Among ICE’s 1,500 recreational classes each year there is a unique program of walking tour classes that take students out into the streets and into restaurants. This past Saturday, ICE Instructor (and alum) Tia Cannon lead a class focusing on the comfort foods of the East Village.

The tour started the corner of E 7th St. and Ave. A, on the edge of Tompkins Square Park, and wound it’s way across the East Village and down into the Lower East Side, stopping at seven different stores and restaurants to sample their satisfying and indulgent treats. With a slight chill in the air, the weather was perfect for loading up on rich, decadent comfort foods.

The first stop was at Luke’s Lobster, owned by former lobsterman Luke Holden and expert maker of buttery, toasted lobster rolls. Other highlights included a visit to Crif Dogs for deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Pommes Frites for authentic Belgian fries and poutine and Spitzer’s Corner for a decadent truffle mac ‘n’ cheese.

Sweet treats along the way included cupcakes from Butter Lane, known for their seasonal, frosted-to-order cupcakes, compost cookies and black sesame soft-serve from Momofuku Milk Bar and, finally, classic brownies and buttercrunch from Roni-Sue’s Chocolate Shoppe. With so many snacks and samples consumed along the way, the crowd was glad to have walked the two-mile route to get some exercise.

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