Sundae Fundae is a labor of love by pastry chef Tanya Ponder. The menu, which is 50% vegan & 50% traditional, draws on Ms. Ponder’s decade of restaurant experience including some of NYC’s best such as Daniel, Marea and Jean-Georges. Flavors are updated seasonally and include classics such as Mint Cookies & Cream alongside more modern bespoke flavors like Banana Leaf & Spiced Mango.
The Mint Cookies and Cream is an oatmilk base infused with fresh mint leaves and studded with her housemade double chocolate cookie crumbs; the result is simultaneously refreshing, creamy, crunchy, vegan and gluten free. For the latter, an eggless ice cream featuring Battenkill Valley Dairy is infused with fresh banana leaves, studded with crunchy bits of morita chile brittle, and then swirled with mango-lime sorbet.
It’s creamy, crunchy, sweet and spicy all at once. Other popular flavors include Peanut Butter Miso Swirl, Lemon Confetti Cake, Salted Caramel Stracciatella, Astoria Blackout Cake and Rhubarb Hibiscus Crisp. Every week, Sundae Fundae features two vegan flavors and two dairy based flavors available in both pints and 4oz scoops.
In addition to the ice cream menu, Sundae Fundae also offers an assortment of cookies and pastries. The classic chocolate chip features brown butter from Kriemhild Farms along with fair trade dark and milk chocolate chunks. For vegan and gluten free choices, she offers Roasted Peanut Butter and Double Dark Chocolate Chip. The pastry line-up evolves seasonally as well.
There’s always an individually sized babka; currently it’s Raspberry-Rose, but she’s also known to offer Strawberry-Poppyseed and Chai-Spiced Chocolate among others. The crumb cake, which is gluten free and vegan, features seasonal housemade fillings such as strawberry-rhubarb jam or lemon curd and fresh local blueberries. Currently also on offer is a plant-based Sour Cherry Sticky Bun made with NY sour cherries and a traditional Ceylon Cinnamon Roll, made with organic and locally milled flour.
Currently, you can find the Sundae Fundae booth at the Down to Earth Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, at the corner of Manhattan Ave and 110th St, and on Sundays in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street, both from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM every weekend, excluding Labor Day and major Holidays.