Ice Cream: Morgenstern’s Finest

Date: 1/11/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 2 Rivington Street

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What we ordered: 

  • Salted Pretzel Caramel & Chocolate Cocoa Nib for Rob (would recommend the Nib)
  • Coconut Ash for Melissa (both in a sugar cone)

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $11.98

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7.5 7.75
Presentation 8.5 8
Setting 8 8.5
Value 7 6.5
Overall 7.75 7.5

Ryan comments:

We kept the stroller right next to the stools we sat in and she wasn’t too in the way. She slept the entire time.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): 9

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General Comments:

Morgenstern’s Finest is a fancy little ice cream parlor in Nolita. According to their site they are “focused on serving texture-driven small-batch ice creams with a renewed attention to flavor and palate.” This was our first visit here and their focus on flavor and quality definitely showed.

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The first thing you notice upon entering the ice cream parlor is how starkly black and white everything is inside, including the seating. There are 6 counter seats/stools along with 3 other seats that look kind of like elementary school desks:

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Everything looks upscale here and there is what we called “Instagram-friendly” lighting, as the parlor is very bright with all of the hanging lights.

You can’t really tell from the above photos but they have an extensive selection of flavors at all times. They have a mix of unique takes on standard flavors and then some additional specials and sorbets. Their flavors are broken out by their base flavor – for example, they had a whole section of Caramels, Chocolates, Vanillas, etc. that had different variations on that base. They also have some unusual sundaes, including one that’s wrapped in soft Japanese bread. Things are definitely on the higher end price-side, but it seemed like everything is high quality ingredients. They also sell odd merchandise, like this $50 towel that must just fly off the shelves:

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Even though there weren’t too many people in line when we came, it took a while for our ice cream to be ready, but that’s because everything is clearly done by hand and with care. For example, Rob got Salted Caramel Pretzel as one of his flavors and the girl scooping added in a few mini pretzels as she was putting it into the cone.

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Rob’s cone had the aforementioned Salted Caramel Pretzel along with Chocolate Cocoa Nib. The Caramel was fairly salted and there were a few salted pretzels placed on the outside of the scoop as well. The ice cream itself wasn’t really pretzel-y, it was more of just a pretzel topping which was a little disappointing. The Cocoa Nib had a rich chocolate flavor and was well-textured. There were a lot of little nibs inside which is exactly what you’d want when ordering that flavor. In the middle of his scoop he’d find little troves of nibs like in the below pic.

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Melissa got the Black Coconut Ash after seeing it all over Yelp and Instagram, as it seems to be one of their most popular flavors (probably based on sheer novelty). Coconut Ash is literally made from the charred processed remains of a coconut shell, so it doesn’t taste like coconut itself. It’s also technically activated charcoal which has somehow become a bit of a health food…seriously, look it up. It was jet black and turned her tongue black. It didn’t have a very strong flavor, nor was it very sweet, but it was pretty good anyway and she enjoyed it. Again, probably for the novelty.

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Overall, Morgenstern’s Finest is a good choice for ice cream in the area, especially if you’re looking for something on the fancier side and/or on the more unique side. We’ll be back!

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