Bar Breton's ice cream cart made its debut this morning—and I don't know about you, but I was pretty darn excited. We have ice cream carts all over Brooklyn, Tribeca, and Soho, but not one in the lower Midtown area. I stopped in around 2:00 pm this afternoon to find a steady stream of customers. First thing to note is the price—$2 for a small. I can't remember the last time I saw ice cream being sold for $2 a cup in this city.
The small includes two scoops of ice cream, and doesn't limit you to just one flavor. Pastry chef Lindsey, the woman behind the creations, was there out serving ice cream today. Across the board, the texture is smooth, slightly softer than the norm, and oh-so-lovingly rich.
There were six ice cream and two sorbet flavors on the menu today, and one in particular caught my attention: Tarragon! I know of not one place in the city that does tarragon ice cream; as a huge fan of the herb, I knew it would be on my immediate must-have list. I tried a tarragon and hazelnut combination with fresh strawberries and cornflakes. They pair so well together—tarragon with its slight licorice touch and the full bodied nuttiness of hazelnut.
But there was also carrot cake ice cream, and who'd be silly enough to pass up on that? This ice cream flavor isn't actually carrot cake-flavored ice cream, but, rather, cream cheese ice cream with chunks of house-made carrot cake. Don't miss this one, especially paired with whole chunks of candied walnuts.
My only advice? Eat quick! This summer heats melts it way too fast.