Location & Vibe: Through the glass doors in the back of of beloved Ani Ramen on Newark Ave in Jersey City you will find a new kind of speakeasy, Luigi’s Ice Cream, serving up handcrafted scooped & rolled ice cream with unique flavors both boozy and non-boozy. The space is more of an ice cream shop rather than a dim lit lounge as you may expect with a typical speakeasy. But the exciting collaboration between Ani Ramen and Luigi’s is bringing new and creative flavors and pairings, such as Hennessy and pineapple ice cream. The team hopes to incorporate Japanese whiskies and sakes in future flavors.
Luigi’s is currently open Wednesday-Thursday 6PM to 10PM, Friday-Saturday 6PM to 12AM and Sunday 5PM-10PM. All ages are welcomed to order up at the ice cream counter and enjoy! However, don’t forget your ID, the alcohol infused flavors are for 21 and older.
Menu: The flavors rotate and at my visit the options for rolled ice cream were Frangelico Hazelnut Rocher, Horchata, Strawberry Tequila Rose, Godiva Dark Chocolate (boozy) and Cookie Monster, S’mores, Saturday Morning and Curious George (non-boozy). Hard ice cream flavors include Hennessy pineapple, cafe patron coffee chip, cereal milk, nutella, cookie butter, and pistachio. Bonus! There are plenty of fun toppings to add such as Fruity Pebbles and Oreo crunch. Plus, you can always add a shot of alcohol to the non-boozy flavors. Also available is an ice cream doughnut sandwich!
My dessert of choice was the rolled Godiva Dark Chocolate, which had Godiva Dark Chocolate liquor, chocolate cream, fudge brownie, and chocolate chip crunch. It’s always so fun to watch them mix and roll the ice cream and they incorporated the alcohol right in it! WOW was it rich! You could taste the alcohol but it was not overwhelming and by no means will it get you buzzed. This delicious treat will cost you $15.99 but it’s huge and totally worth it. I recommending splitting it with someone.
Final Ruling: The portions are large and prices are elevated, but like the neon sign says, go ahead and LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE with this fun, inventive and delicious ice cream!