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Famous Portland Ice Cream Maker to Open Two Shops in NYC
April 17, 2024, 10:30.24 pm ET


Photos: Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw, one of the country’s most famed ice cream makers based in Portland, OR, will open its first two Manhattan scoop shops in the West Village (540 Hudson St) and Upper West Side (360 Amsterdam Ave) this summer.

To celebrate the openings, Salt & Straw is hosting two pop-ups next week:

On Thursday April 25th from 5-7pm, Salt & Straw will be serving ice cream floats with their limited-time Passionfruit Yuzu Mochi Donuts & Whey Curd ice cream flavor, at Brooklyn Brewery. This flavor appears on Salt & Straw’s Upcycled Food Series menu this month in partnership with Spare Foods Co, and features their Spare Tonic Passion Fruit & Yuzu.

On Friday April 26th from 1-3pm Salt & Straw chef and co-founder Tyler Malek will serve ice cream outside of their soon-to-be West Village shop (540 Hudson Street). He will serve some of Salt & Straw’s most iconic flavors and will give New Yorkers a first look at their newest flavor, Pistachio & Ricotta Cannoli. Scoops will be sold for $1, with proceeds going to Hot Bread Kitchen, the nonprofit that creates economic opportunity through careers in food.

Salt & Straw was co-founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek in 2011 as a small ice cream cart in Portland, Oregon focused on connecting with the community, which is a value they still maintain more than 12 years later. With a significant fan base in New York City — Salt & Straw hosted a sold-out pop-up last summer with lines around the block and collaborated with NYC chefs like James Beard-nominated Mary Attea (Musket Room) and Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern) to create limited-time flavors — the forthcoming openings are an exciting milestone for the brand.

The company is known for its classics like Double Fold Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel Ribbons, and Pear & Blue Cheese, along with unconventional ingredients such as Turkey Stuffing & Cranberry Sauce, Chocolate Potato Salad, and Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters made with real bugs.