10Below Ice Cream, a New York-based company with five East Coast locations, debuted its first retail shop in Little Tokyo earlier this month. The creamery is inspired by Thai street food vendors that make ice cream to order by mixing an ice cream base with a variety of flavors on a cold plate, then rolling the freshly made treat into cylinders before serving.
At 10Below, that cold plate reaches temperatures below -10°F. Like ice cream shops that use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream to order, the rapid freeze time produces smaller ice molecules, supposedly creating a smoother texture without any artificial preservatives, emulsifiers, or stabilizers.
Order the rolls in set combinations like the Monkey Business with banana and Nutella, or get it stuffed in a waffle taco. Of course, in an effort to nab Instagram shares, they’ve got colorful walls and even a full-blown swing. 10Below Ice Cream is open from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from noon to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
10Below Ice Cream
232 E 2nd St