Tasting Tour: East 7th Street

by Jessica Allen, 10/03/2012

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  • Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
    125 E. 7th St., 212-533-9333
    Butter Lane
    123 E. 7th St., 212-677-2880
    The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop creates masterful soft-serve concoctions such as the "Salty Pimp" (vanilla ice cream with veins of dulce de leche, sprinkles of sea salt and a chocolate dip) or "Mexican Affo'gay'to" (spicy hot chocolate mixed with vanilla ice cream, cayenne, whipped cream and shaved chocolate). Half the fun is reading the names of the various treats and admiring the sparkly unicorn mural that covers one wall; the other half is imagining how toppings like candied fennel seeds and wasabi pea dust might taste. Hungry hordes line up all day, all night, every day, every night. If you go, be prepared to wait. Next door is Butter Lane, East 7th Street's answer to the cupcake craze. An airy cake base gets topped with your choice of French buttercream (lighter, like a meringue) or American buttercream icing in such flavors as blueberry, apple spice, pumpkin and chocolate. Free samples might make the decision easier, or even harder. 

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