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24 Essential Ice Cream Shops Open for Takeout Scoops in NYC

From Hennessy ice cream to scoops of Masala chai, here’s where to go for the city’s top ice cream and gelato

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Summer is the ideal time for ice cream — even in takeout-only form — whether it's regal vanilla, black sesame, or the mayhem of French toast, lox, or pizza flavors.

For old-school parlors, innovative gelato shops, vegan options, and modern creameries, read on for which top scoop spots in the city are still open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

A number of New York City restaurants have resumed outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and our guides to brunch spots, food halls, rooftop restaurants and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.

This map was originally published in 2015.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sugar Hill Creamery

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184 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(212) 634-9004
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Though named after a famous hilly neighborhood in northwest Harlem, Sugar Hill Creamery is located in the vicinity of Mount Morris in southeast Harlem. It has been open seven days a week scooping its fancifully named ice creams (like “sweet socialism,” which is made with Madagascar chocolate), including some seasonal choices like Don Cartagena, combining guava and cheese in a tip of the hat to East Harlem. Open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

2. Big Gay Ice Cream

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518 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 484-5838
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Soft serve with a side of sass is found at this proudly gay-owned ice cream shop from Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint. 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. The Upper West Side location is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and is the company’s only scoop shop serving ice cream for takeout right now.

3. 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. Emack and Bolio’s is open from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

4. 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 more than 30 years, Sedutto is an uptown tradition, filled with classic flavors in both ice cream and yogurt. Moosetracks, birthday cake, and vanilla bean are among the traditional options, but it’s also known for a slew of wine ice cream and sorbets, which actually include booze. Malts, floats, and other desserts are also available. Open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

5. Ample Hills Creamery

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34-02 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(347) 242-2026
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This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor now has several locations throughout the city, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. In June, former owners Jackie Cuscuna and Brian Smith sold off the struggling cult-favorite ice cream chain to manufacturing company Schmitt Industries for $1 million. Following the sale, several Ample Hills locations across the city have reopened their doors, including its cozy Astoria corner store, which is open daily from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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6. Caffè Panna

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77 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
(917) 475-1162
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With affogato sundaes, pints to-go, and a daily selection of takeout scoops, there’s lots to choose from at Caffe Panne. Whatever you get, though, there’s a good chance it’s going to be topped in panna, the lighter-than-air Italian whipped cream. Keep an eye on the cafe’s Instagram for its list of daily flavors, which include more experimental desserts like gooseberry sundaes, sweet corn affogato, and panna topped with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and tomatoes. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A scoop of ice cream with red streaks Caffè Panna [Official Photo]

7. The Bronx Ice Co

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1048 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 799-2340
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Bronx Ice has arrived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The popular Italian ice vendor is serving requisite flavors like strawberry and lemon, along with craft combinations like blackberry, mango, and watermelon-lime. Bronx Ice’s Greenpoint outpost is open Tuesdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Monday.

8. La Newyorkina

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240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 861-0727
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At Fany Gerson’s Mexican-American ice cream shop, popular Mexican dishes like arroz con leche, horchata, and chile-covered fruit are packed into popsicles and scoops of ice cream. Don’t skip the Chamoy hot sauce and bottles of Tajin on your way out the door. La Newyorkina’s West Village outpost is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Two scoops of ice cream with caramel sauce are sandwiched between two halves of a Mexican pastry La Newyorkina

9. 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 city’s popular Mikey Likes It ice cream shops. The NYC restaurateur got into the ice cream business in 2014 after discovering a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream from his aunt. Try the Southern Hospitality — pecan-flavored ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie. Open Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
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10. 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 almost daily, but have included lime labne, corn tortilla, extra-virgin olive oil, and pineapple-rhubarb. Superiority Burger is currently only available for pre-orders, which can be reserved starting on Monday at noon and are available for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

A white paper cup filled with maroon-colored sorbet.
Superiority Burger’s sour cherry sorbert
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11. Max & Mina's Ice Cream

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2023, 7126 Main St
Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 793-8629
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Find 5,000 flavors at this Flushing family-owned institution open since 1997. Very unusual flavors run the gamut from cranberry vodka and French toast to lox and pizza. Traditional flavors are there, too, in the dense, chewy ice cream, all of which is kosher. Max and Mina’s is open Monday and Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cash only.

12. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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620 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

The owners of ice cream 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 seasonal specials too, such as a strawberry rhubarb tart. The ice cream shop has a robust menu of well-regarded vegan flavors, as well as newer oat milk-based ice creams. It’s expanding like crazy, and there are now more than a dozen outposts, plus trucks. The Greenpoint outpost of Van Leeuwen is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

A hand holding an ice cream cone with two scoops of Van Leeuwen ice cream Sidney Bensimon/Van Leeuwen [Official Photo]

13. 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. There are also tons of classics, plus an extensive sorbet variety. The same flavor is never guaranteed twice. Il Laboratoria del Gelato is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and opens an hour later on Sundays.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
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14. 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, and four types of vanilla. There’s also now a bigger location on Houston Street, where there are more flavors, as well as a weekend bar with cocktails and dessert specials like black-and-white profiteroles. The LES outpost of Morgenstern’s is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
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15. Davey's Ice Cream

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201 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

East Village favorite Davey’s Ice Cream scoops flavors such as roasted pistachio and Nutella chocolate chunk, plus sundaes and milkshakes with slices of pie. Seasonal specials are available too, and there are additional locations in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The ice cream company’s East Village scoop shop is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and stays open an hour later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Davey’s Ice Cream
Davey’s Ice Cream
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16. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

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65 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 608-4170
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The historic Chinatown ice cream shop, run by the Seid family since 1978, specializes in flavors that are more common in Chinese cuisine, such as lychee, egg tart, black sesame, and red bean. The must-get is the zen butter, a peanut butter ice cream with toasted sesame seeds that’s the ice cream version of sesame noodles. Western flavors like rocky road and Oreo cookie are on deck too. The (original) Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Three yellow cups with green, orange, and blue colored ice cream in them. Each of them have two spoons in them as well. Gary He/Eater

17. MilkCow

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69a Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

Korean chain Milkcow made its way to NYC in 2019, bringing with it a tight menu of soft serve with various toppings. Options range from simple, like the soft serve with raw honeycomb, to more whimsical, like one with cotton candy, sea salt, and jelly beans on top. The base is all the same: a creamy milk-flavored soft serve, so flavorful that it’s good on its own, too. Milkcow is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and stays open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

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18. Ice & Vice

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221 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(646) 678-3687
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Experimental LES ice cream shop 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 “Flaming” (with ghost pepper and strawberry mole sauce). Owners Paul Kim and Kendrick Lo also have locations in the Time Out Market in Dumbo, in Times Square, and in Long Island City, but this LES scoop shop is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Ice & Vice
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19. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

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44 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 683-5755
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The Dumbo outpost of this popular Williamsburg creamery serves up a rotating roster of eclectic ice creams, the creation of pastry chef Sam Mason, formerly of Wd~50. Options have included miso cherry, black pepper fig, Thai iced tea, and olive oil, though more classic flavors such as cookies and cream and vanilla bean make appearances, too. Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

20. The Good Batch Creamery

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995A Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 889-5123
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Earlier in the pandemic, the team behind Clinton Hill’s popular neighborhood bakeshop the Good Batch Bakery opened an ice cream shop right across the street. The Good Batch Creamery offers seven flavors of ice cream, two vegan sorbet options, hot sundaes, and the bakery’s popular ice cream sandwiches, which previously debuted at Smorgasburg. The scoop shop is open for takeout from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

A hand holds a scoop of ice cream that melts down a waffle cone The Good Batch Creamery [Official]

21. Malai Ice Cream

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268 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 889-5789
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Eggless ice cream with strongly spiced flavors from around the world are the signature of Malai, a food festival vendor-turned-Cobble Hill parlor from Pooja Bavishi. Masala chai, Turkish coffee, carrot halwa, and baklava are among the options, with specials every month. Rose with cinnamon-flavored almonds is the stand-out, and pints are available at many grocery stores, too. Scoops, pints, and cakes are available for takeout from Malai, Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A person holding a turquoise bowl with white ice cream and a silver spoon in the bowl Morgan Ione Photography/Malai [Official Photo]

22. Blue Marble Ice Cream

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186 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399-6926
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The Prospect Heights location of Brooklyn’s premium organic ice cream parlor is back open, with a walk-up window for takeout scoops and pints. Blue Marble Ice Cream opens on weekdays at 8 a.m. for that early morning frozen dessert fix. It’s also available packaged from Fresh Direct, and nationally through Goldbelly. The scoop shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

23. Creme and Cocoa Creamery

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1067 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 245-6286
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Sorrel, soursop, and papaya are channeled into ice cream flavors at this Caribbean-American scoop shop from owner Astrid Thorpe. In total, Creme and Cocoa Creamery has close to 30 flavors, including non-dairy, seasonal, and alcoholic varieties. Don’t miss the Hennessy Ice Cream, available from the Prospect Lefferts Gardens ice cream shop from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

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24. Sweet Dynasty Ice Cream

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5918 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 765-1668

Sweet Dynasty’s scoops are creamy, delicious bites that don’t fall into overly-sweet territory. The range of flavors — all concocted in the back of the tiny shop, as the owner will proudly say — include taro, milk tea, and a nutty black sesame that’s a crowd-favorite all year long. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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1. Sugar Hill Creamery

184 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Though named after a famous hilly neighborhood in northwest Harlem, Sugar Hill Creamery is located in the vicinity of Mount Morris in southeast Harlem. It has been open seven days a week scooping its fancifully named ice creams (like “sweet socialism,” which is made with Madagascar chocolate), including some seasonal choices like Don Cartagena, combining guava and cheese in a tip of the hat to East Harlem. Open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

184 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. Big Gay Ice Cream

518 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

Soft serve with a side of sass is found at this proudly gay-owned ice cream shop from Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint. 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. The Upper West Side location is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and is the company’s only scoop shop serving ice cream for takeout right now.

