Well it’s official people. Summer is finally here! Ice Cream and any kind of frozen dessert are integral for the Summer. Ice Cream is that staple. I don’t encourage eating ice cream everyday to go through this list. Please eat responsibly. I will be compiling another list of frozen desserts that are for the health conscious. For the rest of you, keep reading. I’m bringing you a beefed up list of Ice Cream places you should check out this Summer. I mean it is appropriate isn’t it? Some of these are just regular ice cream places while others shouldn’t be a place you bring your family to. Maybe your friends…but definitely not the family. Be advised.
Photo Credit: Wowfulls
Wowfulls – Bubble Wrap Waffle Cone
This is the place that is serving this epic bubble wrap waffle cone. The Hong Kong Egg Waffle known as Gai Dan Jai is crispy on the outside, sweet and soft on the inside. These creations could only be found in the streets of China but thanks to the wonderful people at Wowfulls, you can find them in E. Houston. I admire them because they also happen to infuse it with other cultural flavors such as the Japanese Matcha they use for their Green Tea Egg Waffle with White Chocolate Chips(yum)
309 E. Houston St (between Avenue B and Attorney Street)
New York, NY 10002
Business Hours: Monday through Sunday: 1pm-9pm.
Phone Number: 646-639-9988
Milk and Cream –Custom Cereal Ice Cream
Ice Cream Infused with cereal? Yes please! So this is one of the places you can actually create your own custom cereal ice cream and they will make it right there in front of you. How can you go wrong with that? So that means I want a fruity pebbles, cap’n crunch, vanilla ice cream cone with more fruity pebbles as my garnish.
159 Mott Street (Between Broome St and Grand Street)
New York, NY 10013
Business Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 12pm-10pm and Friday to Saturday: 12pm-11pm
Soft Swerve – Ube Ice Cream
What is Ube Ice Cream? Well Ube is a purple yam that is being made into this delicious and very aesthetically pleasing Ice Cream. I haven’t seen anything so absolutely beautiful in my entire life. You can get it in a cone or whatever else tickles your fancy.
85B Allen Street
New York, N.Y. 10002
Business Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12PM-11PM & Friday-Saturday: 12PM-12AM
Phone Number: 646-746-6311
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory – Azuki Red Bean Ice cream
This place is a staple in Chinatown. Like if you don’t visit this place after enjoying shopping and dining in Chinatown, then you didn’t get the full effect of visiting. My favorite flavor thus far has been the Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream. I know it sounds crazy but think of vanilla bean and not multiply that by 1000. It tastes like a super vanilla. It is super creamy and isn’t sugary. All in all, the price is reasonable and the flavor is top notch. They have other flavors such as black sesame, taro, and classic ice cream flavors if you are afraid to live on the edge.
65 Bayard St (between Mott Street and Elizabeth Street)
New York, NY 10013
Business Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11am-10pm
Phone Number: 212-608-4170
Taiyaki NYC- Fish Shaped Cone
It is the first and only Taiyaki Ice cream and Croyaki shop in NYC. They are known for their fish-shaped Japanese waffle that is chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They have various flavors inspired by Japanese culture as well as the basic flavors. Oh taiyaki…Why must you make something delicious and adorable? This shop serves their ice cream in a fish shaped cone. They now have a Unicorn Cone that I will be trying out ASAP.
119 Baxter Street (Between Canal and Hester Street)
New York, NY 10013
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm-10pm; Friday: 12pm-11pm; Saturday: 11am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-10pm
Phone Number: 212-966-2882
Pink Bear Ice Cream – Matcha Strawberry – Rolled Ice Cream with Unlimited Toppings
I love this place! I mean I went here on a whim one day because of a sudden craving I had while walking around the area. I went in thinking they were closed or about to close and was pleasantly surprised. I tried their Matcha Ninja which was a Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream that had strawberries mixed into it. Why do I love this place so much? Well it isn’t because it is rolled ice cream although that is one reason. It is because you get UNLIMITED TOPPINGS. Every other place I’ve had rolled ice cream usually charges you for the toppings but definitely not this place. The flavors were all there and I would highly recommend trying this place out of you are ever in Union Square.
