I like ice cream. I like cookies. Ice cream and cookies all at once… euphoria! What’s not to like about the old time favorite ice cream sandwich? I remember being very excited as a kid when I would hear that familiar high-pitched tune, signaling the one, the only, ice cream man! Approaching that ice cream truck, with all the different sugary choices colorfully plastered around the service window, I would very often choose the good ole’ chipwich. A prepackaged vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two frozen chocolate chip cookies, it was all a kid could hope for. Ah, youthful days… But little did I know!
When I walked up to the Coolhaus food truck for the first time, I expected a decent, good, tasty ice cream sandwich. That isn’t what I got… not even close. It was SO much more than that. I have never had an ice cream sandwich this good. It was stupid good. So good I now literally compare all other ice cream sandwiches to the pedestal I have erected for my ice cream sandwich love: Coolhaus!
I just stumbled upon this and wanted to share with all of you. It is A Guide To Dining and Drinking 2.0: NYC Edition, put out by the people of Food Network Magazine. I’ve been to some of these places, but not even close to all. Not to say that this is the definitive “where to go” for the best of NYC eating, but it’s a start for checking out some new places you might not have previously heard about. Check it out by clicking the link below to download the .pdf:
Every time I walk past Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack in the city, whether it be Madison Square Park, Upper West or East side, or in the Theater District, the line is always ridiculously long. I have a couple of friends that are Shake Shack addicts, so it’s been on my list of places to try. However, I never can find it in me to wait that long for glorified fast food. Well, recently I was in the city with Asheley and two friends to check out April Bloomfield’s hip gastropub, The Spotted Pig. We were taking a pre-dinner stroll around the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park when my friend casually commented that the Shake Shack line in the park looked pretty small. It was only about 2 hours until we planned on eating dinner, so a full meal wasn’t an option. However, being called Shake Shack and all, I figured I could at least take advantage of the short line to try a shake. I mean, that’s what a place with shake in the title would be known for, right? Wrong…
We all have that “go to” meal… that one thing that we eat time and time again when we can’t think of what else to cook or we don’t have any energy to devote to trying a new recipe or idea. It’s normally that tried and true dish that we can prepare with one eye open and one hand tied behind our back. It’s familiar, it’s trustworthy, it’s delicious. The same goes with dining out. When you have that trusted restaurant that you just absolutely love and adore, it is easy to head there when you have guests in town, want to show off an amazing and affordable New York City meal to your friends or family, or when you just can’t think of what else to eat! For me, this place first and foremost has to have great, simple food with high quality ingredients. It has to have a fantastic ambience with dynamic energy, a friendly waitstaff, and with these economic times, the restaurant has to be easy on the wallet. Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria is that place for me.