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18 Essential Ice Cream Shops in NYC

Here’s where to go to find the city’s top scoops

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It’s prime ice cream season.
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Summer is the ideal time for ice cream, 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 a comprehensive guide to the top scoop spots in the city.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Sugar Hill Creamery

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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 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.

Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream

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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 flavors. It may all be a bit much, but the ice cream itself is a proper destination for NYC.

Sedutto

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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.

Ample Hills Creamery

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This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor — now under new ownership — has several locations throughout the city, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. Cheeky flavors include the cereal-infused Breakfast Trash and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

Caffè Panna

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With affogato sundaes, pints to-go, and a daily selection of 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.

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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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.

Max & Mina's Ice Cream

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Find a never-ending range of flavors at this Flushing family-owned institution open since 1997. Very unusual options 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. Cash only.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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The owners of ice cream hit Van Leeuwen serve up solid, upscale versions of classic ice cream flavors like mint chip, pistachio, and vanilla bean. Vegan options are available, and locations of the quickly growing chain also offer seasonal specials too, such as a strawberry rhubarb tart.

A hand holding an ice cream cone with two scoops of Van Leeuwen ice cream.
An ice cream cone from Van Leeuwen.
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Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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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.

Davey's Ice Cream

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Crowd-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 multiple locations in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and a forthcoming relocation in the East Village.

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

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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.

Three yellow cups with green, orange, and blue colored ice cream in them. Each of them have two spoons in them as well.
Scoops from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
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Eddie's Sweet Shop

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This 100-year-old Queens stalwart serves up towering ice cream sundaes and cones stuffed with a range of scoop flavors including coffee, maple walnut, and pistachio. Cash only.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

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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.

Two different flavors of ice cream in a paper cut with a spoon on the side.
Two scoops from OddFellows.
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Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

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Scoops, sundaes, and shakes are all on the menu at Brooklyn Farmacy, built in a century-old apothecary shop. Settle in at the counter and order the Potato Head sundae, topped with North Fork potato chips, or go for a scoop or two of the shop’s ice cream, sourced from the upstate Adirondack Creamery.

Malai Ice Cream

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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.

La Newyorkina

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Chef Fany Gerson’s Mexican-American ice cream business boasts popular Mexican dishes like arroz con leche, horchata, and chile-covered fruit that are packed into popsicles and scoops of ice cream.

Creme and Cocoa Creamery

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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.

Sweet Dynasty Ice Cream

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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.

Sugar Hill Creamery

Though named after a famous hilly neighborhood in northwest Harlem, Sugar Hill Creamery is located in the vicinity of Mount Morris in 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.

Emack and Bolio's Ice Cream

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 flavors. It may all be a bit much, but the ice cream itself is a proper destination for NYC.

Sedutto

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.

Ample Hills Creamery

This always-mobbed Brooklyn parlor — now under new ownership — has several locations throughout the city, with its made-from-scratch custard base with local eggs and dairy. Cheeky flavors include the cereal-infused Breakfast Trash and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.

Caffè Panna

With affogato sundaes, pints to-go, and a daily selection of 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.

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

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.

Max & Mina's Ice Cream

Find a never-ending range of flavors at this Flushing family-owned institution open since 1997. Very unusual options 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. Cash only.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

A hand holding an ice cream cone with two scoops of Van Leeuwen ice cream.
An ice cream cone from Van Leeuwen.
Sidney Bensimon/Van Leeuwen

The owners of ice cream hit Van Leeuwen serve up solid, upscale versions of classic ice cream flavors like mint chip, pistachio, and vanilla bean. Vegan options are available, and locations of the quickly growing chain also offer seasonal specials too, such as a strawberry rhubarb tart.

A hand holding an ice cream cone with two scoops of Van Leeuwen ice cream.
An ice cream cone from Van Leeuwen.
Sidney Bensimon/Van Leeuwen

Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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.

Davey's Ice Cream

Crowd-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 multiple locations in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and a forthcoming relocation in the East Village.

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Three yellow cups with green, orange, and blue colored ice cream in them. Each of them have two spoons in them as well.
Scoops from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
Gary He/Eater NY

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.

Three yellow cups with green, orange, and blue colored ice cream in them. Each of them have two spoons in them as well.
Scoops from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
Gary He/Eater NY

Eddie's Sweet Shop

This 100-year-old Queens stalwart serves up towering ice cream sundaes and cones stuffed with a range of scoop flavors including coffee, maple walnut, and pistachio. Cash only.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Two different flavors of ice cream in a paper cut with a spoon on the side.
Two scoops from OddFellows.
Hillary Dixler Canavan/Eater NY

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.

Two different flavors of ice cream in a paper cut with a spoon on the side.
Two scoops from OddFellows.
Hillary Dixler Canavan/Eater NY

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

Scoops, sundaes, and shakes are all on the menu at Brooklyn Farmacy, built in a century-old apothecary shop. Settle in at the counter and order the Potato Head sundae, topped with North Fork potato chips, or go for a scoop or two of the shop’s ice cream, sourced from the upstate Adirondack Creamery.

Malai Ice Cream

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.

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La Newyorkina

Chef Fany Gerson’s Mexican-American ice cream business boasts popular Mexican dishes like arroz con leche, horchata, and chile-covered fruit that are packed into popsicles and scoops of ice cream.

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.

Sweet Dynasty Ice Cream

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.

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