The softer, sweeter side of New York City food is its frozen treats. In a city that’s hard as nails, a good ice cream cone is a 15 minute escape. We’re happy to say that Latin flavors have come into vogue. You just have to know where to look. At more than a couple of special ice cream spots in the city, the queen of the latin-infused frozen treats is horchata. Below we’ll give you directions to places where you can taste the frozen horchata loveliness for yourself.
1. La Newyorkina: Paleta de Horchata ($4)
La Newyorkina offers hand-made, real-ingredient-filled Mexican paletas. This vendor is more or less the horchata pop expert. We recommend getting your hands on one for $4. Find them at the Highline Park. Climb up on Gansevoort Street & Washington St and walk to find the truck above. You can also find them at the Hester St Market at Essex.
2. momofuku milk bar: Horchata Soft Serve ($4.50)
momofuku milk bar midtown has the guava horchata soft serve you’ve been jonesing after all Spring. Now through the summer season you can get it for $4.50 at the midtown location: 15 W 56th st between 5th and 6th ave. After you get your cup, take a walk up 5th ave to view the Mac store’s epic glass cube, keep going and you’re at Central Park South. For more info go here.
3. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop: Horchata Shake ($6)
The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop has an amazing horchata shake served only on Saturdays. All of their creations are tasty but the horchata shake takes the cake. Om nom nom. After you get your shake, take a walk down St. Marks, and think of all the filth that once was..aaa…Nueva York. Visit the shop at 125 E 7th st in the Lower East Side or find their truck via twitter.