The chalkboard outside Karloff in Cobble Hill makes a bold claim – “Best Ice Cream in Brooklyn.” In a neighborhood that is home to both Blue Marble and Van Leeuwen, the ice cream bar has been set high. When I met two friends there for cold drinks and ice cream, I was skeptical that Karloff could stand up to its more popular competitors and was pleasantly surprised when it did.
I tried the date rosewater and beet dill flavors – mostly because they were flavors I’d never seen on an ice cream menu. They were both amazingly delicious. The date rosewater tasted like Indian kulfi – a favorite of mine – and the beet dill was surprisingly mouthwatering even though its ingredients are more often found in salads than frozen desserts.
The ice cream at Karloff – described on the menu as “artisanal upstate farm ice cream” – is made by Jane’s Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley. Karloff sells 16 flavors at any given time and has an amazing selection of both traditional flavors – like chocolate – and more unique ones , such as licorice, prune armagnac, coconut almond joy, and apricot orange blossom.
They also have homemade pretzel cones which I didn’t try, but imagine would be irresistible to anyone looking for that perfect combination of salty and sweet. Is Karloff’s ice cream the best in Brooklyn? I think so, but you’ll have to try it too and let us know what you think.
Visit Karloff at 254 Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.