Big windows open up into a retro-looking room framed with sleek countertops and stripey wall paper. Odd paraphernalia like a gonzo-looking monkey complete with cymbals (their mascot) and myriad random Americana decorate cubbyhole frames behind the counter. You'll feel like your in another universe... a world perfumed of toasty, sweet waffle cones, which are being cooked on a heavy griddle right in front of you.
Of course, a place like this isn't without its problems. That problem exclusively is deciding - because Odd Fellows has a lengthy list of drool-worthy flavors, ranging from traditional to kooky, seasonally pure and light sorbets to diet-killing concoctions fraught with nuts and bacon and caramel. In that ilk, a cornbread sundae is an exquisite celebration of summer, no holds barred. Cornbread ice cream (how's
he do that?) is ethereally sweet, smooth and corny. Sluiced in jammy blueberry compote and a crumble of cornbread, it is then topped with a bacon-infused maple whipped cream... and topped with a precious pea tendril, highlighting all things seasonal. Some flavors are meals in themselves: PBJ w/ Toast is pretty much a balanced repast in a cone. And so goes toasted sesame
kumquat pumpernickle, while chorizo caramel might demand a chunky strawberry sauce to help fulfill your five-a-day. But there's nothing lacking on the fruit front, with myriad sorbets: strawberry lavender (pictured), blood orange-cinnamon, lime-tarragon, and (although it took a little convincing) my to-date favorite: grapefruit-jalapeno. It went down with just a touch of fire on the back of my throat, soothed by the juicy, icy sorbet pungent with tangy grapefruit.
And as if all that weren't enough, Odd Fellows also offers homemade cotton candy and sodas, using local, farm-sourced ingredients as the inspiration for flavors along with Mason's iconic creativity. Premium is an understatement. And is if all THAT weren't enough, they also donate five cents for each scoop purchased to the Food Bank for New York City: "Four scoops of ice cream will give someone in need a hot meal." And here, four scoops can go down in the blink of an eye. Like they say, "How amazing is that?"
175 Kent Avenue