I have found the ice cream sandwich of my dreams at Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven, 350 Hudson St. 212-414-2462. This photo, courtesy of Flickr, is of Torres' hazelnut ice cream sandwich, but I wanted to give you an idea of what his ice cream sandwiches look like.
It was made with two of his chocolate chip cookies (see review below) and roasted banana ice cream. Roasting the bananas concentrates and intensifies their banananess and makes the resulting ice cream very creamy. Even more remarkably, the cookies themselves were not that soggy, which is always the problem with designer ice cream sandwiches made in advance as these were.
I have tried four other designer ice cream sandwiches in the last week, two from Ciao Bella (lousy cookies, good ice cream) and two from Ruby et Violette, and the Jacques Torres sandwich is definitely winning the designer ice cream sandwich at this point. The Ruby et Violette brownie ice cream sandwich filled with fromage blanc was pretty damn fine and a reasonably close second.
I also bought an ice cream cone from JTCH covered in chocolate with vanilla ice cream and brownie bits inside. Sounds amazing, doesn't it. I'm desperate trying to summons the willpower not to dig into it for a day or two
Updating yesterday's post, I had the chocolate chip cookie at Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven (350 Hudson St., 212-414-2462) yesterday.
It was good, not great, a little too sweet, though it did have as you'd expect a very high chocolate to cookie ratio. What was really cool about the cookie was that they would warm it up on a griddle if you asked for it. It didn't get as warm as I would have liked, but it was a nice touch nonetheless.
New York Mag's take on designer ice cream sandwiches