If I could eat ice cream for every meal, I would. So when I heard that Hay Rosie makes savory flavors, I wondered if this might be the lunch or dinner option I was looking for.

The tiny Brooklyn shop has dished out some interesting options in the past few months: feta and goat cheese with tomato caramel swirl; spicy Sriracha Popcorn; goat cheese with fennel pollen and orange zest; and pretzel honey mustard, among others.

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Sadly, when we found the little shop – it’s only marked by a simple door on Sackett Street – none of these fancy options were available. There was a chocolate and sage flavor but, never really a fan of chocolate ice cream, I opted for Mexican muscavado caramel instead.

I also decided to forgive them for the lack of options once I saw the size of their kitchen and freezer.

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And… well… the ice cream was okay. Yeah, just okay. I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be a savory cream flavor – like a tangy, tart flavor – or if they just hadn’t put enough oomph into it. Ryan’s ‘Rough Day’ ice cream – peanut butter, chocolate covered pretzels and house-made cookie dough – was far superior.


To be honest, I was disappointed. But I’ve heard lots of good things about this place – and I was enamored by the cuteness of it all – so I’m committed to giving them a second chance. Next time, I’ll be getting stuck in to the most cheesy, herby ice cream they’ve got – I promise.

Thanks to the Hay Rose FB page for some of these pictures. For other options while summer still remains (ish), check out my favorite ice cream places in the city or the nearby soda fountain.