July is almost over and we just realized that not only is it Good Beer Month, it’s also National Ice Cream Month (established in 1984 by the Gipper!). We’ve already held forth on all the great beer Brooklyn has to offer and now we’re giving ice cream the same treatment. Sure, everyone has their special favorite flavor (black raspberry with chocolate sprinkles, please), here are some places where you can try something fresh and surprising.
Newest on the ice cream greats list is ice cream cart The Greene Ice Cream (229 DeKalb Ave.), which comes from The General Greene in Fort Greene. “Every batch is made by hand,” said Nicholas Morgenstern, who creates it himself in the basement of the restaurant. Morgenstern has been making it for years, but just recently felt he perfected his trade enough to cart off tubs of bitter chocolate mint, salted caramel pretzel, honey vanilla, and a bevy of other, rotating flavors to restaurants in the area (like Buttermilk Channel and Five Leaves). At $3 for two scoops, his favorite, the hazelnut chocolate gianduja, can’t be missed.
A mere block away at Bonita (243 Dekalb Ave.), another tasty ice cream adventure is going on. Chef Billy Barlow has taken on Mister Softee and created his own organic soft serve. With flavors like Venetian vanilla, blueberry, and a mocha, which change according to season and whim, you’ll already be plotting your return for more before you get to the bottom of your $6 dish.
Does ice cream bring people together? This theory could certainly be argued when you go to Jennie Dundas’ (Barlow’s sweetheart) shop, Blue Marble (420 Atlantic Ave and 186 Underhill Ave). They also dish up all organic, natural ingredients at her store (which she co-owns with Alexis Miesen)–even in their newest flavor, cookies and cream. Made with Newman’s Own sandwich cookies, this addition fits right in with their to-die-for strawberry. Prices range from $2.85 to $6.25.
Maybe you don’t want all those fancy flavors. If that’s the case, Hinsch’s Confectionery (8518 5th Ave.) in Bay Ridge is happy to scoop you a delicious, but basic chocolate or vanilla cone for $3 to $5.40. This 1950s-style diner also serves the perfect malted, ice cream sodas, banana splits, and hot fudge sundaes.
In DUMBO, the new Jacques Torres (62 Water Street, next door to the chocolate shop) scoop shop calls out. Prices range from $3.30 to $6.30, and it’s worth being doubly bad with a rich, creamy waffle cone packed with Wicked, a smooth chocolate ice cream infused with ancho and chipotle peppers. Not into spice? Try the signature Jacques Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor, made with fresh, in-house baked cookies.
Not far away, grab a more traditional vanilla-chocolate chunk cone at Mark Thompson’s Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (1 Water Street at Fulton Ferry Landing). Their all-natural ice cream, with a fluffy, almost whipped-cream consistency, comes with a killer view of the Brooklyn Bridge, making your cold, creamy treat ($3.50 to $6.50) even sweeter. You can grab a cone from their sister shop in Greenpoint (97 Commercial Street) and take a quick stroll to water views of a different sort–the Newtown Creek and a panorama of midtown Manhattan.
Text and photos by Linnea Covington, sent by Annaliese.