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Custard Beach at Grand Central

Daniel Sonenberg | Jul 19, 1999 03:48 PM

After never managing to try out the downtown outlet of
this famed destination, I was happy to hear they had
opened up a stand in Grand Central's fledgling food
court. I'm in an ice cream mood anyway since I just
tried Egg Cream Dairy Ice Cream (small review in "The
Best...") so I dragged a couple of cohorts a few blocks
east to check it out.

Surprisingly, they advertise their product, at least at
this location, as "French Ice Cream," and not as
"frozen custard." This has already come up on this
list and I won't belabor it...the stuff sure seems like
ice cream to me though--the only difference seeming to
be that they keep their freezers at a higher
temperature and serve a near-melted product. Sad to
say I wasn't entirely impressed. There were only
several flavors of ice cream (custard) --vanilla,
chocolate, peanut butter, and raspberry (also a bunch
of ice flavors and frozen yogurts). Based on a
chowhound recommendation I tried the vanilla. Also had
some peanut butter. It was certainly good enough, but
the out-of-body experience I was hoping for didn't
come. The vanilla tasted white, and not overwhelmingly
of vanilla. The peanut-butter was pretty nice, but
both were a bit too sweet for my taste. One colleague
got the raspberry, and said "it was good, but those are
the sweetest raspberries I've ever had."

Maybe this outlet doesn't live up to its famed downtown
counterpart of yesteryear? Anyway, in this
ice-cream-challenged town I'm still looking for
something to get excited about.


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