I grew up in a household where dessert was not a regular menu item. Once in a while my mother would bake a cake or pie, however, on Sunday we were treated with ice cream as dessert after Sunday dinner which was around one o’clock or two o’clock. Right smack in the best part of the day. I had already devoted the morning to a quick breakfast and going to Mass and now I wanted to spend the afternoon doing something fun with my friends. Well at least we had ice cream!
Last week I was down in the West Village getting my hair cut and afterwards since it was such a glorious Fall-almost-still-summer afternoon I thought I’d wander around a bit and lo and behold I looked across the street and there was the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. And that name rang a bell and I remembered that this summer I read an article about the 10 Best Ice Cream shops in New York City. Well time for the taste test!
I went in and was surprised at how small it was but then again I guess most of the business is take out. I couldn’t remember anything about the article or why this place was noted. Looking around and up at the chalkboards, I searched for a list of flavors – there was none! What kind of place is this. One sign said Vanilla, Chocolate and Flavor of the Day which happened to be Dulce de Leche (not a fan). There were signs for Shakes and some Specialties. I tried to see what the people ahead of me were getting and it looked like it was soft serve ice cream. Mmmm
I just ordered a twist of chocolate and vanilla, really not quite my usual BUT I was unsure about what the specialties actually were. I have NEVER tasted soft serve ice cream that creamy and rich. It was dense, the flavor ran deep, it was delicious!
When I got home I read the article and found out the shop is famous for a concoction known as a Salty Pimp ! Turns out it is a delectable chocolate-dip covered vanilla ice cream cone combined with Dulce de Leche and Sea Salt. I may not be fan of Dulce de Leche ice cream but the thought of it on top of vanilla ice cream and under a chocolate shell…Wellllll
In retrospect it was a mistake not to order the Salty Pimp ONLY because the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is too far away for me to just stop by. However, I will definitely be looking forward to my next haircut!