It seems as though 2016 is the year of Thai rolled ice cream for Philly, what with Sweet Charlie's opening in Washington Square and, per a tip Eater received today, I.CE.NY opening in Chinatown Square, the colossal 24-hour food hall coming to 1016-1018 Race Street.
For the unfamiliar, Thai rolled — or "smashed" — ice cream is a made-from-scratch preparation where ice cream's base ingredients get poured directly onto a colder-than-ice plate, where it quickly gets mixed with toppings and flavors, simultaneously freezing to a smooth, creamy texture in seconds. Video here:
Update: April 8, 1:07 p.m. I.CE.NY Philly (pronounced "icy") will open sometime between late May and Early June, and hours are projected to go from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. This will be the first American location outside of New York City, but following close behind are two more locations in Atlanta and Los Angeles. I.CE.NY bills themselves as "the original Thai rolled ice cream", with over 250 locations (by a different moniker, though the same company) already killing it across southeast Asia.