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wurstle Jun 27, 2006 06:46 PM

just noticed a new ice cream take out shop on Henry Street near Cranberry St. named Blue Pig, but didn't have a chance to try any - couldn't wait for the line. Anyone try it yet?

Reminded me a bit of a Baskin Robbins - they had blue ice cream with m&m's that they described as vanilla ice cream with m&ms and blue food dye and a few chocolate flavors - some with m&ms - as well as the obligatory mint chocolate chip. The sign says homemade ice cream. I heard it may be related to the Blue Pig ice cream parlor in Westchester County.

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    Fleur Aug 9, 2006 07:16 PM

    I think the HEIGHTS CAFE people also own BUON GUSTO. HC is pretty good ,burgers,salads etc. Have never found BG to be anything special. LA TRAVIATA, overlooked on this Board is far better.

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      Steve R Aug 9, 2006 08:40 PM

      The Buon Gusto owner was a partner when Hts. Cafe opened but they quickly had a falling out (anyone see a pattern here?) and he sold his share.

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      mimisusu Aug 9, 2006 06:11 PM

      The main person behind the original Cafe Cubanito was a woman who left New York for Miami. The rest. was her idea, and had her vibe. When she left the place changed, the quality of the food deteriorated, and what had been a crowded place became empty. As I understand it, the owner of Cubanito and the owner of Cafe B.G. are two different people; the owner of cafe b.g. has a small share in cubanito. But I may be wrong. Either way, both places were/are dumps, in my humble opinion. I have no idea about the Tazza/B.G. connection; Tazza seems like a pleasant place and B.G. doesn't.

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        mimisusu Aug 6, 2006 08:05 PM

        The place states the ice cream's homemade, but so what? The coloring is grotesque, the flavors clearly out of a tube. Try the pistachio for a joke, or the mint; it's all totally fake. And the consistency is like plastic. The owner is the same guy that turned Cafe Cubanito into a dump, the same guy that can't start a successful rest. to save his life--he's got the corner place, too, Chez Henry, or whatever it's called today, in incarnation #13. Cafe Cubanito at least had some great music on Thursday night, one of the few places that had jazz in the Heights. But that was a holdover from the original owner of the place, who was cool. Btw, in the last incarnation of Cubanito, the stuffed pineapple had the glorious distinction of having the pineapple shell reused everytime it came out of the kitchen. Yum.
        I don't get it. The neighborhood has rich people who clearly like food--look at the success of the Jack the Horse Tavern around the block, a place with just ok food. So why open crappy places that the neighborhood won't support? It suggests that there are stories behind these places...

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          Steve R Aug 7, 2006 02:16 AM

          I'm not going to defend the owner here, especially since I haven't been to Blue Pig yet, hated Chez Henry and dont know him at all. But you've made some statements about him & his places that I dont get. First of all, what do you mean "turned C.Cubanito into a dump...holdover from the original owner..."? He was always a partner in C.C. (& not a silent one) from the very beginning wasnt he? The food & drink I had there the 3-4 times I went didn't seem to change at all... I always thought it was mediocre but a nice place to have a mojito or caiprinha at the bar. As for "cant start a successful rest...", he's certainly failed at a # of places but he is the owner of Buon Gusto on Montegue St which, whether you like the food there or not, has certainly been quite successful. And his wife operates Tazza, which gets good reviews here generally and even I like. No real point... just saying.

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          Mark Alberts Jul 24, 2006 06:54 PM

          I'll step up and defend Blue Pig. Not the best in the world, certainly, but a nicely creamy texture and I did not sense the "iciness" some folks referred to. Also portionwise I felt quite the opposite, I got a single scoop and it was a very generous portion.

          1. Peter Jul 8, 2006 01:30 PM

            Yeah, I could haul down the hill to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory but I was excited for a new place -- something a little closer -- and maybe with a bit more variety.

            And as far as being part of a chain, my understanding is that there's really only one other and it's Westchester County somewhere.

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              Fleur Jul 8, 2006 08:30 AM

              Yuk!
              I agree with Peter..this will be gone.

              Apparantly this is part of a chain.

              You are already more than halfway down to get really outstanding ice cream at BROOKLYN ICE CREAM FACTORY. Walk off those extra caloris by going down the hill and back up.

              Years ago there was an ice cream place on Henry Street where the owner was robbed and murdered in a Sunday night drive by. I think the location is jinxed.

              After having a yen for really good ice cream, we went all the way out to VILLABATE for the best gelato this side of Italy. I had the hazelnut and stracciatelle.

              1. Peter Jul 8, 2006 02:47 AM

                Egad. I stopped in tonight. Now I see what you mean by the plastic cone holder. Emminently practical but utterly charmless and almost a little creepy.

                And what a depressing place! All vivid blue, cramped quarters, tiny portions (a quote from a patron "THIS is a single scoop?!", and the saddest-looking ice cream. I say it'll be shut down by Thanksgiving at the latest.

                -Peter

                1. Peter Jul 7, 2006 08:06 PM

                  Frequently iceiness come from old product. I imagine they're new enough that they don't have a lot of turnover in the freezer case yet -- maybe they need to toss some ice cream out before they make too much of a bad impression on new customers?

                  I don't know why I so badly want this place to be good. I suppose it's because I want to see that location succeed after 9+ years of failure (Tinto, Tinto Tapas, Chez Henry, what else?) and because I'm sick of seeing chains open up in Brooklyn Heights (Tasti-D-Lite, UPS store, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Aerosoles, Ann Taylor Loft, 1-800 Mattress, Subway, Chipotle, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, endless real estate offices...)

                  Also, what do you mean by plastic cone holders?

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                    Greg Jul 7, 2006 07:12 PM

                    I stopped by last night, but was not particularly impressed. Maybe I'm too into the natural food kick, but I was put off by the bright, artificial colors; artificial flavors; and use of plastic cone holders. Plus, the ice cream I ate had a distinct "iciness" to it - it was more like ice milk (low milk fat content?) than ice cream.

                    1. Peter Jul 7, 2006 06:04 PM

                      Tried to try Blue Pig last night but they close at 10pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on weekends.

                      I know it's not the heaviest of foot traffic over there, but isn't that a bit early for an ice cream place to close?

                      At a minimum, they should stay open extra late on Thursday nights for the next 7 weeks as the crowds return from the outdoors movies in DUMBO.

                      Peter in the Heights

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                        Claudia Jul 6, 2006 04:04 AM

                        I tried the Rocky Road (not sure why - call it a sudden craving). No marshmallows and only three walnuts in the whole scoop! Also the chocolate ice cream base was chalky. And the food coloring creeped me out a bit. The mint chocolate chip was a scary color. I am sticking with the Ice Cream Factory. And Almondine or Ciao Bella (at Rice in DUMBO), all of which are better to my taste.

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                          Liza Jul 6, 2006 01:18 AM

                          Blue Pig makes amazing ice cream--givee it a try-worth the lines

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                            AmityGuy1 Jun 28, 2006 03:39 PM

                            I tried the pumpkin ice cream at the Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson last October (after the Van Cortlandt Manor Pumpkin Festival) and found it to be perfectly okay. Not great.

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