Did you know that each of our shops has its own unique flavor? Until now, these flavors have only been available at their inspired locations, but in honor of our 5th birthday, we are offering these flavors in a Taste of New York 4-Pack! Here's a bit more about the story behind these flavors.
Our first shop on Vanderbilt Avenue opened in 2011. We used to make all the ice cream for Ample Hills in its 175 square foot kitchen. When we inevitably outgrew that space, we remodeled the kitchen to be more open and encourage visitors waiting in line to engage in the process of making ice cream. We make this shop’s flavor, The Commodore in this new (even smaller) kitchen. We drew inspiration from the avenue’s namesake, Cornelius Vanderbilt.
In his early years, Cornelius Vanderbilt ferried passengers across the East River. Years later, he turned to the railroad, where he amassed a great fortune, paving the streets in gold. And while he helped usher in the Gilded Age and built Grand Central Station, perhaps his greatest achievement was the potato chip. At a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, he sent his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, demanding that they be “thinner!” “crispier!”... the rest is history.
The Commodore is a salty honey ice cream with clusters of chocolate-covered potato chips and honeycomb candy.
Our second full-time location in Gowanus was built with a larger production space to keep up with increasing demand. We opened our 3,600 square foot location a block away from the Gowanus Canal. The once thriving transportation hub is now a polluted Superfund site, a murky green colored waterway flowing through this evolving neighborhood. Playing off this new proximity and Brian’s history as science-fiction screenwriter, we created a flavor called It Came From Gowanus-- an imagined monster movie creature emerges from the trenches.
It came from the deep. Up through the passages of time, out of the primordial depths, pitch-dark, mysterious and all-powerful. It came from Gowanus.
The salty and bittersweet chocolate ice cream is our darkest ever, filled with orange-scented brownies and hazelnut crack cookies. We added white chocolate pearls as a nod to the oysters tasked with cleaning up the waterway. This flavor was touted as the Top Ice Cream in America by the Food Network!
Our Gotham West Market location opened in 2015-- our first Manhattan outpost! We asked our fans to invent and name a flavor inspired by the neighborhood and its history. The Irish heritage of Hell’s Kitchen resulted in a Guinness dark chocolate ice cream, chock full of mix-ins: brown butter cookie dough, toffee pieces and spiced brownies. An explosion of flavor! We call it Hell’s Kitchen Sink!
Our second Manhattan location opened just this month at Bubby’s High Line. Bubby’s is a New York institution, known for delicious brunches and homemade pies. Our new shop is within the High Line restaurant, serving 12 flavors, pie sundaes and pie shakes. This location’s flavor Floatin’ Over The High Line speaks to classic Americana, nostalgic soda fountains-- it’s a root beer float reimagined! We make the base with Bubby’s root beer syrup and fold in mini marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles.
Now you can enjoy this Taste of New York without leaving your couch!