Ice cream. The long lost delicacy of the vegan. A remnant of worlds past, this delicious delight exists in the dreams – or nightmares – of those dedicated few who chose to call themselves vegans. Or that was until I stumbled over my neighborhood vegan ice cream shop.
That’s right. Vegan ice cream shop.
Now I know there are vegan ice cream options in the freezer section of my nearest health foods store. Between coconut, hemp, almond, and whatever else you can freeze, these options are plentiful. But I’m not talking about the bland, freezer-burned, chalky flavors found in the frozen section of Whole Foods. I’m talking about the real deal: amazing, delicious, hand-served, in-house made ice cream.
Lucky for me, less than half a block away is Stōgo, a vegan ice cream haven. Through the day I’ll catch myself fantasizing about which dairy-free ice creams I’ll be choosing from later that night. Flavors like Creamsicle, Coconut Green Tea, and Mojito Sorbet come to mind. Despite just having devoured an entire 10 ounce cup, my mouth is already beginning to salivate. If you can’t tell, I love ice cream. It’s probably my most favorite thing in the world next to blankets—yes, I love blankets.
I usually don’t go out and advertise for people, but this place deserves it. Stōgo offers tons of crazy flavors that will get your palate educated in the pleasures of being vegan. They even offer seasonal flavors. Being that Thanksgiving just passed, tonight I grabbed up the remains of some Pumpkin Pie and Coconut Sweet Potato. I even threw in a new flavor that I just couldn’t resist: Vegan Eggnog.
I dare not write more, for I am already fighting off the urge to run down the street and grab another. I guess living this close is a double edge sword. Gift and curse alike, one thing is for certain: the people at Stōgo are making vegan ice cream nostalgia a thing of the past.
For any of you in NYC, Stōgo is located on 159 2nd Ave, entrance on E 10th street between 2nd and 3rd.