226 E 14th St (between 2nd avenue and 3rd avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm-9pm and Friday-Sunday: 12pm-10pm
Phone Number: 646-918-7158
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop – Salty Pimp and Bea Arthur
The shop that started out as a truck. They started out as a truck in 2009. They opened their first storefront in 2011 in the East Village and then in 2012, opened up their West Village location. They have gained a huge following. With flavors like the Bea Arthur and the Salty Pimp Cone, it is no shocker as to why they continue to stay in business.
Check out any of their locations:
Address: 125 East 7th Street
New York NY 10009
Phone Number: 212.533.9333
Address: 61 Grove Street
New York NY 10014
Phone Number: 212.414.0222
Chikalicious – Churro Ice Cream Cone- Nutty Professor
I usually don’t cave to fad trendy foods…NOT! This was on my list of places to visit for a while and when I started my new job, I got a chance to try them out. I got to try to Nutty Professor Churro Cone and I swear it was the best thing I’ve had in a while. You had the pecans, the vanilla ice cream, and that Nutella drizzle. The price point is a little up there but if you are adventurous and want to give this a shot without worrying about money, GO FOR IT. I am going back soon to try other flavors they have.
203 East 10th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenue)
Business Hours: 7am-midnight daily, Sunday: 7am-11pm
Ample Hills Ice Cream –
I have read and heard nothing but great things about this place from a colleague of mine. Apparently, she has gone to different locations and says each one has a different set of flavors. I love places like that because there is always something to try every time you go.
Gotham West Market
600 11th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
Mon – Thurs: Noon to 11pm
Fri: Noon to Midnight
Sat: 11am to 11pm
Bubby’s High Line
73 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY 10014
Dekalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Davey’s Ice Cream – Speculoos Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Speculoos Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. So we are talking about this delicious cookie that I have had in cookie butter but made into an ice cream with chocolate chips in it. It sounds like something I need to swim in.
137 1st Avenue (Between St. Marks Place & 9th Street)
New York, New York 10003
Business Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12pm – 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 12pm- 12am
Phone Number: 212-228-8032
Holey Ice Cream – Donut Ice Cream Sandwich
An Ice Cream Sandwich made with Donuts? I will take a dozen. No…not a dozen donuts…a dozen ice cream sandwiches. Thank you. Yes. This place has ice cream sandwiches made out of donuts. Enough said. Go check them out. What can be better than a donut ice cream sandwich? I have been around and never seen anything quite like this before. I guarantee you will absolutely love it.
796 9th Ave (b/t 52nd St & 53rd St)
New York, NY 10019
Business Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12pm-12:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 12pm-1:30am
Phone Number: (212) 247-8400
Ice and Vice –Exotic Ice Cream Flavors and Boozy Ice Cream
This place makes some of the most exotic and interesting flavors I have ever seen and I am a foodie! With flavors like The American Beauty(Crème fraiche, Rose petal jam), Happy Panda (Forbidden Black Rice Sorbet), and Tico Time(Pink Guava, Chili Lim Plantain Chip) it is no wonder that this place made it on to this list. They also have alcoholic ice cream!
221 East Broadway (between Clinton and Montgomery Streets)
NY, NY 10002
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 12pm-10pm and Friday-Saturday: 12pm-12am
Phone Number: 646-678-3687
21 and Older only! Just kidding. They have flavors sans alcohol. I used to make boozy cupcakes back in the day. I may have made boozy ice cream once that put me and anyone else who ate it on their behinds. This place nails it.
2 Rivington Street NY NY 10002 (between Freeman Aly and Bowery)
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 8am-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 8am-12am
Phone Number: (212) 209-7684
Written By: Tashalee C.
Photos: Credited to Appropriate Sources