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Ice Cream NYC: Nine Sweet Shops To Visit This Summer

Jul 07, 2015 02:54 PM EDT
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There's nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day. Now that the season is in full swing and the temperatures are borderline unbearable, we've rounded up our favorite ice cream spots in New York City, so you can enjoy a scoop, sundae or shake whenever you're in the mood for a sweet treat.

Keep reading to see our favorite ice cream shops, and get ready to indulge. 

1. Jacques Torres 


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Jacques Torres is famous for his hand-crafted chocolate products, including bon-bons, hot chocolate and candy bars. In 2009, Torres expanded his operations to include ice cream and now sells the dessert at his Dumbo and Grand Central Station locations. Torres offers ice cream sundaes and cones, in addition to sandwiches made with his famous chocolate chip cookies. 

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 718.875.1269 

2. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 


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Ice cream probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Chinatown, but one shop in the area has been serving the summertime treat for decades. In addition to classics like strawberry, chocolate chip and oreo ice cream, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory also offers a slew of less-conventional flavors, such as black sesame, durian, which is an Asian fruit, and don tot, a Chinese egg custard. If you hit up this Chinatown spot this summer, we suggest going out of your comfort zone and trying one of the out-of-the-ordinary options.

Address: 65 Bayard Street

Phone: 212.608.4170 

3. Van Leeuwen 


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Van Leeuwen started as a food truck in 2008 and has since opened several stores in New York City and Los Angeles and is also sold in various grocery stores. We love this spot because its classic scoops are made using only fresh milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks, and it also offers vegan options made with cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter and organic carob bean.

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 718.701.1630 

4. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream


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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream has made a name for itself with its artisanal, small-batch approach to making ice cream. Some of the most unique flavors offered at this Lower East Side hotspot include szechuan peppercorn chocolate, banana curry, American egg and cardamom lemon jam.

Address: 2 Rivington Street

Phone: 212.209.7684 

5. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain 


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If you're in the mood for an old-fashioned sundae, malt, milkshake or float, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is where you need to go. Located in a Brooklyn apothecary from the 1920s, this shop is full of history and delicious treats you probably devoured as a child. We suggest you try one of the shop's many sparkling sodas, which are made in small batches and mixed on the spot, or indulge in one of the unique sundaes available.

Address: 513 Henry Street, Brooklyn

Phone: 718.522.6260 

6. OddFellows


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OddFellows uses locally sourced, hormone-free and additive-free dairy to make its ice cream from scratch. We love the inventive twists on classic flavors, as well as the completely unique flavors this ice cream shop offers. Currently, flavors like cornbread, toasted coconut milk chocolate and buttermilk honey blueberry are available at OddFellows' Williamsburg location, while oatmeal cookie dough, saffron passion fruit and black pepper strawberry are offered at its East Village shop.

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 347.599.0556 

7. Ample Hills Creamery


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Ample Hills Creamery makes all of its ice cream from start to finish and was the first ice cream shop in New York City to pasteurize its milk, cream, sugar and eggs together on site. Because Ample Hills controls every aspect of the ice cream making process, it's able to experiment with new flavors whenever it wants. Some of our favorite flavors include The Munchies, which is made with pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms, and Snap, Mallow, Pop, which is made with marshmallow ice cream and buttery Rice Krispie clusters.

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 347.725.4061 

8. Davey's Ice Cream


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The flavors offered at Davey's Ice Cream are mostly classics, but what makes this place one of our favorites is that almost everything — from the waffle cones to the whipped cream — is homemade. To keep things interesting, Davey's also collaborates with local businesses to create limited-edition flavors.

Address: 137 1st Avenue

Phone: 212.228.8032 

9. Big Gay Ice Cream


(Photo : Courtesy/Donny Tsang)

If you're a soft serve lover, you need to visit Big Gay Ice Cream. Originally sold out of a truck, Big Gay Ice Cream treats are now available at two locations in Manhattan and one in  Philadelphia. We recommend the Salty Pimp, which is made with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, chocolate and sea salt.

Address: Multiple locations

Phone: 212.414.0222 

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