PLAN DATE: WEDS / JUL. 18
Serving up authentic baba-nyonya (a combination of Chinese and Malaysian cuisine), Kopitiam is a small, but massively satisfying hidden gem on the Lower East Side that proves bigger isn’t necessarily better. Inside these cozy quarters is some gorgeous design with exposed brick walls, weathered turquoise picnic tables, scattered pops of color throughout, and even a working pink payphone that’s as functional as it is fun. That said, you’re here for the food first and foremost. Paired with one of their traditional Malaysian drinks—like ice bandung (with Malaysian rose syrup and condensed milk) or Malaysian BOH seri songket flavored tea—you’ll no doubt be wowed by their ikan bakar (charcoal grilled stingray), spicy stir fried duck tongue, and otak otak (grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaves).
Once you’re good and satisfied, spoil yourselves some more at Ice & Vice. An experimental ice cream shop, Ice & Vice is all about going full-tilt on the unexpected, with flavors ranging from their seasonal open bar, like Bee’s Knees (jasmine, honey, and Greenhook Ginsmiths bee pollen) and Frosé (raspberry, rose, and White Girl rosé rhubarb), to their basics, like Tea Dance (Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, and salted caramel) and Opium Den (white sesame, toasted poppy seed, and lemon bread crouton). And yes, you can totally order an impossibly layered cone with a mish-mash of flavors—if only to say you made the valiant attempt.
Lower East Side
151 East Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: Be sure to try something sweet, like their rainbow sticky rice or milky rose lychee mochi.
Ice & Vice
221 East Broadway, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re ever celebrating a birthday (or if you’re just craving an ice cream cake for yourselves), their Milk Money ice cream pie is your new best friend.