Location: Williamsburg (Kent Avenue and N 3rd Street)
What We Ordered: Hannah - Lychee and Saffron Passionfruit; Jon - Miso Cherry and Milk Chocolate Caramel
We did something unprecedented this week and both visited OddFellows Ice Cream in Williamsburg separately and unintentionally one day apart. Call it fate. Call it coincidence. We'll call it delicious. While we will typically have our ice cream adventures as a team, we saw this as an opportunity to test for consistency of ice cream experience. Hannah was feeling the sorbets when she went and ordered a cup of Lychee and Saffron Passionfruit while Jon had a healthy balance of adventure and indulgence with Miso Cherry and Milk Chocolate Caramel.
OddFellows prides themselves in having the freshest ice cream, making all of it in-house -- including the mix. Their ingredients are locally sourced, hormone- and additive-free, reminding us that we are indeed in Williamsburg. The Lychee sorbet was on the sweet side but still palate pleasing, much like Lionel Richie. It was very smooth, very fresh, and very delicious, just like Lionel. The incredible blend of the Saffron Passionfruit made it deserving of a spot on the Mt. Rushmore of ice cream. Hannah described it as tangy and refreshing, yet refined and subtle; a masterful creation like Natalie Portman at a pool party.
The Miso Cherry had a very prominent blend of salty and sweet. Definitely not a flavor for headstrong traditionalists, but still enjoyable to the masses. The Milk Chocolate Caramel was one of the ice creams Jon has had since starting this blog. The chocolate flavor was incredibly rich and the caramel made all the troubles in the world disappear.
OddFellows offers a wide variety of flavors ranging from Toasted Coconut Milk Chocolate to Extra Virgin Olive Oil to good ol' fashioned Strawberry and Rocky Road. The 12 rotating flavors they have at this location change regularly, making customers want to come back to try them all. Even more incredible, OddFellows has offered over 120 different flavors since their inception just over a year ago. They have a flavor for everyone, including the oddest and most adventurous ice cream enthusiast. Even Hannah, who has tried everything from Lobster to Goat Cheese flavored ice cream, was impressed.
OddFellows incorporates a 1950s soda shop spirit with oddball tidbits. The servers all wear red and white candy striper aprons and caps. It's moderately sized with seating for over 15 people, but can get crowded quickly. The staff is very friendly and have great taste in music. You can also take a peek into the backroom where the ice cream magic happens. A variety of knick knacks line one of the walls behind the counter. If you look closely, you'll find some fun decor, like a painting of Jesus holding an ice cream cone over his head, and some creepy decor, like a clown shrine.
Despite going on separate occasions, we both had the same positive and satisfying experience at OddFellows. They are one of the newer players on the New York City gourmet ice cream scene, but they are a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future. Their assortment of delectable and innovative flavors keep us wanting more. Their use of ingredients and proprietary ice cream making methods show us that they're more than just a pretty face; they have substance. Located a few blocks from Smorgasburg on Saturdays and Brooklyn Flea on Sundays, it is the perfect stop on your hipster excursion.