New Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in W. Village!
The Bespeckled Trout (the little shop connected to Anglers & Writers, on Hudson St. near St. Lukes) has just opened a little (6 or 7 stools) soda fountain. It is highly promising. I tried a chocolate malted, and the really interesting news is that he uses neither Horlick's nor Carnation, but rather what he described as raw malt from Wisconsin. He showed it to me; it looked like little pellets rather than powder. We were so enthusiastic that he also made us an on-the-house egg cream with a pretzel, which he said was the way they traditionally used to be served. The guy seems very knowledgable and passionate about all things soda-fountain-related. The shake maker is a vintage Hamilton Beach which he reconditioned; ditto for the seltzer taps. The counter itself is a marble slab from a 1930's Queens soda fountain.
I am really excited about this place, and will sample more things and report back. I haven't yet tried the ice cream itself, but he says it's a 16%-butterfat(!) ice cream from the midwest. Next on my must-try list: hot fudge sundae!
That is good news. In the last few years all the old fashioned ice cream parlors in Manhattan have closed: Macy's, Diane's Uptown, Agora.
Even if the ice cream is good, going to a Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs and being served your sundae or ice cream soda in a paper cup to go just isn't the same.
re: ruth arcone
You do know about the great ice-cream place on Bleecker just east of Seventh Ave South, right? Close to John's Pizza, on same side of street, and across street from Matt Umanov's Guitars. Run by two Argentine brothers, and awesome. My fave is hazelnut, but they have MANY other flavas for you to sample. Go, and stop bemoaning the lack thereof.
re: ruth arcone
sounds awesome! does anyone remember a small ice cream place called THE FOUNTAINHEAD that used to be on second ave and 23rd street? it opened in 1975 and closed around 6 years (?) later. i'd get cheesecake, croissants and jam and shakes in addition to excellent hot fudge and caramel sundaes there at lunch or after school when i was in junior high.