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16 Awesome Ice Cream Shops in NYC

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Summer is the ideal time for ice cream whether it's regal vanilla, black sesame, or the mayhem of a blueberry with buttermilk and honey scoop. For old-school parlors, innovative gelato shops, vegan options, and modern creameries, read on for where to go for the city’s best scoops.

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1. Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream

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389 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-2747
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This pint-sized kosher ice cream shop is filled with kids at all times of day, lined up for the chain's wacky cereal- and candy-covered cones and endless, complicated flavors. It may all be a bit much, but the ice cream itself is a proper destination for NYC.

2. Sedutto

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1498 1st Ave
New York, NY 10075
(212) 879-9557
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Serving the Upper East Side for over 30 years, Sedutto is an uptown tradition, filled with classic flavors in both ice cream and yogurt. You won't find many of the innovative flavors populating downtown, and that's just perfect.

3. Grom

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1796 Broadway, New York
NY, 10019
(212) 974-3444
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The first location of an Italian chain outside Italy touts gelato “like it used to be made” with better ingredients and a whipping technique that refines the texture. Look for flavors like hazelnut, tiramisu, stracciatella, and pistachio.

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4. Ample Hills Creamery

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY

This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor is also in Gotham West Market, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. Owner Brian Smith then mixes in stoner delight concoctions like "the Munchies," which is filled with potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers, and mini M&Ms. All in all, there are seven locations in the NYC area.

5. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

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61 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-0222
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Soft serve with a side of sass is found at this proudly gay-owned ice cream shop. The most popular flavor perhaps is the Bea Arthur, or vanilla soft serve injected with dulce de leche and topped with Nilla wafers. Expect long, long lines.

6. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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199 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(646) 309-2515
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Michael "Mikey" Cole is the man behind the Mikey Likes It ice cream shop. An ex-con who served six months at Rikers for selling marijuana, Mikey got into the ice cream business after discovering a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream at a beloved aunt's house. Try the Southern Hospitality — pecan-flavored ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie.

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7. Superiority Burger

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430 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 256-1192
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Ex-Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley has been focusing his energy on the veggie burgers at Superiority Burger in the East Village, but the ice cream and gelato here are worth the trip alone. Flavors rotate often, but include options like the vanilla labne gelato and strawberry sorbet, which Robert Sietsema says is, "as good as you've ever tasted in your life."

8. OddFellows Ice Cream

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75 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(917) 475-1812
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The East Village outpost of this popular Williamsburg creamery serves up a rotating roster of ice creams that are made fresh every three days. Pastry chef Sam Mason, formerly of wd~50, has come up with some wacky/delicious flavor combos like chorizo caramel swirl and miso cherry.

9. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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620 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

The owners of ice cream truck hit Van Leeuwen serve up solid versions of classic ice cream flavors like mint chip, pistachio, and vanilla bean. Various locations of the quickly growing Greenpoint-based chain also offer specials like black sesame with ash and chocolate cake. The ice cream shop offers a robust menu of well-regarded vegan flavors as well. It’s expanding like crazy, now with nine locations spread across the city, plus two trucks.

10. Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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188 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 343-9922
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Painstakingly made gelato is the focus at this lab-like store, with experimental flavors such as wasabi and cheddar cheese. Don't worry, there are also all the classics, plus an extensive sorbet variety. The same flavor is never guaranteed twice.

11. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

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2 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 209-7684
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Ice cream magician Nick Morgenstern is the brains behind this popular LES parlor. His ice cream is known for its unique production method that ups the taste by decreasing butterfat and sugar content. In warmer weather, the line is always out the door for flavors like raw milk, Vietnamese coffee, four types of vanilla, and more.

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12. Davey's Ice Cream

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201 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

East Village favorite Davey’s Ice Cream opened across the East River in the old Williamsburg Creamery space. The team scoops many of its East Village flavors like black sesame and roasted pistachio, as well as seasonal specials. It’s also in Greenpoint and the Canal Street Market.

13. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

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65 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 608-4170
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If all Chinatown meals don’t end at the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, then you're doing it wrong. Stop by for a classic vanilla, or play it smart with any of the Asian-leaning flavors, such as black sesame and taro.

14. Ice & Vice

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221 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(646) 678-3687
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Ice & Vice scoops twists on classic flavors like Basic B (Mexican vanilla, black lava sea salt) and Milk Money (toasted milk, sea salt, chocolate ganache), as well as seasonally changing flavors like Tico Time (with pink guava and chili lime plantain chip).

15. Momofuku Milk Bar

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110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
(347) 242-5762
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Cereal milk rocketed Milk Bar's soft serve to fame, with its nostalgic flavor and crunchy cornflake topping. It's always on the menu at the myriad Milk Bars around town, plus another flavor such as birthday cake.

16. MilkMade Tasting Room

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204 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The greatest gelato maker in New York, Meredith Kurtzman, is now helming the gelato and ice cream production at MilkMade. Owner Diana Hardeman’s Carroll Gardens shop started in 2009 as a subscription service that became a full-fledged ice cream parlor in 2015. Expect flavors such as sea salt caramel, coffee with whiskey, and peanut butter with a fruit swirl.

