This NYC ice cream parlor is famous for wild flavors - it's surviving the pandemic by catering to Jewish customers


February 12, 2021

Shira Feder

Bruce Becker behind the counter at Max and Mina's.

NEW YORK (JTA) - On a frosty Tuesday in January, Mark Becker strode into Max and Mina's ice cream shop holding a netted green bag filled with fresh oranges. 

"Maybe he's making orange ice cream," his brother Bruce said from behind the counter.

Max and Mina's flavors tend to change with the seasons, the Jewish holidays and the Becker brothers' moods. Winter doesn't stop the experimentation.

"I'm using all of it, even the peel," Mark Becker said firmly, swinging the bag over his shoulder and vanishing into the back of the Queens store.

Since 1997, Max and Mina's has become famous for its cre...

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