Man, July is all. the fuck. about ice cream. Not even lying here. Let me break it down for you: in addition to it being National Ice Cream Month (as well as National Hot Dog Month, but don’t eat them together, trust me it doesn’t work), we’ve already celebrated National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day on July 1 and National Strawberry Sundae Day on July 7, and will celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 19, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23, and Hot Fudge Sundae Day on July 25. And considering July is flanked by National Ice Cream Soda Day (June 30) and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2), I can pretty much say that July’s got ice cream covered. If you are ever at a loss during this month as to what you should possibly eat, let me offer a recommendation to you: you can’t go wrong with ice cream!
Which leads me to today’s national food holiday, National Peach Ice Cream Day. This is the perfect time of year for peach ice cream. And I’m not talking about the flavor you get from Haagen-Dazs! Peaches are in high season right now, so you can get all the ripe, juicy fruits you could ever want at any grocery store or farmer’s market near you. (Buy local, organic peaches if you can; you’ll never go back to the comparably flavorless ones at Pathmark ever again!) So, freshly made ice cream with real peaches and peach juices should be at the top of your priority list when celebrating this national food holiday!
And one of the season-conscious ice cream purveyors in the city is Melt Bakery, a home-spun ice cream sandwich business created by friends Julian and Kareem. Their small storefront on the Lower East Side offers both catering orders by the dozen and individual ice cream sandwiches for you to nosh on, all in interesting and unique flavor combinations. The “Bold” flavor offers Guinness Stout ice cream with salted peanut cookies, and aptly lives up to its name; while “Thai Fighter” puts up a punch of flavor with chocolate chili ice cream and curried coconut cookies. But remember, they only make ice cream flavors with what’s currently in season, so Melt’s current menu list is quite limited. Cross your fingers and hope for “Belle” to be on today’s list! This sandwich is comprises of fresh peach ice cream between two brown butter bourbon shortbread cookies–a dish that will instantly have you speaking in a Southern drawl with one bite. Melt Bakery is rather new, but they’ve made a name for themselves with quality ice creams and cookies, and a kiosk at the High Line–an absolute perfect place to sit down and enjoy your ice cream sandwich while watching the sun set over the Hudson.
132 Orchard St (between Rivington St & Delancey St)
“The first summer at Hester, we would do three completely different flavors every week. And we quickly realized that people were going to be pissed off if we didn’t have the Classic, which is chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream, every week. We also have the Belle, which got a beautiful swimsuit edition photo in Time Out New York. It’s a brown butter bourbon shortbread cookie with peach ice cream. But I won’t use peaches out of season, so it’s only available in the summer.”–Serious Eats
“The Hester Street Fair star opens its first brick-and-mortar spot: a simple takeout shop featuring its popular artisanal ice-cream sandwiches. Choose from a rotating selection of creamy delights, such as the Classic (chocolate-chip walnut cookie with vanilla ice cream), the Cocoa Daddy (chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream) or the Belle (brown-butter-bourbon shortbread with peach ice cream).”–Time Out New York
Some reviews from Yelp.com:
“The Belle features peach ice cream with brown butter bourbon shortbread. Well, if there’s one thing I like, it’s brown butter. And shortbread. And throw some bourbon on there as well. Okay, I guess that’s three things.”–Serena T.
“what better to follow lunch with? right! another ice cream sandwich! admittedly we were feeling a bit piggy, but we justified it: how often do you get a handmade ice cream sandwich? this time, we had the Belle as peaches are about to go out of season. so good…”–Charlie P.
Make sure you check out the updated NYC Food Holidays Map to find this most recent holiday!