Cool Mess opened up above Burger Heaven (same owners) on Lexington and 62nd Street (NYC)approximately three and a half weeks ago. Once I learned about it through a friend’s Facebook post, I was determined to get there as soon as possible. When it comes to ice cream, there’s no joking around for me. I literally planned a vacation to Vermont purely so I could go to the Ben & Jerry Factory.
I feel compelled to point out that in addition to Cool Mess, there is now Sprinkles Ice Cream, Dylan’s Candy, Forty Carrots, Pinkberry and A la Mode all within a short radius of each other. (Not that this ice cream freak is complaining. Good thing there is also a FlyWheel not too far away)
Cool Mess spoke to me even before we went inside. There’s a hot pink rope on the sidewalk which took me back to my good ‘ole check-in days when I worked in PR. The awnings and ceiling are covered in sprinkles. Greenlee especially enjoyed staring at the ceiling as I carried her up the flight of stairs.
The upstairs of Burger Heaven has been transformed into a fun and sweet ice cream and candy Shoppe.
It is totally my style with a bright wall painted hot pink with mirrored letters spelling out the name.
There’s also a neon sign and a neon hot pink ice cream cone. I was greeted by the best selfie mirror when I took Ian to the restroom. Good thing I hadn’t left my phone at the table with Scott and Greenlee.
I heard it was “make your own ice cream” which I ignorantly translated to the typical make your own ice cream sundaes. Clearly I wasn’t being imaginative enough. There’s a Cuisinart ice cream maker on each table and you select your base flavor (vanilla for Ian) as well as three ingredients (again Ian picked strawberries, Oreo cookie crumble and cookie dough)
You have the opportunity to go as crazy as you want with rainbow sprinkles which are conveniently in a canister on every table. In approximately eight minutes or so, your ice cream is ready to be served and eaten.
Our server asked if we wanted whipped cream and presented us with a can.
If making ice cream is not your thing, you can order directly from the counter. The Shoppe also offers red velvet, vanilla and other flavored specialty cones, along with big cookies and Fat Witch Brownies. Everything looked scrumptious!
And if that’s not enough, there’s a fridge with Cookie Do, as well as tons of candies to purchase.
All you fries lovers can rejoice because it is possible to order off of Burger Heaven’s normal food menu too.
We had a fun time and left very satisfied. I do wish there was an elevator for families with strollers and youngsters who aren’t always the best at navigating stairs. While they tried, the service was a bit awkward, which I am chalking up to them only being in business less than a month. There were no tables for four available and we were aimlessly waiting until my husband announced we would sit at a table set for two that would be large enough to accommodate us. Our waiter didn’t bring out our bowls and spoons until after our ice cream was completely finished being made.
We received compliments on our ice cream shirts which they expressed interest in selling at the store. (Baseball hats, shirts, mugs and other non-edible merchandise are also for sale) Meanwhile, now I want to buy the Cuisinart ice cream maker at Sur La Table so we can continue to make ice cream creations at home.
I award Cool Mess four out of five scoop.