A La Mode in NYC

Hi all! I recently visited A La Mode during a trip to New York City, and I was delighted to see that despite the sign out front about a birthday party, they were willing to serve me ice cream! They also carry some retail projects and ship their ice cream, which was free of many common allergens.

Ice cream at A La Mode, New York, NY | In Search of a Scoop

Since I couldn’t go inside to try flavors, I had to order three scoops! Here’s what I got. They also threw in a baby bonus scoop on top so that I could try another flavor, without me asking! Cutest presentation ever and I am loving this type of serving cup for ice cream.

Ice cream at A La Mode, New York, NY | In Search of a ScoopIce cream at A La Mode, New York, NY | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I got:

Partly Cloudy – Blue cotton candy ice cream with white chocolate chips. I thought they nailed the flavor pretty perfectly, and the chips are really tasty!

Speed Bump – Their version of rocky road has a deep chocolate base with chocolate and white chocolate chips. Yum!

Vanilla – Classic and tasty. Not the creamiest but I enjoyed it a lot.

Chocolate – Quite tasty, with a classic, deeper richness.

Although this wasn’t the creamiest I’ve had, the flavors were made with great ingredients and the service here was absolutely perfection. Go! Especially if you’ve got a kid.

Also, we met a wonderful couple and their son while we were here. If you’re reading this, thanks for the wonderful conversation and for taking a photo for us!

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Enjoying Ice and Vice

Ice & Vice is a New York City is an experimental ice cream shop, with several locations and pop-ups and a taste for ultra-premium and “edgy” ice cream.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

During a recent visit to New York City I was happy to see a location near me. When we arrived, we mentioned gluten-free and I was shocked when the employee informed me that nothing in the store was gluten-free. Although I knew that was possible, and I always expect cross-contamination, it still shocked me that such a fancy place wouldn’t have any gluten-free options. But he insisted and so we left.

After we got outside, I did some digging online and found their delivery menu through a third party. On that website, flavors were clearly labeled gluten-free or not, just as I had expected.

With my newfound knowledge, we headed inside to order ice cream. They had eighth flavors available in this small and simple (and popular) location.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what we tried:

Tea Dance – Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, salted caramel – This is really great! If you enjoy tea, this is a complicated and not too sweet flavor.

Shade – Smoked dark chocolate, caramelized chocolate ganache – Oh my word. This is wildly delicious. It’s as outrageously awesome as you’d hope.

Basic B – Mexican vanilla, Black Sea salt – This was basic but very tasty. It paired well with Shade and is good for those with pickier palettes.

The prices here are typical for New York. Expect to pay $8-10 if you’d like multiple flavors and want to leave a tip. You can also experiment with adding pie, making it an ice cream sandwich or going for a sampler, kind of pricey at $12.

This ice cream is outrageously creamy. I imagine a dish will run you a ridiculous number of calories and fat grams and such. But if you’re going to treat yourself to ice cream, I can’t really recommend these folks more highly! Just do your research if you’re gluten-free.

Enjoyed this? You might also reading about my visit to High Point Creamery in Denver.

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Return to Van Leeuwens

Three years ago, I had a marvelous visit to New York City, and when I returned there this year I was eager to explore more ice cream hot spots. But I also wanted to return to my favorite from my last visit: Van Leeuwens.

You can find them at several locations across the city. And I highly recommend you do.

My past review can be found here.

This time I made sure to sample their Earl Grey again. I also enjoyed their vegan and gluten-free Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam and their Peanut Butter Marshmallow Crunch. Van Leeuwens, New York, NY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I will keep my review short and sweet. Still a charming place. Still super delicious. Still outrageous vegan flavors. And gluten-free is clearly labeled and plentiful.

Be sure to stop by on your next trip to NYC!

Van Leeuwens, New York, NY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoyed this review? You might also enjoy my past reviews of Morgenstern’s and Oddfellows, also in NYC.

Van Leeuwens Wows in NYC

Our final New York City ice cream stop was a rather last-minute addition to our plans as we had to fit it in before catching Stew’s The Total Bent at the Public Theatre. But before experiencing this amazing show, I thought it was important to get one more amazing ice cream place in. And wow, am I glad I did! Van Leeuwen has a very unassuming exterior. It’s very small, and the bookstore across the street, for instance, is much more prominent. The prices aren’t cheap either, as you can probably make out from the sign. But they have classic stylings, fun specials and carry an outstanding variety of vegan ice creams, generally made from cashew milk. The special while we were there was Red Currant Wedding Cake. With a vegan flavor like that, who would choose the cow’s milk, right? 

Well, we tried a few flavors, for research purposes, and on a quiet Saturday morning we made our selections. We paid  $5.50/small (2 flavors), $7.50/large (3 flavors) and tipped $2 for their patience and awesomeness. 

Earl Grey Tea: Trust me – this is your new coffee ice cream. It’s an outstanding consistency, and an absolutely delightful tea flavor. It’s super-smooth, creamy and flavorful. 

