Time Out says
Nicholas Morgenstern (El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette) scoops inventive hard ice cream flavors (sesame-caramel, salt-and-pepper pinenut, green tea pistachio) and sorbets (lychee-raspberry, guava-strawberry) at this scoop shop kitted with a hyper modern mix of bright white and jet black tile, a letterboard menu, and color-popped cobalt blue exterior.
2 Rivington St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Chrystie St|
|Transport:||Subway: J, Z to Bowery; F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average ice cream: $4. AmEx, MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri, Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-11pm|
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Users say (8)
Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
I am a big ice cream person. Ive been to most of the top places in New York. This place is def one of my top three favorites. The flavors are always unique and rotating. Last time I went I had the strawberry balsamic which was probably the greatest flavor I've ever had and the Vietnamese iced coffee flavor which was incredible! They definitely know what they're doing here. On my latest visit I even ran into Eric Andre!
I'm obsessed with ice cream in general so maybe I'm biased --- but Morgenstern's is really that good. Always plentiful options. Whether you get a basic flavor or an extra special flavor, they don't disappoint. Last time I was in, I just got a strawberry cone and it was fresh and delicious. The service wasn't extraordinary - the person at the counter did not seem extremely happy with me when I asked about the flavor of the week. Regardless, I saw inside at the counter and enjoyed my cone. Will obviously continue to patron this ice cream parlor because its delicious, creative and extremely high quality.
I came here for the first time last weekend and I absolutely loved it! The green tea pistachio was so refreshing and light I never wanted it to end. It had the perfect balance between the two flavor combinations and chunks of pistachio nuts throughout. My friend ordered the salted caramel pretzel, which was very intense and moreish as well. While the consistency is not quite Italian gelato (read: so soft and malleable it looks half melted), the flavors are what really count here. The décor makes you feel like you have stepped back in time making the whole experience even more fun!
I'm honestly not sure what all the hype about this place is. When I went here, they had several unique flavors which I was looking forward to, but they would only let you taste one ice cream before you bought anything. The one I chose, I didn't like - so it really was a gamble on all the other flavors when I was choosing which one to buy. I ended up not liking the one I bought either, which is a real waste when ice cream is as expensive as it was here. Both of the flavors that I ended up trying were WAY too sweet. I would be open to trying out more flavors here to find one that I like, but with only getting to taste 1 before you purchase, it's not worth the gamble for me.