Quick trip to NYC from LA next week

I went to Big Gay Ice Cream quite some time ago and found the ice cream uninteresting, with the chief selling point being the toppings. It wasn’t worth waiting on line for. More recently, people on Chowhound have said the quality of the ice cream there has deteriorated and the place is no better than mediocre.

If you want great ice cream in that neighborhood, you can either go to the very interesting Odd Fellows on 4th St. between 2nd and Bowery, which is an outpost of their Williamsburg location and has a limited but always interesting selection, or if you like gelato, go to Il Laboratorio di Gelato on the corner of Houston and Ludlow, right across the street from Katz’s. Il Laboratorio has something like 256 flavors, with a few dozen on offer each day.


I like soft serve

Anyone do it better?

Blythe Ann’s.

Even though it’s vegan. The best soft-serve.

So that’s a no?

I jest. Will check it out. A la dole whip?

No, not at all.

If you weren’t told it was dairy-free, you wouldn’t know it.

I have come to the conclusion that soft-serve is almost better without the addition of dairy or eggs.

Cool need to check it out.

U ever hit any of those Indian spots near there

Only one that I’ve been to is Punjabi (down the street on Avenue A), where they make what I like to think of as the “Frito Pie” version of samosa chaat.

Good, cheap, homey grub. Microwaved to order. Open 24 hours.

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Odd Fellows is soft-serve, I believe. It is certainly not gelato.

The place is actually called Punjab. It’s perfectly OK and a good value, a bit salty, and sometimes, the microwave doesn’t heat everything through and through. I usually go there late on nights when I’ve been drinking south of Houston, feel a little tipsy and have the munchies.

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