Last summer Bob and Nancy Mino purchased the Dari Delite, an old-fashioned ice cream stand in Ohio City. Now called the Ohio City Ice Cream Co., the sweets shop is introducing a brand new product line.
In addition to the customary soft-serve category, Bob Mino prepares approximately 20 varieties of high-quality hand-packed ice cream. Sorbets, egg custards and soon gelatos will also join the party.
"This has been a neighborhood walk-up ice cream stand for 55 years," Mino says of the shop at Bridge and W. 44th Street. "I've had multiple people tell me that they got their first ice cream cone here while buying their son or daughter their first cone. It's pretty cool."
Mino said he wouldn't dare kill off the popular chocolate, vanilla and strawberry soft-serve ice cream cones that have been pleasing neighbors for generations. He just wants to offer more variety and better quality for those who desire it.
New flavors include a creamy mango sorbet, crunchy baklava with orange blossom, and delicious coconut almond fudge that tastes exactly like an Almond Joy candy bar. Fun-size kiddie cones and dog-safe desserts are also new to the mix.
Mino has beefed up outdoor seating and plans other structural improvements.
As for the cold weather, Mino says "it's just one of those things. Weather determines the walk-up ice cream business."