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Soft-serve green tea ice cream

uwsgrazer May 16, 2008 01:25 PM

I enjoyed this in Kyoto a couple of summers ago, and have been longing for it ever since. Any idea where I can find some now that the warm weather should be arriving soon? I thought I once saw it but it turned out to be some ghastly vanilla soft-serve with green coloring swirled in. Blech!

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  1. doona RE: uwsgrazer May 16, 2008 01:49 PM

    Pink Berry and Red Mango...
    Many locations - most of which seem to be right across the street from one another.

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      Ora RE: doona May 16, 2008 02:04 PM

      Pinkberry serves green tea yogurt, not ice cream, and its just OK.

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        uwsgrazer RE: Ora May 16, 2008 08:31 PM

        From what I saw on the Red Mango website they also appear to serve yogurt, rather than ice cream. No immediate plans to be in the East Village area but I will try to stop by BAMN! the next time I'm in the neighborhood.

        In the meantime, if any others know of where to find soft-serve green tea ice cream I would be grateful!

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          lanadai RE: uwsgrazer May 16, 2008 08:40 PM

          I think they have it cafe zaiya on 41st street, I know they have soft serve black sesame there. Also, not in Manhattan but at teh NJ Mitsuwa, there's soft serve at the Itoen stand.

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      kobetobiko RE: uwsgrazer May 16, 2008 02:57 PM

      BAMN! on St. Mark's has it, but I have never ordered.

      1. jolivore RE: uwsgrazer May 16, 2008 08:48 PM

        All 3 are yogurt. Pinkberry and Red Mango aren't at all the same. Pinkberry's loaded with chemicals your mother never saw, worse than Starbucks ice cream ingredients, while RM claims to be pure. BAMN's site doesn't divulge.

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          poutinelover RE: uwsgrazer May 17, 2008 10:57 AM

          As the others mentioned, Pinkberry and Red Mango's green tea is frozen yogurt. Red Mango's green tea is good if you like frozen yogurt b/c it has the slight tanginess and sourness from the yogurt. I actually prefer the original to the green tea. Never tried Pinkberry's green tea b/c I don't care for the texture of their yogurt. Red Mango's yogurt is thicker and more resembles soft serve ice cream. Lastly, Bamn's soft serve is ice cream and really good!

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            uwsgrazer RE: poutinelover May 18, 2008 08:52 PM

            Thanks, everyone.

            Based on the Red Mango website they only seem to offer two flavors, original and green tea. Is original like plain yogurt but maybe with a little sugar or honey to sweeten it up a bit? I had what I thought was essentially unflavored yogurt years ago and it was delish! I would love to try some again.

            Does BAMN! offer other flavors besides green tea? Just curious, now that poutinelover says it's really good soft-serve ice cream!

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              poutinelover RE: uwsgrazer May 18, 2008 10:09 PM

              Red Mango's original tastes like real yogurt but a bit sweeter. I love it and find myself craving it constantly! If I remember correctly, Bamn also has vanilla soft serve. It would be great if they had something more interesting like lychee or mango!

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                Lucia RE: uwsgrazer May 19, 2008 11:09 AM

                I tried Red Mango yesterday, reluctantly b/c I'm not a fan of Pinkberry (too icy) and thought I was just not on board w/the new frozen yogurt craze. I was surprised to find I really liked it--it had a nice, creamy texture, and the taste was like plain yogurt but slightly less tart.

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              sugartoof RE: uwsgrazer May 18, 2008 11:07 PM

              Your options would improve if it didn't have to be softserve.

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                uwsgrazer RE: sugartoof May 19, 2008 05:17 AM

                Hi sugartoof! I feel as if my green tea scoop ice cream craving is already satisfied by Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. That said, I'm open to other possibilities. Do you have another place in mind?

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                  sugartoof RE: uwsgrazer May 19, 2008 08:17 AM

                  Well, Chinatown Factory is pretty darn good especially if you like a creamy Green Tea (at least that's how I remember it, it's been a while). ....but one tip I can offer is that Dagostinos sells a Green Tea under their own brand which is of the more Green icey variety closer to what you might get at a Japanese restaurant.

                  Also if you're in BK, Blue Marble on Atlantic Ave. has green tea flavor ice creams, with top notch ingredients using organic dairy.

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                ESNY RE: uwsgrazer May 19, 2008 12:13 PM

                I've seen signs for soft serve green tea (and black sesame) ice cream at Cafe Zaiya on 41st btwn Mad and 5th but I haven't tried it, so I can't tell you if its any good. They have a soft serve machine at the Beard Papa counter.

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                  sugartoof RE: ESNY May 19, 2008 01:00 PM

                  Bear Papa also makes Green Tea cream puffs.

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                    uwsgrazer RE: ESNY May 20, 2008 11:39 AM

                    Funny you mention that. I have houseguests staying with me. They picked up some Beard Papa creampuffs for me last night so naturally I had to ask the obvious question. One of them said she thought the soft-serve machine had green tea ice cream! East 41st Street isn't so far for me so hopefully I will make it one day. Her son also loves Chiyoda for sushi. Apparently, it reminds him of places from when he lived in Japan recently. I definitely have to make a visit to both places soon.

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                      lanadai RE: uwsgrazer May 20, 2008 12:41 PM

                      I walked past Cafe Zaiya on 41st yesterday and they definitely have green tea soft serve as well as black sesame, I think for $3.50. My friend loves the black sesame soft serve. I like their green tea pudding.

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                        uwsgrazer RE: lanadai May 20, 2008 07:29 PM

                        YUM! I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream!!!

                        lanadai, have you ever tried the black sesame ice cream? I'm curious but it really doesn't sound so appealing

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