Multi-ethnic boutique restaurants are sprouting all over Crown Heights, Brooklyn as locals are now more than ever dining out, but where to go for ice cream when your delicate palate wont settle for Baskin Robbins on the corner of Franklin and Eastern Pkwy? Café Froyo on the opposite corner of the intersection had been satisfying frozen treat cravings for a few years but the place has now shut down, I assume due to the lack of traffic and steady bills not adding up.
Ron Cunningham, ice cream genius/software engineer/private chef, decided to change all of this by bringing local, fresh, and quirky ice cream to Crown Heights through Brooklyn Bells The Local. The parlor embodies patriotism with hints of red, white, and blue displayed on the walls and décor. “We’re very patriotic; the American dream is ingrained in our psyches,” said Mr. Cunningham during a New York Times interview.
Not only is the décor patriotic, but some of the most popular flavors are as well such as Sweet Potato Pie—a subtle creamy vanilla ice cream swirled with chunks of sweet potato sneaking up on you every few bites. The Backyard Bourbon—a peach flavored ice cream with outstanding hints of bourbon that fade the initial peach flavor you were hoping for. I asked about the ingredients to the ice cream base and Mr. Cunningham stated he wouldn’t reveal the ratio, but that it does consist of solely whole milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, and turbinado sugar.
You’re bound to hear salsa music in the background, as El Gran Combo played throughout my time there. Paintings of locals are plastered onto the walls giving an emphasis on how much Mr. Cunningham cares to involve the neighborhood with his establishment.
Brooklyn Bells The Local
Address: 843 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238/ Phone:(718) 399-2613