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1. Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream

389 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

This pint-sized kosher ice cream shop is filled with kids at all times of day, lined up for the chain's wacky cereal- and candy-covered cones and endless, complicated flavors. It may all be a bit much, but the ice cream itself is a proper destination for NYC.

389 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

2. Sedutto

1498 1st Ave, New York, NY 10075

Serving the Upper East Side for over 30 years, Sedutto is an uptown tradition, filled with classic flavors in both ice cream and yogurt. You won't find many of the innovative flavors populating downtown, and that's just perfect.

1498 1st Ave
New York, NY 10075

3. Grom

1796 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
Grom

The first location of an Italian chain outside Italy touts gelato “like it used to be made” with better ingredients and a whipping technique that refines the texture. Look for flavors like hazelnut, tiramisu, stracciatella, and pistachio.

1796 Broadway, New York
NY, 10019

4. Ample Hills Creamery

600 11th Ave, New York, NY

This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor is also in Gotham West Market, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. Owner Brian Smith then mixes in stoner delight concoctions like "the Munchies," which is filled with potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers, and mini M&Ms. All in all, there are seven locations in the NYC area.

600 11th Ave
New York, NY

5. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

61 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Soft serve with a side of sass is found at this proudly gay-owned ice cream shop. The most popular flavor perhaps is the Bea Arthur, or vanilla soft serve injected with dulce de leche and topped with Nilla wafers. Expect long, long lines.

61 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

6. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

199 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Mike Likes It

Michael "Mikey" Cole is the man behind the Mikey Likes It ice cream shop. An ex-con who served six months at Rikers for selling marijuana, Mikey got into the ice cream business after discovering a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream at a beloved aunt's house. Try the Southern Hospitality — pecan-flavored ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie.

199 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

7. Superiority Burger

430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

Ex-Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley has been focusing his energy on the veggie burgers at Superiority Burger in the East Village, but the ice cream and gelato here are worth the trip alone. Flavors rotate often, but include options like the vanilla labne gelato and strawberry sorbet, which Robert Sietsema says is, "as good as you've ever tasted in your life."

430 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009

8. OddFellows Ice Cream

75 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

The East Village outpost of this popular Williamsburg creamery serves up a rotating roster of ice creams that are made fresh every three days. Pastry chef Sam Mason, formerly of wd~50, has come up with some wacky/delicious flavor combos like chorizo caramel swirl and miso cherry.

75 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

9. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

620 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

The owners of ice cream truck hit Van Leeuwen serve up solid versions of classic ice cream flavors like mint chip, pistachio, and vanilla bean. Various locations of the quickly growing Greenpoint-based chain also offer specials like black sesame with ash and chocolate cake. The ice cream shop offers a robust menu of well-regarded vegan flavors as well. It’s expanding like crazy, now with nine locations spread across the city, plus two trucks.

620 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10. Il Laboratorio del Gelato

188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Painstakingly made gelato is the focus at this lab-like store, with experimental flavors such as wasabi and cheddar cheese. Don't worry, there are also all the classics, plus an extensive sorbet variety. The same flavor is never guaranteed twice.

188 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

11. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Khushbu Shah

Ice cream magician Nick Morgenstern is the brains behind this popular LES parlor. His ice cream is known for its unique production method that ups the taste by decreasing butterfat and sugar content. In warmer weather, the line is always out the door for flavors like raw milk, Vietnamese coffee, four types of vanilla, and more.

2 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

12. Davey's Ice Cream

201 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

East Village favorite Davey’s Ice Cream opened across the East River in the old Williamsburg Creamery space. The team scoops many of its East Village flavors like black sesame and roasted pistachio, as well as seasonal specials. It’s also in Greenpoint and the Canal Street Market.

201 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

If all Chinatown meals don’t end at the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, then you're doing it wrong. Stop by for a classic vanilla, or play it smart with any of the Asian-leaning flavors, such as black sesame and taro.

65 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

14. Ice & Vice

221 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Ice & Vice scoops twists on classic flavors like Basic B (Mexican vanilla, black lava sea salt) and Milk Money (toasted milk, sea salt, chocolate ganache), as well as seasonally changing flavors like Tico Time (with pink guava and chili lime plantain chip).

221 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

15. Momofuku Milk Bar

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Cereal milk rocketed Milk Bar's soft serve to fame, with its nostalgic flavor and crunchy cornflake topping. It's always on the menu at the myriad Milk Bars around town, plus another flavor such as birthday cake.

110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

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16. MilkMade Tasting Room

204 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Photo via Milkmade/Facebook

The greatest gelato maker in New York, Meredith Kurtzman, is now helming the gelato and ice cream production at MilkMade. Owner Diana Hardeman’s Carroll Gardens shop started in 2009 as a subscription service that became a full-fledged ice cream parlor in 2015. Expect flavors such as sea salt caramel, coffee with whiskey, and peanut butter with a fruit swirl.

204 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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