Wicked chocolate, banana rum sorbet, and vanilla rum caramel were but a few flavors outfitting the Jacques Torres ice cream cart at the Hudson Street store this week (rotating flavors are also at the DUMBO location). Fresh-made waffle cones and waffles were tempting, but after sampling a few flavors, I stuck with the plain and simple in-a-cup method. At $3 a scoop, this is one of the lowest-priced scoops in town. Gelato runs nearly $5 a cup nowadays, and ice cream standbys such as Sundaes and Cones and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory take you close to the $4 range.
Banana-chocolate was my flavor of choice—heavier on the banana in flavor and lighter on chocolate. The ice cream itself was of fine texture: lush, consistently smooth, and just a note stickier than most ice creams. Delicious though not quite destination ice cream. When I go to Jacques Torres, even during the sweltering summer days, Mudslide cookies and frozen hot chocolate will be on the top of my agenda. Ice cream will simply be a sweet bonus.