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May 16, 2008 01:25 PM

Soft-serve green tea ice cream

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

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    1. re: doona

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

      1. re: Ora

        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!

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          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.

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: poutinelover

            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!

            1. re: uwsgrazer

              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!

              1. re: uwsgrazer

                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.

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

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              1. re: sugartoof

                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?

                1. re: uwsgrazer

                  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.