In late 2007 the tiny storefront opposite ChickaLicious Dessert Bar opened as ChickaLicious Pudding. The menu: three puddings, and nothing more. Reviews were lukewarm, with many preferring the nearby Dessert Truck which provided a better value. The owners, Chika and her husband Don, responded by overhauling the menu, and replacing ChickaLicious Pudding with ChickaLicious Dessert Club. Though puddings remain on the menu, they now share the spotlight with a whimsy of cookies, cupcakes, and sorbets. But their claim to fame, especially after the recent NYT article, is the soft-serve ice cream. Full, rich and wonderfully creamy on the tongue, the vanilla bean studded soft-serve is a warm summer night's dream—if you can overlook the somewhat odd, plastic aftertaste. Perhaps a little tweaking is necessary, but they are headed in the right direction.
Chickalicious Dessert Club
204 E 10th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map)