Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory has been on The List since the very first year I started blogging about ice cream, and it was already an old favorite by then. I lived in Cobble Hill between 2004 and 2007, back before Brooklyn Bridge Park became a brand, and the then-boyf and I would take walks down along the promenade in the summer and eye-roll at the Grimaldi's line. Nowadays it seems to invoke its own routine: for the past four years I've been lucky enough to tour with this great group from Watertown, SD. They do a class trip every year at the end of May/ beginning of June (always, it seems, at the very beginning of ice cream season), and one of the first things they like to do on their first night in NYC is hire a double-decker bus out to take the whole group of 150+ on a night tour that covers Chinatown and then crosses the Manhattan bridge over into Brooklyn to admire the skyline at sunset.
The ice cream treat is just the cherry on top.
I was already deciding in my head which flavor I'd get (maybe coffee this year?) when - lo and behold! - this sidewalk sign stopped me in my tracks.
I'm sorry - does that say Raspberry Chocolate Chunk?!? And Blueberry!?! For YEARS, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory has stood firmly by their classic, non-rotating flavors: Vanilla. Chocolate. Strawberry. Chocolate Chip. Coffee, Peach, and Butter Pecan were their only "different" flavors. (In case you are curious, I have tried all of the above, with my favorite still being a strong Strawberry.) If you go to their site, it doesn't even list these flavors.
I did a cursory search and no one seems to be talking about this on the internet!! What! IS THE INTERNET BROKEN?! Their own Facebook page only shares news about who's playing live music at their newly curated "Buzz Bar" on the landing. Was it a fluke? A fever dream? Cause it was FANTASTIC.
No clue how long this "experiment" will last, but, ya know, I'd go now anyway. Cause it's worth going every year. :)