We had seen liquid nitrogen used by chefs on television, but had never seen it used in person.
Lulu & Mooky's, a "mad scientist-like" place where custom ice cream is made under 3 minutes, was just the spot to watch this novelty in action.
We were exploring the lower east side of the city and, after reading about Lulu & Mooky's on Chubby's New York Food Diary, decided to check it out.
Lulu & Mooky's, named after the owner's daughters, is a small storefront. There are plenty of flavor available in different forms: real fruit, dried herbs, and tons of bottled flavorings.
We were overwhelmed by the long list of flavors (making 10,000 possible combinations) - and despite being tempted by the more unusual flavors (e.g. hot sauce), opted for real strawberries with basil.
To make the ice cream, strawberries, cream, dried basil, and liquid nitrogen are all added together into the mixer.
Like a magic show, here was the dramatic before shot...
And now the reveal...Strawberry-Basil ice cream ($5.50). It took less than 3 minutes to make and the end result was creamy and buttery. The basil flavor was very mild and we think it would be stronger if fresh herbs were used. Overall, we prefer the more saturated taste of gelato made from fresh ingredients and for the same price, would rather have a small cup of gelato from Grom.
If you're looking for something unusual or different, the whole experience is a fun show - especially for kids and kids at heart.
Lulu & Mooky's is located at 129 Allen St. (at Rivington St) in NYC.