you get your favorite flavor before it’s sold out. But, you shouldn’t be too concerned, because all the flavors are really delicious (they encourage you to sample them all, and I’m not one to turn down a free ice cream sample). I went for their Pretty in Pink (Mikey Likes It signature strawberry with fresh strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and freshly cracked black pepper). Fancy, right? It was awesome. I like strawberries, but I don’t usually gravitate to a strawberry ice cream. Until, I tried it. I was really surprised at how much I loved it, choosing it as my scoop to enjoy. The ice cream is rich and creamy, and combined with the fresh strawberries, it really turns out into a luscious treat. You get hints of the acidity from the balsamic, but it certainly doesn’t overtake the flavor. Oh, and they’ve got some mega ice cream sandwiches with Red Velvet waffles. So, that’s next time for sure. 

The Shorts:
Name: Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Location: 199 Avenue A, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. These guys have a great story, that goes along with a great concept and product. Definitely worth checking out.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Try all the flavors you’d like so you can pick out your favorites and enjoy them as-is, coned up, or sandwiched in between some waffles. I’m coming after you next time, waffles. 

Melt Bakery

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Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, a pretty glorious holiday. And Hester Street Fair (a seasonal designer/crafts/food fair on Saturdays and Sundays) celebrated with an ice cream social. There were some pretty solid contenders, but a little, magical, ice cream sandwich from Melt Bakery caught my attention. 

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Now, this local and sustainable ice cream sandwich company, has their own store front on the Lower East Side where they’re making the cookies and ice cream fresh on site. I had their Thick Mint (Crackly Chocolate Cookies and Peppermint Ice Cream). This ice cream sandwich makes a frozen Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie look like a poor man’s treat. The chocolate cookie has just the perfect amount of chew, with a great chocolate flavor and crunch from the large sugar granules confecting the top. The ice cream is cool and refreshing (obviously it’s cold, but cool from the peppermint flavor), and creamy, without being overly rich. 

The Shorts:
Name: Melt Bakery
Location: 132 Orchard Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Since I haven’t actually been to the store itself, I’ll need to go. But, they also vend at the fair and the High Line.
Would I recommend it? Frozen York’s and Thin Mints are for chumps after you’ve had the Thick Mint. But, if that’s not your flavor, they also have a handful of others that sound amazing too.