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Jul 16, 2011 09:26 PM

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

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: BigBrother

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

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

    1. 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: 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

        1. 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

        2. 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.