Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rate-A-Restaurant #295: Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big gay ice cream shop

Restaurant: Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Location: 125 East 7th Street (between 1st Avenue & Avenue A) (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Type of restaurant: ice cream

Big gay ice cream shop

We stipulated: I was hungry for some ice cream and stopped by Momofuku Milk Bar to sample a flavor -- but besides the usual cereal milk flavor, there was an unappetizing nut-flavored one. So I decided to try my chances elsewhere. I Googled "ice cream lower east side" and the Big Gay Ice Cream store came up. I had heard of it before and the reviews promised amazing flavors. I was ready to try it out.

Big gay ice cream shop

They stipulated: "Big Gay Ice Cream began as the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, a summer experiment by founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff that began rolling the streets of New York City in June 2009. Described by The Village Voice as 'a cross between Mister Softee and Mario Batali' the menu combines traditional soft-serve ice cream with imaginative toppings such as wasabi pea dust, Nilla Wafers, Dulce de Leche, olive oil and sea salt, and other rotating offerings. These are dispensed the way ice cream should be — with humor and good cheer. With this playful attitude, BGIC spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique toppings that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele."

Big gay ice cream shop

What we ordered: "The Salty Bea Arthur": Vanilla ice cream infused with dulce de leche; covered in crushed 'nilla wafers and salt. ($5.95)

High point:  I would have ordered the "Salty Pimp" but didn't want the chocolate coating. Adding salt to the "Bea Arthur" was perfect.

Low point: Not as much ice cream variety as I was expecting.

Big gay ice cream shop

Overall impression: I'm still thinking about that cone. The right amount of dulce de leche-- not too much, not too little -- and the finely crushed 'nilla wafers was an amazing touch. Add in some salt, and it was the best ice cream cone I've had in recent memory.

Chance we'll go back: Yes, please.

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