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I understand that packaged carvel ice cream and cakes are certified kosher, but is there a carvel store in Manhattan that is certified too?

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  1. There are no stores under supervision in Manhattan.

    1. I don't think any of the 5-6 Carvels in NYC are under supervision. They used to be, back in the 80s, iirc, but not any more.

      1. There are 2 Carvel stores under certification in Los Angeles, and my wife and I went out of our way to hit one of them about a month after it opened, since we're ice cream fanatics. After eating there, we wondered,"Why bother?" The stuff is trash, gummy as the dickens. Perhaps one of the ice cream cakes, such as Fudgy the Whale, would be better, but I don't ever anticipate going to another Carvel's for stam ice cream. Soft serve is not so compelling. I'd rather eat the low quality stuff at Baskin Robbins, or better yet, soften Haagen Daas from the store.

        1. Not direcly on point, but the Carvel in Highland Park NJ has oversight. Then again so does the Baskin Robbins/DD combo and the local Dairy Deluxe (formerly a DQ). Then yesterday, we got the kids ice cream from a Good Humor truck where the driver was quick to point out that all his stuff was kof-K, DE. We got ourselves a regular Ice Cream war going on. The kids love it!!

          For my 2 Cents, the Dairy Queen knockoff is the best of the options; Carvel ice cream is nothing to rave about and as someone else says here too, none of this can compare to Hagen Daaz or Ben and Jerry's....

          Now if we could just attract some real restaurants like they got up north or in the City.

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          1. re: Marcharlan

            Carvel on Main Street in Flushing is under supervision. Keep in mind that all Carvel products are kosher.

          2. Thanks for the replies - I was just looking for a carvel to order one of their character birthday cakes, not searching for the best ice cream by an means. Any alternative for a kosher ice cream or dairy character cake in Manhattan (other than my most favorite dessert)?

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            1. re: mxgmom

              Baskin Robbins, Emack and Bolio (on the UWS), Ben & Jerrys, Dylans Candy Shop (60th? and 3rd). I'm sure there are others. Too bad there are no Friendly's in Manhattan.

              1. re: craigcep

                Thanks but none of those stores have certified kosher birthday cakes as far as I can find.

                1. re: mxgmom

                  I know you said Manhattan, but I believe Max & Mina's on Main Street in Queens may have what you are looking for. They sponsor kiddushes at the Jewish Center on the UWS every once in a while. Don't know about the cake situation there.

                  1. re: craigcep

                    Don't know if they do cakes but their ice cream is AWESOME :)

              2. re: mxgmom

                If you're just looking for a cake and you know their cakes are kosher, what's the problem?

                1. re: DeisCane

                  The prepared boxed cakes are kosher. I wanted to order a character cake from them not a prepackaged cake.

                2. re: mxgmom

                  I don't know if they do custom orders, but Jerusalem II Pizza on Broadway and 37th has a bakery counter with a decent selection of cakes that are quite good. If you're looking specifically for ice cream cake, try Cold Stone Creamery - most of their stuff is certified, and they have a wide selection of made-to-order ice cream cakes.

                  1. re: LI Guy

                    The Carvel in West Hempstead on Long Island is certified kosher.

                3. Supermarkets in the New York Metro area sell Carvel cakes and other products that have a Kaf K hashgacha.

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                  1. re: jeterfan

                    The Carvel in Staten Island is certfied. (We get my kids b-day cakes there)