The concept of having a favorite place in the world is something I’ve been hearing my friends talk about lately. I was wondering to myself if I have one, and I realized I didn’t. I began questioning if there was something wrong with me not having one, and in an effort to assure myself there with nothing wrong with it, I told myself it must be that I just haven’t found that place yet – that’s why I need to become a travel writer so I can experience the world and find my place because there’s so much I have yet to see.
But then, I found it.
And it came to me so unexpectedly. I moved to New York City recently to begin graduate school at Columbia University. I wasn’t worried about hating the city because I used to visit my aunt in Manhattan all the time and I always loved it. What I didn’t realize, though, is just how meant for this place I am.
I never truly experienced Manhattan until I lived in it. Granted, I really haven’t been here that long so I’m not an expert on the city by any means, but I’ve fallen in love with it. There’s such an abundance of culture, always something to do or see, and of course, there’s all the food.
I moved in to the city a few days before orientation started, so I had a couple of days to myself to wander around, get my bearings and explore the city I now call home. On an impromptu trip to Chelsea Market one afternoon, I accidentally stumbled upon one of restaurants on my list of restaurants to try – Black Tap.
If you don’t know, Black Tap is known for their ridiculous milkshakes. And I use the word ridiculous here because that’s really the only way to describe them – they’re massive, elaborate and a dream come true for anybody who has a sweet tooth.
When I saw the restaurant, I stopped dead in my tracks. I tried to convince myself not to succumb to my sweet tooth craving, but then I decided I would just go in and take a look at their menu. Well, before I knew it I was sitting at the bar with a giant milkshake in front of me. Oops.
Of course, I had to get the cookie shake to satisfy my cookie monster cravings. This decadent shake is a vanilla frosted rim with cookie crumbles and topped with a “cookiewich,” crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. This shake was as sweet, rich and satisfying as it sounds. The milkshake part itself was a good consistency – not too think and not too thin. The flavor was just plain vanilla but there were some chocolate chips at the bottom to spruce it up. The cookiewich part of it was a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich, which was unnecessarily absurd when you think about it because you already have a giant milkshake and a cookie, but I was perfectly happen with this added indulgence. You’re already eating a monstrous milkshake, might as well eat a cookie ice cream sandwich while you’re at it. I preferred the cookiewich to the regular cookie that the milkshake came with, because it was an average chocolate chip cookie (I’m thinking it was store bought and not homemade). My favorite part about the whole experience, though, was the vanilla frosted rum with cookie crumbles. I was embarrassingly scrapping it off with my fork because it tasted like vanilla buttercream frosting, which is my weakness. As much as I enjoyed this shake, I couldn’t finish it. But that’s probably because I couldn’t contain myself and ordered some fries with it, as well.
I am a strong believer in having your sweet and salty together, so it was like I had to get fries. I obviously had no choice, especially when I saw they offered sweet potato fries. The fries already come with truffle aioli, but there are a variety of sauces you can add to your fries for $1 so I ordered the chipotle mayo. Honestly, I can’t tell you which sauce I enjoyed more. The chipotle mayo had a really nice kick to it, while the truffle aioli was the perfect level of flavor (I sometimes think truffle oil can be really overwhelming). As for the fries, they were perfectly crispy and seasoned. Sure, I probably ordered too much food, but I happily alternated between milkshake and fries so I could have my sweet and salty – yes, you can have it all.
The one question I got from all my friends when I told them about my experience was how much did the milkshake cost. The shake was priced at $15, which really isn’t that bad when you realize an ice cream cone costs about $7. This shake was massive so you definitely got your money’s worth with how filling it is. But this shake was also more than just your average scoop of ice cream on a cone – it was crafted and definitely an experience. The food overall wasn’t very pricey. My only complaint would be that the service is very average – maybe it was just my server but I felt like she needed a little more training. Black Tap also sells alcohol, so you can add some more fun to your shake if you so desire. But don’t worry, the restaurant is decorated kind of like a bar so you won’t feel weird drinking alcohol in a ice cream store. I normally don’t indulge in ridiculous desserts more than once, but if I were with friends who wanted to go I would happily get the cookie shake again.
248 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
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