Williamsburg gets its own Booza ice cream store

June 13, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
76 N. Fourth Street. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo

Republic of Booza will open in Brooklyn at 76 N. Fourth Street on Monday, according to The New York Times.

The ice cream store serves traditional Middle Eastern and Turkish ice cream, but also offers some experimental flavors. They have classic flavors such as pistachio, vanilla and strawberry, but their outside-the-box flavors include salted oreo, saffron peppercorn, black walnut and scorched earth.

“Booza” means ice cream in Arabic and has a particular “elasticity” only associated with ice cream from the Middle East. It’s made with ground orchid roots, known as salep, and a pounding technique used for freezing it. It’s one of the oldest known forms of ice cream and is also very resistant to melting.

The store serves cups or cones for $5.25 and pints for $10.