I'll be honest. . . this was NOT on the Official Ice Creaming Ice Cream list. First of all - it's a milkshake. And it is decidedly not "to go." But I couldn't resist. This isn't any ordinary milkshake. This one's made to taste like pie.
The Bowery Diner is a new addition to the Bowery block; it sits next to the New Museum and adds grown-up tastes to the standard NYC Greek diner - brunch, for instance, offers Duck Confit Hash with your two sunny-side-up eggs. I went there with a friend for brunch a few weeks ago, and like any good brunch spot in New York, it also offers mimosas and $3.50 PBRs. But also, way down on the bottom of said drink list it milkshakes. . . with alcohol. That taste like pie.
Among the options include Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse Cake Shake with Makers Mark, and New York Cheesecake Shake with Cointreau - all deliciously enticing, but I looked no further once I read: Lemon Meringue Pie Shake with Limoncello. Have I ever told you how I'm obsessed with this? You see, when I was a kid, every summer when we had guests over, my mom would make frozen lemon bars: graham cracker crust with layers of vanilla ice cream laced with lemon curd. OMG it's amazing. Forget orange creamsicles - lemon and vanilla is where it's at!
So, I was smitten. The milkshake itself is REALLY filling, and it does manage to taste exactly like pie. But my $3.25 shot of limoncello was missed, making me realize that the shake doesn't need any alcohol to shine. In the end it's a little too intense for a treat (imagine the pb and chocolate mousse one, oy!), so I don't think it'll make The List, but you should definitely go and enjoy if you can!