Rhubarb Pavlova: Here’s all the rhubarb flavor you could desire. Amazing fruit and outstanding all around. Perfection in a scoop? 

Red Currant Wedding Cake: I was so tempted to get an entire scoop of this! Probably should have as the chocolate wasn’t my absolute favorite, but so it goes. This ice cream has a coconut-based wedding cake that gives you your fill of ice cream and cake all in one delicious vegan bite! 

Hazelnut Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat: This trio of flavors combines a light chocolate base, a hazelnut swirl ala Nutella and Rice Krispies, which get soft but stay delicious to give you a nice combo of flavors and textures. 

Honeycomb: Wow. This flavor is outrageously good. It’s sweet and creamy, with honey and honeycomb throughout. So, so good! 

Chocolate: My only slight disappointment from this outstanding business. It’s rich but also a tad harder than I like. But it’s still ridiculously smooth and not fudgy. This ice cream features super-high quality chocolate that reminds me of the best Ghirardelli’s. It also combines with other flavors phenomenally well. 

My husband and I fell in love with this ice cream. Be sure to pick up a copy of their recipe book/origin story across the street, especially if you tolerate cashews and want some vegan ice cream options. We couldn’t recommend a visit here more highly! P.s. Thanks for doing your usual Amazon shopping via my affiliate link

Odd Fellows in N.Y.C.

This summer’s quick jaunt to New York City was fabulous. We fit in two shows and three ice cream places! (If you missed it, I reviewed Morgenstern’s last week.) The second stop of our trip was Oddfellows, nestled near Playwrights Horizons and other off and off-off-Broadway theatres. 

We knew from the moment we saw Odd Fellows that they were unique. They’re famous for their ice cream sandwiches, but we were already pretty full from our first ice cream stop! So we settled on sticking to ice cream. 

Lime Tarragon – It’s a sorbet! Ross thought it tasted like Pickety Place, known for using their own herbs in their lunches (and also where we got married, incidentally). I loved this, it’s unreal! The tarragon wakes you up and takes this to the next level. It isn’t watery at all…much more than I expected from sorbet. Almost creamy. 

Green Matcha – Ross tried this but passed. He said it just wasn’t the flavor he expected. 

Olive Oil Strawberry – The strawberry is very real, almost more sorbet-like, and it’s woven with olive oil ice cream which is really complex and has a real aftertaste of olive oil. It wasn’t my favorite but it’s super interesting, rich and creamy. Ross described it as everything he is looking for in an ice cream!

Our single scoops came to $4 each with tax, which seemed reasonable for New York City. They rotate flavors and keep eight in stock.  We were delighted to see ice cream and frozen yogurt trucks throughout our travels. If you have a favorite, let me know! And finally, it’s not ice cream-related, but we saw the amazing show Shuffle Along while we were in town. Phenomenal cast and production team, and an incredible story that brought back memories from my independent study in high school, where I wrote about the depiction of African-Americans in American musical theater. A few photos are below! 


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Morgenstern’s

Morgenstern’s has a wonderful reputation in New York City, so it made complete sense that they were being interviewed the day I was there. My husband and I made Morgenstern’s a destination and we weren’t disappointed. 

It was really hopping the afternoon we were there. A dozen people filled into the small store quickly as we waited, and they probably served forty people total while we were in the store purchasing and eating. 

Prices are significantly more expensive here than in other parts of the country, but for New York it felt reasonable. $6.50 for two scoops, plus tax, so we spent about $14 for two dishes of ice cream. 

The staff here was fantastic and super helpful. They let us try things, advised us and complimented our choices, and they told us to enjoy as they handed us our selections. It was impressive in such an overflowing, busy place. Despite the limited seating it turned over quick so we had a place to perch. 

Before commiting to a flavor I tasted lemon shiso espresso. As promised, you could really taste all three flavors! I loved it. It almost melts in your mouth thanks to the texture. 

Ross went with buttermilk and bourbon vanilla for his selections, and I went with raw milk and sweet potato mello. Here are our thoughts:

Buttermilk – Wow! The buttermilk has an awesome sour punch but a real sweet cream to it as well. A winner! It’s tangy.

Bourbon vanilla – Outstanding. This has a 40% booze content apparently. It’s delicious bourbon and the vanilla bean is the epitome of what vanilla can be. Due to the higher alcohol content, they struggled a bit with the texture which Ross wasn’t fond of – it’s a more slushy ice cream. But I loved the flavor immensely and seemed to overlook that. 

Raw milk – This is simple, sweet and creamy – but not too sweet. It’s so good! If you like plain flavors like vanilla, enjoy it as is, but it’s an excellent flavor to pair with something else. 

Sweet potato mello –  It’s like the innards of sweet potato pie. And it’s sweeter than you’d think. So, so good!!!

There are a lot of amazing ice cream places in New York City but I highly recommend a stop here! If you’re used to super sweet ice cream and giant portions, this place might change your expectations for the future. 

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