175 Kent Avenue
Winter: Tuesday to Thursday 1 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 to 11 p.m., Sunday 1 to 10 p.m. Closed Monday. Summer: Monday to Thursday 1 to 11 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon to 11 p.m.
Photo by Dominic Perri
Sam Mason’s post–wd~50 career has seen the former pastry chef delving into savory territory at Tailor before decamping to Brooklyn to own a bar, start a badass mayonnaise company, and, now, scoop adventurous ice cream flavors for the people. Mason's balance of playfulness and edge sure hasn't blunted — at OddFellows Ice Cream Co. he doles out a mix of scoop shop classics and daring flavor profiles. Butterscotch takes a hit from earthy, salty, fermented miso bolstered by chunks of sweet cherries. A sweet-and-savory master, Mason stocks his cold cases with an ever-changing roster of ten flavors — ice creams like miso cherry, extra-virgin olive oil, milk chocolate with pretzels and peanut butter, and manchego-pineapple-thyme ice cream, not to mention raspberry pink peppercorn sorbet. Listed on the menu under specials you can find caramelized-onion ice cream covered in sea salt, and raisin caramel with walnut topping. The chef gets similarly whimsical with the shop's sundaes (caramel corn, anyone?). In a nod to soda jerks of old, staffers wear snazzy aprons and paper caps — though even the vintage duds feel fresh when the person wearing them is handing over a scoop of creamy, frozen foie gras.
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