After six years of writing about a sweet a day in New York, it's time for me to say farewell to the Sugar Rush beat. Looking back are the journey, here are ten of the sweets I'll never forget.
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With "elevated" versions of childhood classics everywhere these days, it's no surprise there are plenty of great ice cream sandwiches around. Which ones are really worth your money? We gathered some old friends and our new favorites for the ice cream sandwiches you shouldn't miss.
To say we're gelato freaks at SE HQ is putting it lightly—and we know we're not alone. So where do we go when we want consistently amazing gelato in flavors that sing? Take a look at our favorites.
We have a working theory at Serious Eats that the West Village is the best single neighborhood in New York for ice cream and gelato. Between the phenomenal gelaterie Grom and L'Arte, the crazy goat's milk soft-serve at Victory Garden, and unbelievable ice cream, gelato, and soft-serve on restaurants' dessert menus, the West Village would be our choice for an ice cream crawl that covers barely more than a few blocks—but gets you some of the best frozen treats in the city.
Known for its aggressive community boards as much as for its bevy of iconic New York dining institutions, Manhattan's West Village caters to palates and pocketbooks of every denomination. While its status as a safe haven for creative and alternative lifestyles is on the wane, the neighborhood remains one of the best areas on the island for the nocturnally hungry to snag a midnight snack.
In the Serious Eats Neighborhood Guide series, we've asked SE editors and staff to tell us about where they eat in their own neighborhoods. Here's Sugar Rush columnist Kathy YL Chan sharing her go-tos in the West Village.
Most gelaterias and ice cream shops in town have "flavors of the month." September this year just happens to be a exceptionally great month flavor-wise. But you only have until this Friday to try them all. So get to it!
Summer is here to stay, and while you may be tempted to huddle inside in the air conditioning, it's worth stepping out into the city for one of these frozen treats. Ice cream, gelato, soft-serve; it's hard to say which we like more. So we rounded up our favorite scoops, swirls, and (ice cream) sandwiches in New York City: some old friends, and some new favorites.
Here's the panna cotta, one of their richer and heavier flavors, and perfectly smooth. It's lightly swirled with a somewhat nutty caramel turning the gelato a beautiful pale, off-white shade.
We've got a tartufo with silky hot fudge, my favorite blueberry tart in the city, a tiramisu to die for, and an equally divine chocolate eclair—as well as a soft-serve stuffed eclair in the East Village. There's hot breakfast ensaimadas and a classic on Aquavit's dessert menu. And don't forget the Whoopie Pie! Today, our Top 10 Desserts of 2010.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you may have buttery, flaky holiday pies on the brain. But don't forget about frozen pumpkin sweets, one of the real highlights of the season. We scouted the city for pumpkin goodness in all frozen forms—ice cream, custard, gelato and soft-serve—and here we present you our Top Ten.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Just a few weeks ago, Salvatore and Francesco at L'arte del Gelato added not only a new gelato flavor to their already incredible lineup, but also three affogato creations. They're $5.95 each (the same price...
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] From the pistachio (best in the city!) to the rice gelato studded with bits of rice, it's apparent that L'Arte del Gelato can do no wrong. And there's a relatively recent addition to the family:...
[Photo: Kathy Chan] It's no secret that L'arte del Gelato is hands down, my favorite gelato shop in the city. Serious Eater Robyn can attest to the wonder of their pistachio flavor, and others to the glorious spicy chocolate...
[Photo: Kathy Chan] "This is criminal," my companion murmured as he licked away my cone of pumpkin gelato and apple sorbet. It was positively freezing outside in the West Village, but I watched in amazement as he polished off...
[Photo: Kathy Chan] At L'Arte del Gelato, hands-down my favorite gelato shop in the city, I get gelato in a cone, and in a cup, and on some occasions, on brioche in a sandwich. But this morning, I had...
"Tear. I'm not good enough anymore." The little L'Arte del Gelato counter in Chelsea Market that lives inside the Bowery Kitchen supply store can be hard to spot behind the rows of Ball jars and juicers. But next Thursday,...
Sugar Rush expert Kathy YL Chan hits up the ten best ice cream sandwich purveyors in the city.
Robyn Lee and Kathy Chan dig L'Arte. I prefer Grom, even despite its exorbitant prices. Which do you like more?