This cozy little cafe in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is most famous for its decadent triple layer chocolate cake, but during my most recent visit, I was on a mission to try one of its ice cream sandwiches, hailed by Serious Eats as one of NYC’s top 10 ice cream sandwiches in an article written back in 2008.
My plan was nearly derailed by the complimentary mini scoop of Valrhona chocolate sorbet, placed before us soon after we were seated. Not only did I devour my own little scoop within seconds, but my friend, seeing how much I was in love with this sorbet, kindly let me devour his scoop as well. If I had not been so determined to try an ice cream sandwich, I most definitely would have ordered a full scoop of this rich, smooth, deeply bitter chocolate treat. I am a self-proclaimed dark chocolate lover, so this was absolutely heavenly.
I stayed the course and ordered the banana rum ice cream sandwich layered between two milk chocolate peanut butter cookies. I wasn’t sure if the ice cream sandwiches were still being offered because they were not listed on the menu, but I asked the server and she said they did have them, for $4 each. So, if you don’t see them on the menu, don’t panic, just ask!
I really wanted to love this sandwich because I love peanut butter, I love bananas, and I love the idea of ice cream sandwiches, but I found the combination of the buttery cookies and the sweet ice cream to be too rich for me. I’m thinking that I might just have a low tolerance for sweets, which makes me sad, because desserts are so beautiful. I could have eaten one cookie or one scoop of ice cream, but together (with not one but two cookies), it was sugar overload. The cookies themselves are pretty good – heavy on the peanut butter, which I like. I could have done without the milk chocolate bits, though. The ice cream had a nice banana flavor, which was unfortunately a bit overwhelmed by the sugar content. I definitely preferred the sweetness of the chocolate sorbet.
That being said, if you love sweets, you most likely will love this ice cream sandwich. This was a high quality creation, and with rotating flavor combinations, you’re sure to find something satisfying.
I know that next time, I’m going straight for the Valrhona chocolate sorbet, and I’m probably going to have to get another pint to take home with me. I’d sleep well knowing that a spoonful of that sinfully delicious sorbet was just a few steps away in my freezer.
The Chocolate Room also offers plenty of other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They have a whole case of beautiful chocolates from Knipschildt Chocolatier, as well as chocolate fondue, chocolate pudding, brownie sundaes, custard, and ice cream floats.