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

BigBrother Jul 16, 2011 09:26 PM

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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    BigBrother Aug 13, 2012 09:13 AM

    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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      2slices Aug 20, 2012 09:09 AM

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

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      Mike R. Jan 13, 2012 07:02 AM

      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.

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        LuvUms Jan 12, 2012 08:04 PM

        Fabio's Tropical Ices in Sunset PArk Brooklyn

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          Barry Strugatz Jan 13, 2012 06:08 AM

          See my post above. Fabio's is gone.

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          roux42 Dec 1, 2011 04:17 PM

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

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            round2 Aug 9, 2011 08:31 AM

            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. Puppimus Jul 24, 2011 03:21 PM

              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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                BigBrother Aug 2, 2011 09:55 AM

                This looks great!! Thanks!

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                  Barry Strugatz Aug 2, 2011 01:52 PM

                  Their coco is cuckoo!!

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                    Barry Strugatz Oct 28, 2011 11:26 AM

                    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
                  DaveCook Aug 7, 2011 01:10 PM

                  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. DaveCook Jul 17, 2011 05:54 AM

                  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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                    BigBrother Jul 21, 2011 01:29 AM

                    Thanks! Anyone else, any others?

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                      saria Jul 21, 2011 04:12 AM

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

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

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