Location: West Village (Bleeker Street b/t Morton Street and Jones Street)
What We Ordered: Dulce de Leche and Hazelnut
After a brief holiday hiatus spent travelling, spending time with family and devouring pints in our warm apartments while wearing fuzzy socks and ugly sweaters, the time has come for us to come out of hibernation and into the ice cream world again. We are delighted to be back to our ice cream eating ways, despite the frigid winter we've been having in New York. We trekked through the snow and ice to Cones, an Argentinian ice cream and gelato staple in the West Village since the mid-90s.
We were fortunate to be the only customers in the store when we arrived (aside from a couple with suitcases canoodling in a corner booth), which meant we had the opportunity to try several of Cones' many ice creams. After tasting some intriguing flavors, we decided to go with Cones’ signature, and Hannah's personal favorite, Dulce de Leche. Jon added a scoop of Hazelnut to complement.
The Dulce de Leche had a distinct flavor, similar to salted caramel, but with a milkier undertone. The Hazelnut was so smooth it would make a fresh jar of Skippy jealous and it paired nicely with the Dulce de Leche. The two flavors were fantastic on their own, but exceptional together -- like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
We knew we were in for something special when we perused the flavors at Cones. With nearly three dozen available, Cones has one of the more extensive menus we've seen in our ice cream escapades. They have a harmonious balance of ice cream and sorbets. Flavors range from the traditional Mint Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate to the more adventurous Ginger and Almond Cream. What makes Cones unique is their Argentine roots, which can be seen with flavors like Yerba Mate and Zabaione.
With its minimal decor, primarily consisting of large framed photos of ice cream hanging from the red painted walls, Cones has a very simple ambiance with a hint of classic European sophistication, which makes sense because of the heavy European influence in Argentina. You can tell the store has been updated since they opened over 15 years ago, but the aura of a 90s mom-and-pop shop still dwells, which we appreciated. One of the owners let us sample flavors to our hearts desire and served our ice cream in a plain small Solo cup. The store itself is small and seating is limited, but that's to be expected in the West Village.
Cones is the classic ice cream shop you frequented when you were kid. They are a no frills, no fuss, simply delicious dessert establishment with Argentine character. While seating is minimal, they more than make up for it with their abundant flavors. Open until 11 PM Sun-Thurs and 12 AM Fri-Sat, Cones is the perfect spot for a quick bite between bar hops, dessert on date night, or simply a late night snack by yourself to take home and share with the cat on a futon in your studio apartment while binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.