Wooly’s Ice, winner of the 2011 Vendy Award for Best Dessert, recently ventured up to midtown for Hester Nights. Last year their stand was located in Chinatown, but this year, they have relocated to the South Street Seaport.
Coming up to the courtyard of the Eventi Hotel on 6th Ave between 29th & 30th St was perfect for an after-work snack of Taiwanese shaved ice. So what exactly is Taiwanese shaved ice?
Taiwanese shaved ice starts with a big block of flavored ice. At Hester Nights they only had original, which is flavored with condensed milk. At other times, they might have strawberry, mango or green tea flavored ice.
The block of ice then goes through an ice shaver little by little, which turns it into extremely fine shavings.
After the ice is shaved into a cup, they put on fruit or other toppings, then a sauce. My fruit choices were blueberries, strawberries or frozen grapes. I went for strawberries and frozen grapes, which sounded intriguing.
The sauces available were chocolate, strawberry, mango and sea salt leche, which is their top seller. I went for the top seller, which is made with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and a touch of sea salt. I also asked for a little strawberry sauce as well.
The final product has the consistency of freshly fallen snow. Add strawberries, frozen grapes (which were great), and creamy, sweet leche sauce on top, and you have a light, refreshing and delicious dessert.
The menu has 2 sizes – Wooly for $5 and Mammoth for $7. The prices include all toppings.
It doesn’t get much better than Wooly’s Ice for helping get you through the dog days of summer. Best Dessert indeed!