Ample Hills Creamery

Ice Cream Shop

With a name chosen from a Walt Whitman poem that remembers Brooklyn as farm land, Ample Hills Creamery's focus on the borough’s roots foster a nostalgia that can even be seen in the ice cream flavors. Owners Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna create their ice cream the old-fashioned way, slowly, by hand, and with love. Although they’re serious about their craft, their flavors are nothing short of fun and creative. In their Market Line location, Ample Hills will bring nostalgic flavors that reflect the tradition and history of the Lower East Side.

Get to Know: Ample Hills Creamery

Brian Smith & Jackie Cuscuna

Owners

Ample Hills Creamery takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem, "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry". How does it feel to be in Manhattan for the first time at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge? Do you think this location was meant to be?

Absolutely! Bridges are magical places...they are points of transport, of travel, and they capture the imagination because they literally take us places. In this case, it’s right over the East River!

You make all your ice cream from scratch as well as your various mix-ins like pistachio brittle, peppermint patties, and honeycomb candies. What inspires your nostalgic flavor combinations?

Time machines! We are always looking for flavors to transport us back in time to when we were kids having ice cream for the first time.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

A great melting pot of people, ideas, culture, and food!

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

Best thing about NYC: The food and the people!
Worst thing about NYC: The crowds and traffic.

What is your earliest food memory?

Having ice cream at Swensen's.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

Besides ice cream, we have to go with another dairy favorite—cheese!

Preferred method of transportation:

RV (although it can be tough to do in NYC).

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

Without a doubt, heavy cream.

Ample Hills Creamery takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem, "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry". How does it feel to be in Manhattan for the first time at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge? Do you think this location was meant to be?

Absolutely! Bridges are magical places...they are points of transport, of travel, and they capture the imagination because they literally take us places. In this case, it’s right over the East River!

You make all your ice cream from scratch as well as your various mix-ins like pistachio brittle, peppermint patties, and honeycomb candies. What inspires your nostalgic flavor combinations?

Time machines! We are always looking for flavors to transport us back in time to when we were kids having ice cream for the first time.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

A great melting pot of people, ideas, culture, and food!

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

Best thing about NYC: The food and the people!
Worst thing about NYC: The crowds and traffic.

What is your earliest food memory?

Having ice cream at Swensen's.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

Besides ice cream, we have to go with another dairy favorite—cheese!

Preferred method of transportation:

RV (although it can be tough to do in NYC).

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

Without a doubt, heavy cream.

Ample Hills Creamery takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem, "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry". How does it feel to be in Manhattan for the first time at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge? Do you think this location was meant to be?

Absolutely! Bridges are magical places...they are points of transport, of travel, and they capture the imagination because they literally take us places. In this case, it’s right over the East River!

You make all your ice cream from scratch as well as your various mix-ins like pistachio brittle, peppermint patties, and honeycomb candies. What inspires your nostalgic flavor combinations?

Time machines! We are always looking for flavors to transport us back in time to when we were kids having ice cream for the first time.

When I think of the Lower East Side, I think of…

A great melting pot of people, ideas, culture, and food!

Best thing about NYC and worst thing about NYC:

Best thing about NYC: The food and the people!
Worst thing about NYC: The crowds and traffic.

What is your earliest food memory?

Having ice cream at Swensen's.

What’s the one food you can’t live without?

Besides ice cream, we have to go with another dairy favorite—cheese!

Preferred method of transportation:

RV (although it can be tough to do in NYC).

What is your most essential ingredient in the kitchen?

Without a doubt, heavy cream.