People: JT, Sash, Eric and myself
Feelings: Why eat lunch when you have deli-inspired dessert sandwiches? There is nothing better than devouring an ice cream sandwich for Friday lunch. When you visit Smush, the new "NY Deli of Desserts" located right across the street from Bryant Park, a major sugar coma will await you. This new establishment serves ice cream sandwiches that resembles New York's savory staples and sports a penguin mascot named Smushy. Cute.
The decor is bright, service and music are upbeat, and some attractive ladies are ready to create their tasty ice cream concoctions. They call this deli? I thought. There are just too many cheerful, beautiful people behind the counter to call this place a deli.
My "Chocolate Covered Struben" (two chocolate chunk cookies, marshmallow spread, peanut butter spread, kettle cooked potato chips, vanilla ice cream) had a delicious flavor combination. The salty and crunchy chips balanced out the creamy sweetness. It got quite messy towards the end, and the small wet nap that accompanied the ice cream plate did not do justice.
Sash thoroughly enjoyed the first half of "Peanut butter & Yummy" (two peanut butter cup cookies, sliced bananas, peanut butter spread, marshmallow spread, chocolate ice cream). Eric liked his "Strawberry on Rye" (two French toast cookies, caramel spread, sliced fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream). "The consistency of the "cheese" (fudge) was cool," he said. "Nice fresh strawberries. I really enjoyed the first half before it started to melt."
At $5.95, the portions are rather large. Don't forget: instead of bread, there are two chocolate, peanut butter or French toast cookies. Instead of cheese, you'll see fudge, marshmallow, caramel spreads and/or fruits. Substituting meat is of course, ice cream. This is not for the faint of heart as there is absolutely nothing light about this indulgence. As we finished our ice cream sandwiches, we were completely stuffed and slightly regretted finishing the entire sandwiches. We sat at the park bench without being able to move or talk for good five minutes. Sharing is the key to enjoying this sinful yet delightful gratification.