A couple weeks back, I made the trip to 16 Handles with my old roommate Crystal.Â If you aren’t familiar, 16 Handles is in the East Village on 2nd Ave between 9th and 10th.Â Unlike other fro-yo shops, 16 Handles gives you full control of making your sundae, and charges you by the weight, which is 46 cents per ounce.
When you walk in, you head to the back of the store and pick your size.Â I then was a little overwhelmed because there was 16 flavors to choose from, and my brain couldn’t process what combination I was going to create.Â So, I decided to sample a little bit of each flavor, grabbing peanut butter, coffee, vanilla and birthday cake.Â It was tough because a menu wasn’t available, and I didn’t think to check the Facebook page ahead of time to see the flavors and mentally prepare myself. Â I didn’t want to pass over a flavor for fear I wouldn’t like anything else down the line and have to awkwardly cut back in. Â Of the flavors I tried, I liked the peanut butter the best because it was the best creamy consistency.Â The coffee was too icy and very strong.Â The birthday cake was very sweet, but not as sweet as the Coldstone Creamery cake batter.Â Crystal noted that the original tart tasted more like fro-yo you would get at a place like Red Mango, as opposed to the vanilla.
For toppings, there was everything under the sun.Â You could choose from fruits like strawberries, bananas and pineapples, to brownie bits, candy, cookie dough and cereal.Â Heading in, I thought this was going to be a mess since patrons are encouraged to make their own sundae, but I was impressed how clean it was.Â Everything was organized and employees were watching over it to make sure toppings didn’t get mixed in with one another.
When it came time to pay, I was worried that per usual, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, but since I knew I was paying by the ounce, subconsciously I didn’t get too much.Â I can’t remember how much I paid (it was 46 cents an ounce), but I know it was at least $1 less than what I’d typically pay at Pinkberry or Red Mango.
I liked that I could control the portion size at 16 Handles and would return, but probably only if I was in the area. Â I’m perfectly content with vanilla yogurt and fruit toppings at any of the bazillion fro-yo places on the street, so I don’t think I need to go out of my way to head to 16 Handles. Â I’d warn you though that before walking in to the establishment, check out the Facebook page and find out the day’s flavors so you can mentally prepare yourself and figure out what you want to create, instead of having 5 flavors and about 15 toppings chucked in. Â However, if you are very indecisive and like a little bit over everything, this may be the place for you.The Basics Name: 16 Handles Location: 153 2nd Ave between 9th and 10th Who to bring: Friends Price: $ Overall: Liked in, but not dying to go back. Â 3.5 Stars.