Drop the Mic Ice Cream Factory brings boozy, savory treats to the East Village

The mic has dropped on the downtown dessert scene.

Chika Tillman, the founder and pastry chef at East Village dessert hotspot ChikaLicious Dessert Bar (203 E. 10th St.), is mixing things up with a new weekday pop-up, Drop the Mic Ice Cream Factory, open Monday-Wednesday from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

For 13 years, Tillman has been serving a three-course menu at her dessert bar, always starting with a creative amuse bouche.

“It’s a little tiny portion [of ice cream] so we can really play around. If it’s too aggressive or interesting or not familiar, it’s only two bites so people just finish it,” she said. “We tease them with that first flavor. We do interesting flavors like tomato and basil, jasmine with honey … flavors [guests] probably didn’t taste before.”

Melissa Kravitz