Wooly’s Shaved Snow

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On my recent trip to the new City Kitchen in Times Square, I saw some familiar vendors, and was introduced to some new ones. One that I hadn’t tried before was Wooly’s Shaved Snow, so, of course, I had to give it a shot. Now, I’ve had loads of different desserts in my life, but this was actually the first time I was going to try real shaved snow, or, shaved ice. Wooly’s is making a Taiwanese-style shaved ice, and if you haven’t had shaved ice before, don’t think of a snow cone, it’s completely different. Don’t think of ice cream either, it’s still completely different. Ever seen and felt fresh powder snow? Ok, now you’re on the right track. So, take that, add some flavor, throw some toppings in, and you’ve got it. 

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They have a few different flavors of snow, and a number of toppings to choose from (included, you pick 3 toppings and one finish). I had their Original Leche with Pocky Sticks, Graham Cracker Crumble and Captain Crunch. I ordered it with Chocolate Drizzle as the finish, but…they forgot the drizzle! Partly my fault too for not noticing, but, I was excited about trying this for the first time, there were Pocky Sticks sticking out of there, I had to take a picture before it started to melt…so many things. And no drizzle. But, I was still able to enjoy it. The snow itself is extremely light, which you’ll automatically see when picking up your cup. It really feels like eating fresh snow, but with a subtle sweetness and creaminess from the milk. It’s the perfect frozen treat to enjoy, since it’s not too sweet, and not heavy, so it will leave you feeling satisfied without feeling too full. Also, depending on your toppings, you can really create a fun little dessert, complimenting the flavor of snow you choose. The toppings I ordered worked out really well, it was basically like eating a frozen, light, bowl of dessert cereal (without the drizzle…ok, I’m over the drizzle…I also just like saying the word drizzle).

The Shorts:
Name: Wooly’s Shaved Snow
Location: City Kitchen, 700 8th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Now, I love ice cream, but, my stomach doesn’t love a lot of heavy dairy floating around. Shaved snow is the perfect fix if you’re after something subtly sweet, light, and refreshing. 
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s an experience to try it, in itself, and anytime you can customize toppings, well, that’s just plain fun. 

City Kitchen

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Whether it’s a continuing trend, or just the new normal, food halls are still sprouting up in NYC. I’ve visited Gotham West Market, Hudson Eats, and Gansevoort Market, all food halls housing some great food and beverage options. The newest to join the list, opened just a few days ago in Times Square. Now, I really dislike being in Times Square. Sure, if you’re a tourist, the idea of Times Square is probably spectacular…Broadway shows, all the lights, live network TV tapings you can squeeze yourself into. But, as a New Yorker, walking through tons of people parked in the middle of the side walk with a map out, and passing 3 Elmo characters (one with his head off, getting some air), you’ve got to give me a good reason to take a trip over there. Well, with some names like Dough, Luke’s, and ilili Box, I was down to check out City Kitchen in Times Square. 

The space is open, simple, and clean, lined with white tile. There’s seating in the middle, and wrap around counter seating, looking out toward 8th Avenue. While this food hall is smaller than some others, it has just enough to cover all bases, and not overwhelming to the customer. Below are all of the vendors, in no particular order:

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Azuki is a Japanese Sushi restaurant.

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ilili Box is inspired Mediterranean takeaway.

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Dough makes scratch made delicious doughnuts. 

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Gabriela’s Taqueria serves authentic Mexican food.

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Kuro-Obi is the ramen concept of well know ramen restaurant, Ippudo.

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Luke’s has fresh Maine lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls. 

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Whitman’s serves burgers with seasonal and local ingredients. 

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Wooly’s Shaved Snow has shaved snow with choices of toppings. 

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Sigmund’s Pretzels has different flavors of soft pretzels. 

The Shorts:
Name: City Kitchen
Location: 700 8th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If we take Times Square out of the equation, then yes. All the food concepts inside, and the aesthetic itself are really great, and worth the visit.
Would I recommend it? If you haven’t been, or find yourself in the area, definitely give it a visit and snag up some delicious food. Once you’re inside, you’ll totally forget about all the Elmos.