518 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. 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. Emack and Bolio’s is open from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

389 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Sedutto

1498 1st Ave, New York, NY 10075

Serving the Upper East Side for more than 30 years, Sedutto is an uptown tradition, filled with classic flavors in both ice cream and yogurt. Moosetracks, birthday cake, and vanilla bean are among the traditional options, but it’s also known for a slew of wine ice cream and sorbets, which actually include booze. Malts, floats, and other desserts are also available. Open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

1498 1st Ave
New York, NY 10075

5. Ample Hills Creamery

34-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103
Ample Hills Ample Hills [Official]

This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor now has several locations throughout the city, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. In June, former owners Jackie Cuscuna and Brian Smith sold off the struggling cult-favorite ice cream chain to manufacturing company Schmitt Industries for $1 million. Following the sale, several Ample Hills locations across the city have reopened their doors, including its cozy Astoria corner store, which is open daily from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

34-02 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

6. Caffè Panna

77 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003
A scoop of ice cream with red streaks Caffè Panna [Official Photo]

With affogato sundaes, pints to-go, and a daily selection of takeout scoops, there’s lots to choose from at Caffe Panne. Whatever you get, though, there’s a good chance it’s going to be topped in panna, the lighter-than-air Italian whipped cream. Keep an eye on the cafe’s Instagram for its list of daily flavors, which include more experimental desserts like gooseberry sundaes, sweet corn affogato, and panna topped with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and tomatoes. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

77 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003

7. The Bronx Ice Co

1048 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Bronx Ice has arrived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The popular Italian ice vendor is serving requisite flavors like strawberry and lemon, along with craft combinations like blackberry, mango, and watermelon-lime. Bronx Ice’s Greenpoint outpost is open Tuesdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Monday.

1048 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. La Newyorkina

240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Two scoops of ice cream with caramel sauce are sandwiched between two halves of a Mexican pastry La Newyorkina

At Fany Gerson’s Mexican-American ice cream shop, popular Mexican dishes like arroz con leche, horchata, and chile-covered fruit are packed into popsicles and scoops of ice cream. Don’t skip the Chamoy hot sauce and bottles of Tajin on your way out the door. La Newyorkina’s West Village outpost is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

9. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

199 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream [Official]

Michael "Mikey" Cole is the man behind the city’s popular Mikey Likes It ice cream shops. The NYC restaurateur got into the ice cream business in 2014 after discovering a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream from his aunt. Try the Southern Hospitality — pecan-flavored ice cream with praline pecans and pecan pie. Open Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

199 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

10. Superiority Burger

430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009
A white paper cup filled with maroon-colored sorbet.
Superiority Burger’s sour cherry sorbert
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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 almost daily, but have included lime labne, corn tortilla, extra-virgin olive oil, and pineapple-rhubarb. Superiority Burger is currently only available for pre-orders, which can be reserved starting on Monday at noon and are available for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

430 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009

11. Max & Mina's Ice Cream

2023, 7126 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367

Find 5,000 flavors at this Flushing family-owned institution open since 1997. Very unusual flavors run the gamut from cranberry vodka and French toast to lox and pizza. Traditional flavors are there, too, in the dense, chewy ice cream, all of which is kosher. Max and Mina’s is open Monday and Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cash only.

2023, 7126 Main St
Flushing, NY 11367

12. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

620 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A hand holding an ice cream cone with two scoops of Van Leeuwen ice cream Sidney Bensimon/Van Leeuwen [Official Photo]

The owners of ice cream 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 seasonal specials too, such as a strawberry rhubarb tart. The ice cream shop has a robust menu of well-regarded vegan flavors, as well as newer oat milk-based ice creams. It’s expanding like crazy, and there are now more than a dozen outposts, plus trucks. The Greenpoint outpost of Van Leeuwen is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

620 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

13. Il Laboratorio del Gelato

188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Liz Clayman for Il Laboratorio del Gelato [Official]

Painstakingly made gelato is the focus at this lab-like store, with experimental flavors such as wasabi and cheddar cheese. There are also tons of classics, plus an extensive sorbet variety. The same flavor is never guaranteed twice. Il Laboratoria del Gelato is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and opens an hour later on Sundays.

