There is nothing better than savoring something cold and sweet on a perfect sunny day but surely, we have all indulged in our favorite frozen treat during the cold winter seasons. After all, ice cream is the ultimate comfort food and should be devoured all year round. Luckily, we've got you covered with our list to the best ice cream shops in NYC.
For daring and adventurous foodies, head to Sundaes and Cones; a charming, old-fashioned ice cream shop that offers more than just the traditional flavors we’ve come to expect. Going far beyond Vanilla and Chocolate, Sundaes and Cones is dishing out Asian inspired flavors that are unusual, bold and amazingly delicious. Flavors include Ginger, Red Bean, Green Tea, Black Sesame, Lychee, Taro, Corn, Avocado and Wasabi.
Hidden among discount clothing shops and hipster bars on the Lower East Side is Il Laboratorio del Gelato, a gourmet ice cream parlor. Il Laboratorio del Gelato was born with the idea, as their name suggests, of being a custom “lab” where chefs can come together to develop unique flavors. Today, there is a rotating array of 200 irresistible gelatos and sorbets, all handmade on premise, in small batches and made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Since 1978, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has been serving up ice cream in exotic and intense flavors such as Almond Cookie, Black Sesame, Chinese Egg Custard and Durian. By adding an exotic Chinese twist to America’s most popular dessert, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has proven to be an success as they stand to be one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses and is often referred to as an unofficial landmark.
The fact that inspiration for this new ice cream shop came from its pregnant co-owner’s food cravings explains a lot. Let’s just say, she had strange cravings and savory ice cream flavors were one of them. At OldFellows Ice Cream Co., you will find wacky flavor combinations like Chorizo Carmel Swirl, Tobacco Leaf Smoked Chili Huckleberry and Rose Raspberry with Pink Peppercorn. Along with its old-fashioned soda fountain vibe, Oldfellow’s ice cream continuously delights us with its kooky and inventive flavors.
When the first American outpost of this popular Italian geleteria opened up in New York City, foodies from all over lined up to finally get a taste of their famed gelato. What they found was authentic and rich tasting gelato in a multitude of flavors not found anywhere else. What makes Grom stand out is their obsession with authenticity and excellence in flavor. Grom uses all-natural flavoring, which includes owning an organic farm in Italy where they grow most of their fruits in which they use in their sorbets.
It started out as a single Artisan ice cream scoop truck in 2008. Today, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream has grown to six trucks and three stores around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Their formula for success is simple; make delicious ice cream from scratch using only fresh hormone and antibiotic free milk and cream, cane sugar, egg yolks and the best fruits, chocolates, spices and nuts from small producers locally and around the world.
The ice cream magicians at Emack & Bolio are continuously wowing us with new and exciting flavors, all inspired by a number of different sources, from customers, ethnic grocery stores to dessert chefs. The end result is always unique and outrageous flavor combinations. They have a wide variety of cones as well, try their chocolate dipped waffle cone rolled in shaved coconut or their Marsh’mellow covered cone.
Amorino offers Italian gelato, served with a spatula, just steps away from Washington Square Park. What makes Amorino unique is its unlimited flavor choice, and the many different ways you can eat your gelato – choose from in a cup, sandwiched between a sweet Italian brioche (focaccina), or in a waffle cone where your gelato is beautifully shaped into a flower, with one flavor per petal.