NYC Ice Cream Shops
Here's the scoop, the right scoop, stick, sandwich—it's the ice cream shops you'll need to tell all of your friends about!
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Gelato on a stick. Do you really need to know more? Oh, heck yeah, there is! You've got to try out their new popwich. It's like an upscale take on the old school ice cream sandwich and its on a stick. Man, it's awesome.
Ample Hills Creamery
Fan Favorite Flavor: The Hell's Kitchen Sink—duh, cause it has Guinness in it! (yeah, it's way yummy!)
MY Favorite Flavor: Salted Crack Caramel
Gotham West Market 600 11th Avenue, NYC 10036
Seriously, shaved ice has never tasted so good. It's like it's filled with magic and then precisely topped with fixings to your liking. It's heaven!
Insider's tip: go on a weekday, the line is far shorter.
167 7th Ave S, NYC 10014
**There are multiple locations. This is the one I visited.
Ice & Vice
"We like flavors that punch you in the face" - Ken / Co-Founder
Fan Favorite Flavor: Milk Money $$$. It's a toasted milk ice cream with sea salt dark chocolate ganache that tastes like caramel and dulce de leche with a salty dark chocolate finish.
Most Out-There Flavor to Date: Nuts of Wrath. It's a Marcona almond ice cream with a grape Kool-Aid jam—our take on peanut butter and jelly. We grew up eating it and drinking Kool-aid. It made sense to us to meld the two together. But we did kick it up a notch and bring a sophisticated sensibility by using Marcona almond instead of peanut. The Marcona almond really brings about a wonderful savoriness to counter the whimsy of the grape Kool-Aid.
Is there an exciting new flavor coming out that I have to come back for? Because it's summer, a lot of our customers having been requesting fruit flavors—we're really excited to accept that challenge! We're working on a few 'fruit inspired' recipes and are really excited to see what our customers think! You should definitely come back for that.
MY Favorite Flavor(s): Such a toss up!! The coffee lover in me is immediately in love with 9AM but then that Opium Den though. Goodness, the poppy seeds in it are incredible!
221 East Broadway, NYC 10002
Morganstern's Finest Ice Cream
With a constant line wrapping out their door and down the block, one may wonder, "is it worth it". I can't tell you in a more earnest tone, it so is! The flavors are incredible. It's no fuss or muss, just awesome uniquely crafted ice cream flavors. It's one of my no-brainer favorite shops.
2 Rivington St, NYC 10002
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Fan Favorite Flavor(s): Southern Hospitality: Pecan pie ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie chunks, Foxy Brown: mocha ice cream with crushed Oreos and a sea salt caramel swirl. Our flavors of the monthly are also extremely popular since they are limited.
Most Out-There Flavor to Date: We've done a few collaborations with restaurants that have been a bit untraditional. We did a custom flavor for the 'Black Tree' called 'the beetles" which was beet ice cream with a goat cheese swirl and praline pecans. For 'Sweet Chick' maple ice cream with sliced bacon pieces. We tend to create more savory desserts when doing this kind of ice cream. All flavors are curated by Mikey.
Is there an exciting new flavor coming out that I have to come back for? We often have a 'Flavor in your Ear' which is a guest flavor that we randomly introduce.
MY Favorite Flavor: Pretty In Pink. I've never much-loved strawberry ice cream but making it with macerated strawberries in balsamic vinegar with freshly cracked pepper makes it insanely delicious!
199 Avenue A, NYC 10009
Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co.
Fan Favorite Flavor: Buttermilk Honey Blueberry and Lemon Merengue Pie
Most Out-There Flavor to Date: That’s in the eye of the consumer, but probably anything with booze or meat such as Absinthe Chocolate Chip, Gin & Berry’s, or Chorizo Caramel Swirl or Foie Gras. Or maybe Caramelized Onion?
Is there an exciting new flavor coming out that I have to come back for? We’re always coming out with new flavors and the most exciting new one is yet to be thought of! Fall flavors are always great - Look for some more beer ice cream flavors in the fall. And, maybe a Cola flavor!
MY Favorite Flavor: Thai Iced Cream. It tastes exactly like a Thai Iced Tea and it's incredible. PS. Of course, that wasn't the only cone I had. Pairing the Thai Iced Cream with Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a must!
75 East 4th Street, NYC 10003
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Fan Favorite Flavor: Honeycomb for sure!
Most Out-There Flavor to Date: Basil & Black Pepper, as well as Black Sticky Rice that actually became one of our favorites.
Is there an exciting new flavor coming out that I have to come back for? We have a Passionfruit flavor in the works! WE are all super excited for this one.
MY Favorite Flavor: I have to agree with the fans, the honeycomb is amazing. Every time I get that crunch in my bite I get so excited! It sounds silly, but try it, you'll see what I mean.
152 West 10th Street, NYC 10014
Having fun with your food has been taken to a whole new —up to the clouds, that is! What's better than ice cream? Ice cream with cotton candy and every imaginable topping you could dream up! It's so fun, playful and, duh, delicious!
109B Lafayette St, NYC 10013