A self-proclaimed experimental ice cream shop, Ice & Vice makes its flavors with ingredients like chili lime plantain chips and lemon charcoal. Thankfully, this LES spot knows how to make complicated things actually taste good. Our recommendation? Go with your gut. Like most major TV networks today, this ice cream shop knows how to cater to several different niche audiences at the same time. But just in case you’re curious, the last thing we tried here was the “Opium Den,” which is full of toasted poppy seeds and lemon bread croutons.
Ice & Vice is permanently closed.
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