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Fun Things That Happened in Ice Cream This Week

Happy Saturday! We’re one week out from National Ice Cream Month, but my ice cream Google Alerts haven’t stopped buzzing, not even a little bit. Here are just a few fun things that happened this week:

OddFellows supplied boozy ice cream at Bon Appetit’s Thirsty Thursday, definitively proving that being a magazine editor in New York City is as glamorous as movies/TV make it seem. A braggy Bon Appetit employee Instagram’d the goods, which included “Frosé,” a float made from rosé sorbet and rosé, and White Russian, vodka milk sorbet topped with Kahlua crispies.

 

Food Baby NY aka Matthew Chau fully leveraged his Instagram celebrity status by celebrating his second birthday at Mikey Likes It. Fans showed up to coo over Chau and “Sesame Street,” the special flavor created for the occasion. Sesame Street was black sesame ice cream (a rather grown-up flavor—perfect for the adults behind Food Baby NY, i.e. Chau’s parents) with birthday cake and dulce de leche.

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August 6 was National Root Beer Float Day, and ice cream shops wielded the obligatory hashtag, #NationalRootBeerFloatDay. Premium ice cream must float in premium root beer—Ample Hills used Sprecher, Blue Marble used Virgil’s. MilkMade went the distance and made an available-this-weekend-only root beer flavored ice cream. Made-up food holidays aside, floats and affogatos are really trending in this summer.

 

The Williamsburg location of Davey’s opened on Friday, and promotions included free ice cream, an exclusive flavor, and—this escalated quickly—a chance to win an ice cream tattoo.  It’s located in the old Williamsburg Creamery space, on Bedford Avenue between N. 6th and N. 7th streets. This is the second Davey’s location; the original shop is in the East Village.

 

And… I tried vegan ice cream at Blythe Ann’s, the East Village shop formerly known as Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, and I didn’t hate it.

Have a great weekend and eat some ice cream!

Ice Cream Radar Shows Ice Cream Near You

It came to my attention a few days ago that the WNYC Data News Team has beaten me to the punch when it comes to New York City maps populated with ice cream shop locations. It’s called Ice Cream Radar.

Type in your intersection or address, and it’ll spit out a map marked with nearby ice cream shops. For ice cream purists who wish only to patronize local establishments (aka picky yuppies such as myself), you can filter out chains and fro-yo. The data comes from the foursquare and Yelp APIs and New York City restaurant inspection records. That’s cool and all, but the data contains some questionable results.

For example, putting in my intersection (please don’t stalk me) shows three nearby shops. Neither the red cone nor the purple cone are actually ice cream shops. The green cone is a Baskin-Robbins, so that’s accurate. But for some reason, the Baskin-Robbins on 145th Street and Broadway didn’t show up, possibly because it’s also a Dunkin’ Donuts.

At least four results in my vicinity? It's a sad lie. Harlem is actually an ice cream desert.
Here is a map of lies. Harlem is actually an ice cream desert.

 

Regardless of the false positives, props to WNYC for making this delightful widget. It has shown me that 1) there is demand for tools that display data about ice cream and 2) the data needs to be refined and curated. Therefore, I declare that this Ice Cream Radar has not rendered my ice cream directory project redundant. There is great value and utility in content curation and deep storytelling. And that’s what I plan to offer with my version of an ice cream radar.

Uber’s Most Effective Charm Offensive, #UberIceCream, Is Happening Friday 7/24

Another summer, another #UberIceCream promotion. Today, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Uber users all over the world will be able to order local ice cream through the UberEATS feature of the app. It’s a great day to be a New Yorker, because “local” ice cream for us means Ample Hills!

Push Button Tap Phone, Receive Bacon Ice Cream. (Next year I promise to try harder in Photoshop.)

 

Ample Hills is offering the “Black & Walt,” an ice cream sandwich comprised of a “baked cookie, vanilla malted ice cream slicked with malted fudge, and … rice krispies crunch” for $10. Melt Bakery is offering “The Classic” ice cream sandwich (chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream) at 2 for $10. Sprinkles is offering a cupcake sandwich Neapolitan—strawberry ice cream between a vanilla cupcake top and a chocolate cupcake top, 2 for $13.

Ample Hills' Black & Walt, Sprinkles' Cupcake Sandwich Neapolitan, Melt Bakery's The Classic. (via Uber)
Ample Hills’ Black & Walt, Sprinkles’ Cupcake Sandwich Neapolitan, Melt Bakery’s The Classic. (via Uber)

 

Delivery for any of the options is free. If you’re paying with a Capital One card, the ice cream is free too (up to $25 worth)! The promo code is: SWEETDEAL.

Sadly, the New York delivery area is only between 59th Street and 14th Street, so no Black & Walts will be showing up in front of my Harlem doorstep. I can only hope to live vicariously through those of you who are working in Midtown or Chelsea.

P.S. Hold on to your butts: the #UberIceCream promotion has created a shortage of Black & Walts.