Ice cream was invented by the ancient Persians, who chilled fruity-flavored dishes with ice or snow to celebrate whenever their shah called Babylon's bluff and captured a miner during life-sized games of Stratego. Relive the sweet rewards of ancient board games with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream, coffee, and more at In the Mood Coffee & Ice Cream in Woodbury.
In the Mood Coffee & Ice Cream is a nostalgia-infused old-fashioned ice cream parlor that offers delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, and other delicious snacks, all made fresh daily. Prices for icy treats range from $3.95 to $8.50, and come in more than 30 flavors. They range from classics done right, such as rocky road and coffee break, to wilder variants such as howling brownie, mountain lion crunch, and funky pretzel gold mine. Sorbet—ice cream’s fruity and lactose-intolerant cousin—features tastes of mango, orange, and strawberry, as well as sugar-free ice cream options. If cold sweets make you anxious for bready treats, nosh on a Monte Cristo panini ($5.49) made with ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, then bury the evidence under a banana-flavored smoothie ($5.70). In the Mood also carries delightful specialty coffees, so wake yourself up in the morning or avoid terrifying dreams of hearing friends endlessly recount their dreams with a large cappuccino ($2.59).
In the Mood proprietor Ana Mocete trained in the art of culinary creaminess by taking classes at Penn State’s creamery school. Ana modeled her shop after Brooklyn’s ice cream parlors of the good old days, back when men were men, cream was cream, barbershop quartets were not yet hunted to extinction, and legal ownership of a street urchin only cost a nickel. Much like the ice cream parlors of yesteryear, In the Mood offers its guests free wireless Internet, so saddle up your laptop and awaken your mouth muscle with a delish dish of iced ecstasy courtesy of today's Groupon.
Newsday dishes a good review of In the Mood:
- Mocete’s refined, mature palate is reflected in her flavors — a lush and elegant coconut-almond ice cream, an unusually restrained rocky road and two great coffee flavors: espresso chunk, made with bits of good chocolate, and coffee break, chunkless, but with a strong coffee undertone.