A new ice cream shop is coming to 115 Montague Street, almost directly across from the country’s first Haagen Dazs. Emack & Bolio’s is a rock-n-roll themed chain originating in Boston.

They’ve taken the space that was vacated by Connecticut Muffin earlier this year after the rent got too d*mn high. Curious peepers can see purple-painted columns above the brown paper.


Wholesale ice cream maker Brooklyn Bell Foods is opening a storefront on Classon Avenue in Crown Heights just in time for summer. Owners Ron and Kati Cunningham searched for a space where they could produce ice cream and sell it, and they found both in their little shop at 843 Classon between Lincoln and Eastern Parkway.

Brooklyn Bell’s the Local will offer their handmade granola bars and ice cream, including flavors like black lava caramel, brown butter pecan and the Rocky Road-inspired “Detroit City Rocks.” The Kensington natives plan to open their shop in the next two weeks. Until now, the couple prepped their products at a food incubator in Industry City, and they’re looking forward to having their own kitchen. If you want to track their progress, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Click through the jump to see interior photos! GMAP


A new ice cream shop called Ice To Meet You opened on August 23 on Fulton at Kingston Avenue in Bed Stuy. A tipster sent us a photo and let us know that it opened. The ground floor space at 1499 Fulton Street used to be a salon, and the building has six residential units, according to PropertyShark. Besides ice cream, the shop also serves baked goods paired with ice cream, like profiteroles and crepes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Has anyone tried it yet? GMAP


Chopsticks + Marrow, written by Joe DiStefano, covers food both inside and outside of Queens. He joins us here on QueensNYC each Thursday.

Sweet and cold, El Bohio’s shaved ice is a harbinger of even warmer days

Forget that groundhog. The real indicator of the arrival of warm weather is the ice cream man. Or in Corona, the shaved ice man, specifically the dude who sets up in the window in front of El Bohio Grocery. The other day after eating enough Thai food for an army I took a long walk up Roosevelt Avenue and was delighted to see that El Bohio’s shaved ice—or frio frio as Dominicans like to call it­—was in full effect.


Chopsticks + Marrow, written by Joe DiStefano, covers food both inside and outside of Queens. He’ll be joining us here on QueensNYC each Thursday.

An ice cream parlor twist on an Italian classic

When I was a kid I loved ice cream sodas. As an adult I discovered the affogato, a very grown-up Italian treat that takes its name from the word for “drowned.”  It’s a scoop of ice cream with a shot  of espresso poured on top. One day I was in Eddie’s Sweet Shop, the quintessential Queens ice cream parlor and I noticed they had had an espresso machine.


Image source: Patricia on Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is only days away – we are pretty excited about the holiday foods that are coming up. So what are your favorites this time of year? Pumpkin pie in actual pie, cheesecake or ice cream form? Turkey and stuffing? Yams with marshmallows? Something else? We’d love to know. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!


President Obama or President Romney ice cream – what would you put in them? 

Malu in LIC is back at their creativity wheel again and have issued a challenge to other creative ice cream souls. From their Facebook page:

“Malu would like to create a Romney Ice Cream and an Obama Ice Cream, in hopes of making this election a little livelier. Tell us what you think should be in each (kindly note – we’re a kid friendly family business!). We’ll create both flavors and see what tub finishes first. Could this be the new straw poll or just a yummy way to make it through to Nov 6th?”

LIC has a new bus shelter

If you take the bus year-long you know how bus shelters really do block the wind. LIC got a new one in early October – LIC Partnership posted a picture of it on their Facebook page. Nice.

Festival grounds instead of a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park? Welcome to 2008

Did you know there was a plan for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, one that was full of recommendations as to how to revitalize the park (the MLS folks believe they will be able to do that with the stadium; they have also reached out to the community, offering to upgrade the community soccer fields, and plan to be a good neighbor). This plan, called the ”Flushing Meadows Corona Park Strategic Framework Plan”, would have strived “to transform Flushing Meadows Corona Park from a fragmented, confusing, flat, uninspired, pavement-ridden open space into a grade-A greensward.” A few of the things that were recommended:

  • Demolish the Pool of Industry and create “festival grounds” as a gathering space.
  • Unearth the Flushing River and reroute it along the park’s east side so as “to create a continuous ribbon of water” connecting Meadow and Willow Lakes (which would both be restored).
  • Preserve the other historical remnants of the World’s Fairs, in particular the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, and “drastically improve access to, and circulation within, Flushing Meadows.”


No matter what, though, things are going to happen in the park, and the soccer stadium looks pretty much like a done deal (though you never know). Still, it’s fun to think about what might have been, and good to know that the park was getting some attention.

Serious Eats heads to M. Wells Dinette

The M. Wells Dinette is the newest restaurant darling of LIC, and the Serious Eats folks spent some time there recently. In their article, they give a nice summary of the M. Wells Diner history, then dive into the food. Their initial impression:

The menu is smaller, both in number of dishes and in terms of their size—not small by any means, but no megaburgers either. And it appears more focused and pared down. The mix of re-done French classics, Americana, and WTF dishes are all there, but they’re a little less aggressively odd. And where you could get foie gras on practically anything at M. Wells Diner, the menu on our visit didn’t have it at all (though the menu changes frequently, and rest assured there is foie gras elsewhere).

Their slideshow is making our mouths water, too.

The Astoria Renovation

Over on Brownstoner, they’re chronicling a renovation in Astoria of a 1930s brick rowhouse, and it’s really interesting to see the progress. They post an update about every month or so. The latest one is about the facades that have been drawn up, with inspiration from Forest Hills Gardens (think Tudor style). Definitely worth keeping an eye on.