I love the atmosphere in Lula's, which is a quaint, friendly, old-time soda fountain shop. It truly feels like a throwback to a simpler, nicer era, and that's something I haven't encountered often in my travels. The first time I walked in, I was greeted by the sight of a kid coloring with crayons (Lula herself, I discovered) and neighbors chatting with the lovely owners Blythe and Derick. They already have regulars and I became one of them during my short trip to New York.
I was astounded by the creamy, rich flavors of their ice creams, which are predominantly made of cashews (something you don't see very often). All of the flavors seemed perfectly balanced and could be mixed and matched to make a killer sundae (with your choice of toppings). I especially like the S'more ice cream, which had a great array of textures (especially with the pieces of graham cracker crust) and flavors, without seeming over-powering or industrially-assembled like the s'mores you get in boxes from the supermarket.
Their "egg creme" was also remarkable; it's a spritzer drink made with rice milk, chocolate and something else. I thought it was delicate and smooth, with an unusual bubbly nature; it wasn't overly-sweet, either, which I loved.
They also have soft-serve and some cookies and brownies.
Lula's is the perfect dessert spot in the East Village, but I found myself going there just to try new flavors and sundaes and drinks, at all times of the day. I also greatly enjoyed talking to the friendly owners. If you're in New York, Lula's is not to be missed.