Here's the Scoop on the 20 Coolest Ice Cream Parlors in NYC
I scream, you scream, we all scream.
It’s summer ☀️. It’s hot 😡. And we all want ice cream 🍧.
Sick of 16 Handles? Me neither.
..but are you ready to try something new? Maybe…?
Yeah? Well, former [current] Sixteen Handles enthusiast, here are the hottest (not actually) ice cream parlors of the moment, from hip ice cream tasting rooms to homey parlors with a “we milk the cows ourselves” kind of vibe. No matter what kind of cookies and cream you like, we’ve got you covered. Happy licking 🍦. (ew sorry)
Oddfellows Ice Cream
Now with two locations, the original in Williamsburg, and a new shop in the East Village, Oddfellows is one of the most popular spots in town for hip(ster) ice cream. The flavors are odd (go figure) and amazing, dreamt up by former wd-50 pastry chef Sam Mason.
175 KENT AVE, WILLIAMSBURG
75 EAST 4TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
The line out the door of this old fashioned parlor with new age flavors is a testament to the creamy deliciousness served at the counter of this LES favorite. Bring a friend and try the delectable banana split, or indulge in a scoop (or two) (or three) of interesting flavors like rose pepper cherry chocolate, mango passion, or Vietnamese coffee. If you go during the day, there’s a brightly colored mural across the street that will serve as a perfect backdrop for your #foodintheair instagram.
2 RIVINGTON STREET, LES
We all know and love Morgenstern’s ^^, but Brooklyn is where it all started. Morgenstern’s founder Nick paid the rent by making flavor at The General Greene restaurant in Brooklyn. And while he’s made quite a name for himself in Manhattan, his legacy (and recipes!) still live on in the General Greene’s new offshoot next door at Fort Grace. The shop is steps away from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the perfect treat after a summer stroll.
283 GREENE AVE, CROWN HEIGHTS
Big Gay Ice Cream
Salty Pimp, Gobbler, and America Blobs have become as ubiquitous vocabulary words as bodega, stoop, and verklempt for New Yorkers. What started as a truck is now a city-wide phenomenon. While many parlors are all about the cream, Big Gay ice cream is all about the toppings. Try one of the aforementioned soft serve combos if you have’t already, and you won’t be disappointed.
61 GROVE STREET, WEST VILLAGE
125 EAST 7TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
This parlor has been stood the test of time, and for good reason. Eddie’s serves up the old-fashioned goods – egg creams, shakes, malts, splits, you name it. If you find yourself in Forest Hills one evening, skip the nightcap and head here instead.
105-29 METROPOLITAN AVE, FOREST HILLS, QUEENS
Momofuku Milk Bar
The classic that needs no description. Cereal and milk will just never get old. There’s a new pink lemonade soft serve this season just begging to be tried.
251 EAST 13TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
15 WEST 56TH STREET, MIDTOWN
561 COLUMBUS AVE, UPPER WEST SIDE
220 8TH AVE, CHELSEA
382 METROPOLITAN AVE, WILLIAMSBURG
360 SMITH STREET, CARROLL GARDENS
246 MOTT STREET, NOLITA
74 CHRISTOPHER STREET, WEST VILLAGE
Dominique Ansel Kitchen
First there were cronuts, then cookie shots, now ice cream. Ansel does it all. At his latest shop in the West Village, he’s opened up a cute soft serve window, which offers two interesting concoctions served in house-made cones: burrata soft serve with balsamic caramel drizzle and smashed strawberries, and gianduja with hazlenut brittle, orange mist, and a pinch of sea salt. Drooling yet? Hustle over.
137 7TH AVE, WEST VILLAGE
Snow Days Shavery
Snow cream – the lovechild of shaved ice and ice cream – may not sound that revolutionary in theory, but once you taste the magic, you might never be able to go back to regular ice cream again. Get the famed bright blue yeti tracks and deck the halls with a myriad of Japanese toppings available: pocky, mochi, grass jelly, red bean paste, the works… there’s also seasonal fruit, crushed candy bars, and multiple types of cereal for your decorating pleasure. Be sure to instagram your creation – snow cream might just be the most photogenic frozen treat in all the land.
