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

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

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    1. re: babbabooey

      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 -

      1. re: firni

        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!

        1. re: Jess321

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

          1. re: kathryn

            yup.

            1. re: kathryn

              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!

          2. re: firni

            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.

            1. re: uwsister

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

              1. re: kathryn

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

                1. re: uwsister

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

          3. re: babbabooey

            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.

            1. re: daffyduck

              yes daffy I ACTUALLY TRIED IT and loved it.

              1. re: babbabooey

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

                1. re: babbabooey

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

                2. re: daffyduck

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

                3. re: babbabooey

                  +1 on MMB's soft serve stuff.

                4. 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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                  1. re: teresa

                    +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.

                    1. re: teresa

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

                      http://petercherches.blogspot.com

                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        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. spot-vietnamese coffee and ovaltine ice cream

                      1. 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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                        1. re: steakrules85

                          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.

                          1. re: firni

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

                        2. 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. 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.