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Looking for sour sop, tamarind ice creams (tropical ice cream place?)

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Hey all. A good friend of mine who grew up in Puerto Rico introduced me to a local place there called King's Cream (in Ponce) that makes amazing tropical fruit ice creams- passion fruit, coconut, and, most notably, sour sop (guanabana) and tamarind.

He and I are trying to find something similar in NY. I figured with all the immigrant enclaves from tropical climes, maybe there's something similar around here.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Taste the Tropics is the first place that comes to mind. I think it's Jamaican-owned, judging by flavors that include Irish moss, Guinness stout, and "greatnut" (their spelling). They do carry soursop, too.

    Taste the Tropics
    1839 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

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    1. re: DaveCook

      Thanks! Anyone else, any others?

      1. re: BigBrother

        Little Guyana bakeshop sells all sorts of tropical ice cream flavors.

        Little Guyana Bake Shop
        124-13 Liberty Ave, Queens, NY 11419

    2. I believe what you're looking for is Fabio's Tropical Ices in Sunset Park, Brooklyn! This place is great and it has all the flavors you mention and many more, probably around 30 total. It's on 4th Ave. and 50th St. I got a strawberry coconut batida there a few hours ago :)

      PS: The sign says "Helado de Coco."

      Fabio's Tropical Ices
      4918 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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      1. re: Puppimus

        This looks great!! Thanks!

        1. re: BigBrother

          Their coco is cuckoo!!

          1. re: Barry Strugatz

            BAD NEWS! Fabio's is closed. I went there yesterday and Fabio was tearing the place apart. He's moving down to Florida after 40+ years in Brooklyn. He says the only places you can get his type of helado are in two towns in Puerto Rico.

            Fabio's Tropical Ices
            4918 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        2. re: Puppimus

          The flavors at Fabio's Helado de Coco & Tropical Ices are very true to their origins; I had the guineo and the habichuelas con dulce, and sampled the coco. Though most of this Dominican shop's offerings are labeled "helado" (literally, ice cream), the texture is closer to a cream ice, or to a nieve. At Taste the Tropics the texture is much creamier, or heavier, depending on how you want to spin it; the flavors, as I suggested earlier, lean more Jamaica way. Try them both, I say.

          Taste the Tropics
          1839 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

        3. I enjoyed a sour sop milkshake at Pho Bac in Elmhurst, last summer I believe. If I'm not mistaken, they've got a stall at the New World Mall Food Court in Flushing too (am I confusing it with Pho Bang?). A friend got a delicious durian milkshake that we shared there last week.

          You did say you were looking for ice cream, so these tips may not be helpful...

          Pho Bang
          4107 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

          Pho Bac
          82-78 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          New World Mall
          40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

          1. The soon to be departing Christi's on Flatbush Ave near Plaza.

            1. Fabio's Tropical Ices in Sunset PArk Brooklyn

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              1. re: LuvUms

                See my post above. Fabio's is gone.

              2. Your mention of King's Cream was truly fantastic, as was their ice cream!
                Between cafe con leche and tembleque in the colorful hilltown Yauco and an early pig-roast dinner at Bruny's Lechonera in Guavate, we stopped for a walk through historic Ponce for "dessert first"! The flavors, every single one, memorable. The creations, hand-made and churned right up front, notable.

                1. Ok, bumping to see if any others. I'm finally organizing the trip to try these, so want as many good recs as possible! Thanks!

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                  1. re: BigBrother

                    Sky Ice in park slope has durian ice cream, I imagine the other flavors would be interesting. I plan on going soon.