Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls is Manhattan's premiere shaved ice shop. Authentically taken from New Orleans, IW Sno-Balls offer the best shaved ice experience north of the Mason Dixon line. We pride ourselves on using the freshest of ingredients, a New Orleans created shaver (Sno Wizard®), and pure Domino sugar cane in our syrups.
Neesa Peterson had her first Nectar Cream sno-ball at age 2 while growing up in New Orleans; She spent her prime sno-ball eating years in New Orleans before moving to Mobile, Al. After finishing college at Ole Miss, she left the South and its Sno-Balls for the Big Apple and a career in fashion. Before long, Neesa realized her attributes would be better exercised in an environment where she could combine, good food, good music, and good people. As storied as New York's culinary offerings are, she realized they did not partake in the same summertime experience that she was so fortunate to have in New Orleans. Sno-Balls meant the same to her now as they did then: refreshing, nostalgic, and delicious! After 4 years of living in New York City, she decided to bring New Orleans Sno-Balls to the East Coast and started Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls in June 2011.
All syrups are made from Domino pure cane sugar. Sugar free flavors are made from sorbitol and aspartame.
Sno-Balls are gluten free and do not contain peanut or peanut derivatives, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soybeans, fish or shellfish.
Customers can mix any two flavors with no extra charge.
Give us a call! We will bring our New Orleans-style sno-ball stand to you! Birthday parties, wedding receptions, office parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs – you name it, we'll do it! Sno-balls are the perfect party favor. We cater anywhere and everywhere.
Our services provide 10 flavors of your choice, ice, cups, straws, napkins, spoons and servers. All we need from you is a table and electricity. Also, our condensed milk and famous Chinese take-out pails are available at an extra cost.
(West 3rd and Bleeker)
Store Hours: 12-10pm Monday - Wednesday, 12-11pm Thursday - Sunday
BY SUBWAY: Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or V train to West 4th Street station. Exit on 6th Avenue and walk South until you reach the corner of Minetta Lane, then one block east to the corner of MacDougal and it is on the North side of the street up a few steps. Christopher St. 1, 2 or Houston 1, 2follow us on Twitter like us on Facebook
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