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Jun 21, 2007 08:43 AM

Yogurtberry - more new stuff in Jackson Heights

I can't help liking Pinkberry - I don't care what it's made of. This is a copy, for sure. I saw the sign up today on 37th Ave between 80-81st.

So many new things happening in the neighborhood right now...

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  1. Thanks for posting about it -- sounds like it could be a fun new addition to the neighborhood. And I bet the lines for it will be quite a bit shorter than the Pinkberry line in Chelsea.

    1. I lilke frozen yogurt, but this craze is going to flame itself out too quickly, its just too much.

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      1. re: jason carey

        I think it'll be like the Tasti Delight craze. It was all the talk and then it wasn't but people still like their Tasti D and keep on lining up for their evening cup.

        1. re: jennsch

          But at least the Pinkberry stuff, and even better the Oko stuff in Park Slope, tastes like something and has some substance. I had a really delicious, if expensive, frozen yogurt with very fresh raspberries at Oko a couple of days ago. Its much closer to the frozen yogurt I remember from years ago, and not too dissimilar to frozen custard. The only real drawback is the admittedly outrageous price (but then have you looked at prices for good ice cream in NYC recently?).

          TD always tasted to me like bad fake Mr. Softee, which itself is bad fake frozen custard. It really had almost no taste at all except for a sort of artificial sweetness, and their add-ons were strictly commercial grade crap. Oh, and that foamy texture!! Ick. I was amazed there was any fad for them at all, and I'm constantly amazed that a lot of people still go there.

          Looking forward to trying some frozen yogurt much closer to home. Let's see how they do.

          1. re: Woodside Al

            I think that you are right. good frozen y is great. but also as you say the prices are for the rich only.

            1. re: jason carey

              Wow, that is an interesting addition to the neighborhood.

              What else is happening in the JH, well besides starbucks?

              Does anyone know of a Jackson Heights food blog or Queens food blog that we can track all of these new developing JH news?

              1. re: Dijon9955

                "Does anyone know of a Jackson Heights food blog or Queens food blog that we can track all of these new developing JH news?"

                Yes. You're soaking in it.

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  Jim, I remember reading a post recently about breaking down the Outer Boroughs board and perhaps creating individual boards for particular neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, etc. I think that's a great idea.

                  1. re: sandrina

                    We'd never go quite that fine, for a lot of reasons (all of which would be off-topic for discussion on this board, which is, of course, solely for discussing food).

                    Anyway, as-is, we boast more insider savvy JH chow talk than any other resource I know. And that's because we get cross-pollination from interested parties from outside the nabe who'd never take time to stop by a JH blog...


                2. re: Dijon9955

                  It's not exactly a food blog, but I read for jackson heights news, and s/he often tells of new restaurant openings.

                  1. re: Dijon9955

                    You should check out the jhfamilies list serve on yahoo. Although there are a lot of family oriented posts, there are also a lot of neighborhood food posts. A spirited discussion about the pros/cons of Freshdirect and Starbucks took place a while back.

                    1. re: SarahC

                      Man, you guys -are- turning into Park Slope...coffeehouses, family message boards--be careful, or you'll lose all your wonderful international eateries!

                  2. re: jason carey

                    I usually go to bloomingdales and get the plain. It's really good and it's just around $4 for a small, which is really huge unlike the other places. And if the N/W->7 transfer is fast, I can be back in Sunnyside in 9 minutes.

                    1. re: catherine

                      I love the Bloomingdales frozen plain yogurt too. It's from a company called Frogurt. I usually eat it on the way home, but I've managed to get back to Jackson Heights with it still frozen. They also have a card that gets punched with every purchase, after you buy 7, the eigth is free.

            2. I was very excited to see Yogurberry - a type of business aimed at the mainstream consumer - appearing in Jackson Heights! Now I'm concerned that if they don't get a move on with the construction, they won't survive the winter.

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              1. re: hortusinurbe

                I thought the same thing....they really need a month of hot weather business!

                1. re: orzabelle

                  My husband and I really could have used a place like this the past 2 evenings, with the humid weather and all. We were thinking of trying some ice cream from Lety's, but then I didn't want to go in there and be faced with so many guilty pleasures.

                  Question: is the stuff from Yogurberry a healthy alternative, or is it loaded with HFCS and calories? Anyone know?

                  1. re: sandrina

                    Check out their nutrition webpage:


                    Sounds pretty healthful to me. And if a new store's opening on a very fashionable part of Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, that definitely augurs well for Jackson Heights!

                    1. re: hortusinurbe

                      Thanks for the link. I now look forward to the Yoguberry more than before!

                      1. re: spanishfish

                        Yes in the back, it's a subdivision of Ciao Bella's called Gotham Dairy. They have 5 or 6 flavors including one sorbet. The only problem is that the containers have no covers on them in the freezer which leaves that freezer burn taste...

                          1. re: spanishfish

                            Passed by today, the sign is still above the store and there seems to be some work going on inside.

                              1. re: sandrina

                                And I just took a look at the Yogurberry site and it looks like the store will have wireless so...that'll be nice (if they ever open).

                                1. re: jennsch

                                  The Grub Street story claims Yogurberry to be "The Poor Man's Pinkberry". My question is, on what basis? The prices listed on their menus are not too far removed from each other.

                  2. I walked by Yogurberry yesterday and the door was open (though gate was down) and the yogurt machines and other stainless steel items were actually in there. For that place, that's huge progress. At this rate, I'll guess that they'll open just in time for Thanksgiving.

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                    1. re: jennsch

                      They are going to miss out on all the warm weather business. They installed a new door today.

                      1. re: ernie0716

                        yesterday's walk by revealed an all-lit-up cute place with pink walls, screen with yogurtberry videos playing, and the set-up, counters and everything, all set up -- looks like it's just about here. It's a nice bright little addition to that block.

                    2. i walked in today and the woman at the counter said they'll be open tomorrow, 9/27!