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May 16, 2007 11:31 AM

favorite frosty desserts?

With all the good weather, i'm constantly getting snacky for nice frosty desserts that i can take away.

we all know about the ubiquitous mister softee ice cream trucks, but any other suggestions?
i'm looking mainly in 2 places: 1.) post-lunch around 44th/5th Ave (take out), and 2.) anytime around east village (eat in or take out).

here are ones i'm aware of:
-tasti d-lite (not my favorite...are there any in these areas?)
-'wichcraft at bryant park ice cream
-cafe zaiya? i think there's shaved ice & tofu parfaits.

bubble tea, icy drinks, gelato, fruity parfaits, the more interesting the merrier.

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  1. In the E Vill, Sundaes and Cones, Australian Homemade, Ben & Jerry's, Mary's Dairy. I've heard about East Village Ice Cream on Ave B btw 13th and 14th but haven't been yet.

    1. ray's deli on ave A and 7th st. has great shakes and frozen yogurt.

      il laboratorio del gelato on orchard b/t delancey and broome if you can venture out of the EV. they also have their own station at whole foods bowery.

      i'm sure many chowhounds consider it blasphemy, but i love Wendy's Frosty's too!

      here's a frozen yogurt thread from a while ago:

      1. Does anyone know if the Pinkberry in Chelsea (8th Ave) opened yet? My LA friends rave about it (tart, not too sweet, good texture frozen yogurt). I drove by in a cab a few weeks ago and it didn't look open and since then I've been too lazy to trek back, but am curious if there are any reports....

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        1. re: NinaNYC

          It's open-- although I must mention, and I know I am in the minority, I did not like it at all. But it's there! 8th and 17th, I think

          1. re: jdream

            My boyfriend tried it for the first time and didn't like it either - he didn't like the sourness of the yogurt. But we both loved the mochi. I've had it at the 32nd St. location and the Chelsea one, and found that the Chelsea location's fruit doesn't seem as fresh as the 32nd St. location's. Which is a bummer because the plain goes SO well with ripe but FIRM mango.

            1. re: janethepain

              i agree about the sub par fruit at the chelsea location vs. 32nd street. i just thought it wasn't in season yet..
              pinkberry is good, but not good enough to justify $6 for a medium size..i guess they have a high overhead with all those phillippe starck chairs!
              apparently in LA people will wait over an hour for it!

              1. re: lilnugget

                Pinkberry is probably the most overrated dessert I've ever had in my life. The line at the UCLA campus is ridiculous. So with all the hype I went to try the one in little Korea....$6 dollars for an almost empty cup and so little toppings i could probably buy a whole box with that cash.

                give me a tasty d-light or even Mickey D's soft serve ANYDAY

                1. re: kelea

                  go to k-town for some paht beeng soo from any of the korean bakeries along 32nd st. i forget - is there a go-ryo-dahng there? i believe there is (i frequent the one in flushing).

                  anyway, paht beeng soo is shaved ice topped with sweet red beans, ice cream, little pieces of mochi, fruit (sometimes fresh, sometimes canned) and whipped cream. oh gosh, i'm drooling just thinking about it.

                  usually 1 will be enough for 2 people.. it's about $5.

                  1. re: Linda

                    Yes, there is a Koryodang, but if I remember correctly, the paht-bing-soo was pretty expensive - around $8. The toppings differ place to place, but it's similar to Taiwanese shaved ice, if you can relate better to that. I'm Korean, but I actually prefer the Taiwanese version haha.

                    1. re: janethepain

                      I should have clarified - it's 5 and change if you get it to go, which I always do because part of me won't pay 8 for ice. Even if it has the really good chewy, sorta gelatinous marshmellows.

                      I prefer Taiwanese shaved ice too, but don't know where to get it. can you name some good places in Manhattan, preferably with the marshmellows? I'm addicted to those things.

                      1. re: windycity

                        Are they actual marshmallows or mochi? I'm sure places in Chinatown have it, but I remember I was on the hunt for some pretty recently and couldn't find any (though it was nighttime so a lot of the places were closed anyway). Maybe the bubble tea places would have it? I know Viet places have similar desserts that hit the spot as well.

                        Pinkberry has their own version of paht bing soo, which I'd like to try. Anything with condensed milk can't be wrong.

                        1. re: janethepain

                          thanks, all! these are great.. keep 'em coming!
                          i myself am a big big fan of the shaved ice (although my background is taiwanese, i appreciate the korean version too. filipinos got it too - halo halo). i've had the version at the high priced cafe on w. 32nd st, and while i'll agree it's pricey for ice, it's so yummms. and i think it is mochi, not marshmallows. i think i saw a version of it at Cafe Zaiya (on 41st & Madison), but i haven't had it yet. There's gotta be other places in Chinatown that have this?

          2. re: NinaNYC

            don't waste your money on pinkberry. i live in l.a. and it's really not all it's cracked up to be.

          3. I love the frozen custard at Shake Shack! When custard beach was still alive I liked that as well.

            I also like the apricot corn kernel tofu at Yakitori Totto, It is not frosty like ice-cream, but it is very refreshing after all the grilled food and yakitori. Very smooth!

            Last time I went to Del Posto (last friday) they had a dessert of local raspasberry and rose gelato and ice wine granita - this is my far my favorite dessert for spring.

            I am going to get dirty looks from some, but I like to have jamba juice when it is hot outside!

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            1. re: kobetobiko

              Ooooh, ice wine granita...I cannot wait to feel that hit the tastebuds! Don't feel guilty about liking jambajuice, it hits the spot on a hot day.

              I agree with the above poster on shaved ice - Kory@dang on W 32nd has some for about $5.75. It's a lot to pay for shaved ice, but it comes with kiwi, strawberries, orange, red bean, vanilla ice cream, condensed milk, and those delicious marshmellows. I think they also ave other flavors but never tried them.

            2. Otafuku on 9th has shaved ice with strawberry syrup and condense milk.
              Panya also has shaved ice with strawberry syrup and condense milk.
              Ten Ren on 9th-10th street 3rd ave has bubble teas
              Marys Dairy 1st ave and 9th 10th street
              go's fried iceream on st marks place
              whole foods on houston has il lab de gelato