241 EAST 10TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
167 7TH AVE SOUTH, WEST VILLAGE
Ice & Vice
The first brick and mortar shop by the Vendy winning Brooklyn Bazaar favorite is already a huge summer hit on the Lower East Side. The clever names for the delicious combos are almost as fun to order as they are to eat. Try perennial favorites like Nuts of Wrath – with Marcona almonds and grape Kool-aid jam (?!), or a newer flavor like 9AM – doughnut truffle and Vietnamese coffee.
221 EAST BROADWAY, LES
An import from Milano, GROM always has lines and always impresses. The gelato is top notch, and the Greenwich Village location is perfectly situated across from a shady park to enjoy your scoops.
233 BLEECKER STREET, GREENWICH VILLAGE
1796 BROADWAY, MIDTOWN WEST
Ample Hills Creamery
The ever-popular Brooklyn parlor has a new location in Gotham West Market, where you can sample the made from scratch flavors like Snap, Mallow and Pop – a deconstructed rice krispie treat, or The Munchies, composed of pretty much everything.
600 11TH AVE, GOTHAM WEST MARKET, HELL’S KITCHEN
623 VANDERBILT AVE, PROSPECT HEIGHTS
305 NEVINS STREET, GOWANUS
PIER 5, BROOKLYN BRIDE PARK, DUMBO
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
This East Village parlor might have the best story in the ice cream game. Owner Mikey is an ex-con who served at Rikers. Right after he was released, he discovered a recipe for old school vanilla ice cream at his aunt’s house, and it all started from there. Try the classic vanilla (Ice, Ice Baby), or quadruple Chocolate Thunder, or Killer Bee, banana ice cream with honey swirls and pecans.
199 AVENUE A, EAST VILLAGE
MilkMade Tasting Room
MilkMade, popular ice cream subscription service, now has a standalone tasting room in Cobble Hill, offering up a sampling of their inventive flavors.
204 SACETT STREET
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Everyone’s favorite ice cream truck, from hipsters, to vegans, to ice cream fans in between (can we call them cone heads?). You can get your share of classic flavors as well as more interesting combinations like caramel curried nut and Sichuan peppercorn with cherry compote.
620 MANHATTAN AVE, GREENPOINT
81 BERGEN STREET, BOERUM HILL
48 1/2 EAST 7TH STREET, EAST VILLAGE
152 WEST 10TH STREET, WEST VILLAGE
TRUCKS PARKED AT BEDFORD AND NORTH 8TH AVE IN WILLIAMSBURG, PRINCE STREET AND GREENE STREET IN SOHO, UNIVERSITY PL AND 12TH STREET, UNIVERSITY PLACE
For the health conscious bore in your group (✋that’s me!), DF Mavens whips up sugar and dairy free flavors that actually taste…really, really good. All ice creams have an almond, soy, or coconut base, so everyone can enjoy a tasty frozen treat.
37 ST MARK’S PLACE, EAST VILLAGE
il Labortorio di Gelato
You know those people who feel the need to sample every freaking flavor known to man before ordering a cup of vanilla? Well, you’re about to become one, because you can’t help but try each and every one of the insane concoctions they whip up at this new age LES counter. Cassis? I’ll try it. Sambuca? Sure. Avocado? Duh. Wasabi? Bring it on. Thai Chili Chocolate? Yes, please. Sweet potato? I’ll dabble. Cheddar Cheese? Maybe…not. You should be ashamed if you walk out with a cup of vanilla.
188 LUDLOW STREET, LES
Brooklyn Bell’s The Local
Made from scratch, just how grandma would make it. (Your grandma makes ice cream?! That’s not fair…) This place is old school, run by a husband and wife whose goal was to bring the classics back into style, like maple butter pecan, vanilla, and chocolate. Doesn’t get much better than that.
843 CLASSON AVE, CARROLL GARDENS
Davey’s Ice Cream
Favorite among NYU students for its convenient location, snug quarters, and bomb flavors, you can’t go wrong at Davey’s. A major bonus option is to customize your own ice cream sandwich, from the cookie, to the ice cream, to the topping to roll it in. Go nuts…
137 1ST AVE, EAST VILLAGE