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mlzeid Mar 3, 2010 05:11 AM

Is there a good home made ice cream place in the east village?

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    babbabooey RE: mlzeid Mar 3, 2010 05:16 AM

    There's always momofuko milk bar.. red velvet and cream cheese frosting soft serve ...Yum

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      firni RE: babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 05:38 AM

      I second Momofuku. A few other places: (I think all of the following make it in-house)

      Sundaes & Cones - various Asian flavors
      Australian Homemade (I haven't been there recently, so I can't vouch for the quality)
      Chikalicious also has soft serve and makes some interesting sundae-type desserts.

      Vegan (but so good that I would rate them as on-par with dairy ice cream):
      Stogo
      Lula's Sweets Apothecary -

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        Jess321 RE: firni Mar 3, 2010 07:30 AM

        I've never seen the red velvet flavor at Milk Bar...I've seen the pb & j, cereal milk, and some others, but all just taste plain WEIRD to me. Maybe its what they're using for sweetener? Or maybe I just like more traditional flavors...either way, if you're in the East Village you HAVE to go to Lula's Apothecary!!!! Even if you aren't vegan, I'm not vegan by any means and it's my favorite ice cream in the city. The people who work there are super nice too and will let you try every single flavor (they encourage sampling, and they use real spoons to sample with-eco friendly!). The cake batter soft serve and the chocolate peanut brittle ice cream are my two favorites, but nothing there is bad. I'd advise against Stogo-the people who work there are downright surly and give you the evil eye if you so much as ask for a sample. Plus, their ice cream isn't even a fraction as good as Lula's. Lula's isn't just made with soy, either, they have cashew bases and coconut bases, and they're fantastic. I really can't say enough good things about that place!

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          kathryn RE: Jess321 Mar 3, 2010 07:46 AM

          Milk Bar rotates flavors on a monthly basis. They added the red velvet about two weeks ago.

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            babbabooey RE: kathryn Mar 3, 2010 07:49 AM

            yup.

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              Jess321 RE: kathryn Mar 3, 2010 08:07 AM

              Awesome. I am a sucker for all things red velvet...I suppose I could stroll over there early enough one day this week to snag a day-old compost cookie and try a sample!

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            uwsister RE: firni Mar 4, 2010 04:46 PM

            I'm pretty sure Australian Homemade is closed.

            I'm a fan of Momofuku Milk Bar in general, but their soft serve is seriously hit or miss. I would definitely sample a flavor before getting a full portion. Something may SOUND good but taste totally weird. I really think they should allow more than one sample per person.

            Sundaes and Cones is pretty good. Looking forward to try Spot and Lula's.

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              kathryn RE: uwsister Mar 4, 2010 06:55 PM

              The Australian Homemade on St Marks between 1st and Avenue A is gone now, but the one between Broadway and University is still there.

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                uwsister RE: kathryn Mar 4, 2010 07:37 PM

                I see. I tried the one on St. Marks once and thought their ice cream was pretty average.

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                  kathryn RE: uwsister Mar 5, 2010 08:49 AM

                  I thought the ice creams I tried were blah but the sorbets were good.

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            daffyduck RE: babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 07:12 AM

            did u actually try the red velvet and cream cheese frosting soft serves? or are you just saying yum because they sound good? i've had bad experiences with momofuku milk bar and these flavors sound good to me but i dont want to go there and be disappointed again.

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              babbabooey RE: daffyduck Mar 3, 2010 07:32 AM

              yes daffy I ACTUALLY TRIED IT and loved it.

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                daffyduck RE: babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 09:08 AM

                ok thanks. im actually going to try it out later today

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                  daffyduck RE: babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 08:57 PM

                  i liked the red velvet, but the carrot cake and cream cheese frosting...not so much

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                  windycity RE: daffyduck Mar 5, 2010 10:01 PM

                  That's all she wrote. :) Been burned enough times it's not worth me waiting in line for a free taste.

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                  RCC RE: babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 07:41 AM

                  +1 on MMB's soft serve stuff.

                4. teresa RE: mlzeid Mar 3, 2010 05:48 AM

                  I also enjoy Sundaes & Cones. The last time I went they had guava flavor and it was really good. I actually enjoy it more than Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Their flavors are more "real". :)

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                    janethepain RE: teresa Mar 3, 2010 08:06 AM

                    +1 for Sundaes and Cones.

                    Momofuku MIlk Bar is hit or miss re: soft serve for me. But I looove red velvet, must go check that out

                    Stogo isn't too bad - it tastes like soy ice cream, but I enjoyed their red velvet flavor enough.

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                      Peter Cherches RE: teresa Mar 3, 2010 04:11 PM

                      I find the opposite to be true. I was not impressed by S&C. I gave it two tries.

                      http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                        daffyduck RE: Peter Cherches Mar 4, 2010 07:39 AM

                        only tried them once and really liked what i had, the flavors i had were tiramisu and maple walnut. u can tip them and sample everything lol (which i did).
                        i guess if u still dont like any of the flavors then u can just say that and not get anything.

                    2. daffyduck RE: mlzeid Mar 3, 2010 07:11 AM

                      spot-vietnamese coffee and ovaltine ice cream

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                        steakrules85 RE: mlzeid Mar 3, 2010 08:13 AM

                        Lula's is supposed to be great and I can't wait to try it but have not yet.

                        MMB is hit or miss. Sometimes its not bad but sometimes it isn't good at all. Overall, nothing special.

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                          firni RE: steakrules85 Mar 3, 2010 10:16 AM

                          I went to Spot, and I was looking forward to it, but I have to say that I found the ice cream really disappointing - it was rock hard, with very little taste to it. The mouthfeel was overly fatty (if that's possible with ice cream) without actually being creamy. I tried the Ovaltine and condensed milk, so maybe it's just those flavors that aren't so great.

                          MMB can produce some inedible flavors. It's more of a concept place, especially in the past few months they seem to put one flavor on the rotation that's just for kicks (salt and pepper? stuffing?). I think many people also find it too salty. But when they get it right, it's good.

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                            daffyduck RE: firni Mar 3, 2010 08:56 PM

                            sorry to hear, im a big fan of the condensed milk with chocolate pearls

                        2. iFat RE: mlzeid Mar 4, 2010 07:28 PM

                          if you're incredibly bad-ass and serious about your ice cream, look into getting a Milkmade Ice Cream (based in the EV) subscription and they'll deliver to your door. Stuff looks pretty amazing. see video here: http://foodcurated.com/2009/12/milkma...

                          www.immaculateinfatuation.com

                          1. daffyduck RE: mlzeid Mar 5, 2010 05:42 AM

                            no one mentioned chickalicious. their vanilla bean soft serve is delicious. im a fan of unique ice cream flavors but i think vanilla will always be king of of all ice cream flavors to me.

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