How fitting that National Sundae Day lands…well, on a Sunday! 😀 We’ve had a lot of holidays over the national food calendar that celebrate different flavors of sundae, that wonderful mix of ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and anything else you desire–so long as there’s a cherry on top! There was, of course, the big kahuna of Hot Fudge Sundae Day, as well as Strawberry Sundae Day. But those two made a bit of sense: both landing in July, the perfect hot New York weather to enjoy a big bowl of ice cream. But to have National Sundae Day on November 11th makes very little sense to me. *shrugs* I’m not going to dwell on it too much; I mean, if a national food holiday is telling you to eat ice cream, then you shouldn’t ever question it! 😀
I wanted to take a look at some of the other variations of sundaes around New York City that we haven’t really highlighted throughout the national holiday year. The best part about sundaes is that the only required ingredient is the ice cream. Everything else is just gravy–you can add just about anything you want to a sundae and it’s still delicious! And no one knows this better in New York than the Chocolate Room. Known for their super-rich chocolatey desserts, they make an ice cream sundae that sits atop a warm, freshly-baked brownie. How can you say no?? The ice cream is scooped to order and topped with whipped cream, hot fudge, and that ubiquitous cherry 🙂 The ice cream is slightly melted by the warm brownie, letting the cream pool in the bottom of your bowl (leaving the ice cream slightly soupy and gooey–the best kind of ice cream ever!) But the brownie is thick and stiff enough to stand up to the melting ice cream, and you don’t get a soggy mess. Try it with a scoop of their homemade coffee ice cream for a mocha treat that’s good any time of the year.
The Chocolate Room
86 5th Ave (between St. Marks & Prospect Pl.), Park Slope
“For our main chocolate selection, we ordered the brownie sundae – a warm, homemade brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge and a cherry:
Brownie sundaes are usually pretty standard, so I look at brownie quality and overall yumminess – highly scientific, I know. The Chocolate Room’s sundae was superb, with the fudgey, flavorful and moist brownie perfectly warmed (scrumptiously gooey, but not so hot as to melt the ice cream immediately). We chose the Sumatran coffee ice cream to accompany the brownie – the ice cream was homemade, dense and creamy. The whipped cream and fresh cherry (no DayGlo red here!) completed the delectable dish.”–Big Apple Nosh
Some reviews from Yelp.com:
“I opted for the warm brownie sundae with their homemade coffee ice cream. It was a mind blowing experience. The brownie was rich, the ice cream was fantastic and tasted like real coffee. The hot fudge was scrumptious and decadent. Spoon after spoon brought me deeper into bliss.”–Krista M.
“This is such a great place to have dessert, especially if you’re on a date! It’s small and cute and the menu is loaded with tons of chocolate options. I shared the brownie sundae and have to confess it was absolutely delicious. Every component of the sundae was just perfect! And the best part is that the sundae was made from scratch and less than $10! This place is a great way to end a movie date since Cobble Hill Cinema is right next door. I will definitely be returning to try more of their menu.”–Cindy X.
And just as I had said yesterday that alternative cuisine can pleasantly surprise you: just like Tu-Lu’s gluten-free vanilla cupcake is regarded as one of the best cupcakes in the city (gluten or otherwise), Pure Food and Wine makes one of the best ice cream sundaes around–even though it has no ice cream at all. An all-vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine is known for exceptional cuisine that celebrates vegetables and all things non-animal produced–and doesn’t just make “meat-like” products as substitutions for the real thing. They also have an extensive raw food menu, which, while pricey, is so delicious it can alter your entire thought process when it comes to raw food. Take, for example, their mint chocolate chip ice cream sundae: not only is their ice cream vegan, but it’s raw, too. The ice cream is made from cashews and coconut, and it’s sweetened with agave syrup–so even the sugar is raw, too. What’s great about this sundae is how delicious it tastes: so many meat-eaters can’t tell the difference between Pure Food and Wine’s sundae and the mint chocolate chip at Walt Itgen’s. It may set you back more than a sundae at the old-time ice cream parlor will, but it’s worth is just for a taste–and who knows, it may realign your thinking on what “vegan” and “raw” food tastes like!
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Pl (between 17th St & 18th St)
“Then it was time for the piece de resistance: dessert. I’d been dreaming about the raw chocolate mint sundae since I was last there in June, and though it was no longer on the menu, our awesome waiter told us he could have them made for our table. Um, yes please?! Chocolate, fresh mint and mint chip ice cream with vanilla cream, chocolate sauce and mint chocolate cookies. One of the best foods that has ever passed my lips, I kid you not.”–Une Vie Saine
Some reviews from Yelp.com:
“We ended our meal with an ice cream sundae dotted with these amazing mint cookies that taste like those Girl Scout thin mints! Their Ice Cream is made from Cashews! It’s addicting!!!”–Jenn S.
“Okay so onto the ‘best dessert in NYC.’ She was right people, I gotta hand it to her. And while I never doubted her, my expectations were high. If you love mint and you love chocolate then this dessert is for you. The ‘ice cream’ is the most flavorful mint ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. The chocolate crumbles were like a girl scout cookie on crack. Did you ever think you’d find something better than a Thin Mint? Yah, me either. And what’s a sundae without some hot fudge. Again, getting a bite of all three sweets was a mint was a mint explosion in your mouth that you didn’t ever want to end.”–Lauren L.
Make sure you check out the updated NYC Food Holidays Map to find this most recent holiday!