ICE CREAMERS! Did you miss me?! Well, it doesn't even matter, cause I missed you. More importantly, I missed ice cream! I was out of town performing in a show at the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in non-nearby New Hampshire. It was beautiful, it was inspiring, it was peaceful. . . but I was away from NYC during PRIME ice creaming time! So. We'll have to start cracking, kids. We're behind schedule!
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is the perfect desserterie (that wasn't a word until this moment) to get back on the proverbial ice cream track (not an actual proverb). Imagine. . . a stunning summer Sunday in the East Village. . . you're joined by two friends, you brunch, and then you wander, and get Greek yogurt at the gourmet Chobani shop in SoHo. . . and then you walk to Tompkins Square Park and listen to some free jazz at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. . . and then you decide you need some ice cream. Sounds entrancing, no? My two friends and I just did not want to go home. NYC does that to you - it lulls you into a sense of escapism. We almost even got drinks after this ice cream. Until I decided I needed to go home and make myself a salad, clearly.
I love this little ice cream shop because they have SUCH a great rags-to-riches "You can make it here, you can make it anywhere" NYC story. Since I already told this story in last summer's blogging, I won't repeat myself, but what's exciting is there are now TWO locations, with one in the West Village! Also, now they've taken their Salty Pimp success and turned into a cupcake. WHAAAAT. I know, guys, I know. But we don't review cupcakes here. So I went and got The Mermaid - vanilla soft serve, key lime curd, graham cracker dusting, whipped cream.
DE-LISH. This is like THE summer treat to have if you're down with the tangy-sweet (which I am, RIP beloved Haagen Daaz Lemon Ice Cream). This comes in a VERY close second to the amazingly tangy-sweet Salty Pimp that everyone's obsessed with. I'm starting a revolution, guys. It's Mermaid all the way!! Go get it. Now.