It's sort of embarrassing to admit this, but up until the other day I had never had a shaved ice. I'd done this insane advanced yoga class and even though it was already early evening the humidity had not lifted - walking through the East Village was more akin to swimming in warm soup.
It seemed the only antidote to this was a shaved Ice from the new (ish) People's Popshack on East 7th by First Ave. I choose the Sweet Rhubarb syrup to go on my ice, it was tasty but not really redolent of rhubarb.
Really the appeal to a Shaved Ice is sucking on the frozen shards as you walk down the street. By the time I was finished my mouth was frozen and I'd forgotten all about the weather.
And if you aren't in the mood for a shaved ice they have a great selection of market driven Popsicles!
Urbanfoodguy aka Mark Owen Self taught cook with an environmental/political bent. 28 years of cooking experience. I live in Manhattan on the Lower East Side in an apartment with an amazing kitchen thanks to my partner of 21 + years, Neil. In the last 4 years I have focused more and more on food. It started at the same time as I was about to open up my import/retail business LaoLao Handmade. Over these years I have been a private chef, catering and 4 years of Food Styling. I've worked for most of the major food magazines such as : Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. Check out this site for some photos of my work. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network with Bobby Flay and Paula Dean.