La Newyorkina’s Paleta Queen Fany Gerson Is Opening a Mexican Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts Shop

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Mexican dessert expert Fany Gerson is gearing up for an ambitious year. Not only is she organizing a Mexican- and Mediterranean-inspired pop-up later this month and writing her third book, she’s also opening a new ice cream shop just in time for summer.

La Newyorkina – which is the name of her existing paleta shop – is Fany’s first “proper brick-and-mortar” at Peanut Butter & Co.’s old space on 240 Sullivan Street. Fany has run La Tiendita out of Red Hook since 2014, and before that, she brought Mexico and donuts together through Dough.

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The idea for the shop originated in 2011, according to Grub Street. However, Hurricane Sandy destroyed her production facility in 2012 and derailed her plans.

La Newyorkina will draw on the flavors from her native Mexico City – much like she has done with her other businesses up until this point. At minimum, the menu will include 30 to 40 different kinds of paletas, but it will further dominate the frozen treat space with chamoyadas and sorbets. Fany will also debut Nieve de garrafa – “custard in its purest form” that requires a new batch every day because it won’t hold up overnight – at her new shop.

Fany’s new spot will adapt to the temperature and serve churros and champurrado come winter.

La Newyorkina will open in June or early July.