188 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

14. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream [Official]

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, and four types of vanilla. There’s also now a bigger location on Houston Street, where there are more flavors, as well as a weekend bar with cocktails and dessert specials like black-and-white profiteroles. The LES outpost of Morgenstern’s is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

2 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

15. Davey's Ice Cream

201 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Davey’s Ice Cream
Davey’s Ice Cream
Davey’s Ice Cream [Official]

East Village favorite Davey’s Ice Cream scoops flavors such as roasted pistachio and Nutella chocolate chunk, plus sundaes and milkshakes with slices of pie. Seasonal specials are available too, and there are additional locations in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The ice cream company’s East Village scoop shop is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and stays open an hour later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

201 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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16. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
Three yellow cups with green, orange, and blue colored ice cream in them. Each of them have two spoons in them as well. Gary He/Eater

The historic Chinatown ice cream shop, run by the Seid family since 1978, specializes in flavors that are more common in Chinese cuisine, such as lychee, egg tart, black sesame, and red bean. The must-get is the zen butter, a peanut butter ice cream with toasted sesame seeds that’s the ice cream version of sesame noodles. Western flavors like rocky road and Oreo cookie are on deck too. The (original) Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

65 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

17. MilkCow

69a Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
Milkcow nyc Milkcow [Official Photo]

Korean chain Milkcow made its way to NYC in 2019, bringing with it a tight menu of soft serve with various toppings. Options range from simple, like the soft serve with raw honeycomb, to more whimsical, like one with cotton candy, sea salt, and jelly beans on top. The base is all the same: a creamy milk-flavored soft serve, so flavorful that it’s good on its own, too. Milkcow is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and stays open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

69a Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

18. Ice & Vice

221 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Ice & Vice
Ice & Vice
Ice & Vice [Official]

Experimental LES ice cream shop 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 “Flaming” (with ghost pepper and strawberry mole sauce). Owners Paul Kim and Kendrick Lo also have locations in the Time Out Market in Dumbo, in Times Square, and in Long Island City, but this LES scoop shop is open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

221 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

19. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

44 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Dumbo outpost of this popular Williamsburg creamery serves up a rotating roster of eclectic ice creams, the creation of pastry chef Sam Mason, formerly of Wd~50. Options have included miso cherry, black pepper fig, Thai iced tea, and olive oil, though more classic flavors such as cookies and cream and vanilla bean make appearances, too. Open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

44 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

20. The Good Batch Creamery

995A Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A hand holds a scoop of ice cream that melts down a waffle cone The Good Batch Creamery [Official]

Earlier in the pandemic, the team behind Clinton Hill’s popular neighborhood bakeshop the Good Batch Bakery opened an ice cream shop right across the street. The Good Batch Creamery offers seven flavors of ice cream, two vegan sorbet options, hot sundaes, and the bakery’s popular ice cream sandwiches, which previously debuted at Smorgasburg. The scoop shop is open for takeout from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

995A Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

21. Malai Ice Cream

268 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A person holding a turquoise bowl with white ice cream and a silver spoon in the bowl Morgan Ione Photography/Malai [Official Photo]

Eggless ice cream with strongly spiced flavors from around the world are the signature of Malai, a food festival vendor-turned-Cobble Hill parlor from Pooja Bavishi. Masala chai, Turkish coffee, carrot halwa, and baklava are among the options, with specials every month. Rose with cinnamon-flavored almonds is the stand-out, and pints are available at many grocery stores, too. Scoops, pints, and cakes are available for takeout from Malai, Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

268 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

22. Blue Marble Ice Cream

186 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Prospect Heights location of Brooklyn’s premium organic ice cream parlor is back open, with a walk-up window for takeout scoops and pints. Blue Marble Ice Cream opens on weekdays at 8 a.m. for that early morning frozen dessert fix. It’s also available packaged from Fresh Direct, and nationally through Goldbelly. The scoop shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

186 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

23. Creme and Cocoa Creamery

1067 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Creme and Cocoa Creamery

Sorrel, soursop, and papaya are channeled into ice cream flavors at this Caribbean-American scoop shop from owner Astrid Thorpe. In total, Creme and Cocoa Creamery has close to 30 flavors, including non-dairy, seasonal, and alcoholic varieties. Don’t miss the Hennessy Ice Cream, available from the Prospect Lefferts Gardens ice cream shop from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

1067 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

24. Sweet Dynasty Ice Cream

5918 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Sweet Dynasty’s scoops are creamy, delicious bites that don’t fall into overly-sweet territory. The range of flavors — all concocted in the back of the tiny shop, as the owner will proudly say — include taro, milk tea, and a nutty black sesame that’s a crowd-favorite all year long. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5918 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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