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Sietsema's Greenwich Village Guide to Frozen Treats

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The frozen yogurt craze of the last few years was only the tip of the iceberg, and it paralleled similar fads for gelato, paletas, artisanally made ice creams, and other "quiescently frozen confections" – as popsicles once defined themselves on the wrapper. Perhaps no neighborhood better displays the city's current frozen treat mania than Greenwich Village, where literally dozens of ice cream parlors and their ilk vie for the patronage of well-heeled residents and the touristic masses, both groups beleaguered by the current heat wave and seeking relief in icy eats.

Here's a round-up of the options available between Houston and 14th Street, and as far east as Broadway, in alphabetical order. Enjoy the diversity!


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Amorino Gelato

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This Italian-based ice cream chain may be the city’s most elegant purveyor of gelato, flaunting pedigreed flavors such as Ecuadorian-sourced chocolate and Sicilian DOC pistachios. Comfy furniture invites lounging and there’s a selection of candies, too. The method of acquiring the product – pay first, get a chit, stand in a line that prevents you from surveying the flavors – can be annoying.

Baskin-Robbins

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Yes, the familiar American ice cream chain founded in California in 1945 and advertising its “31 flavors” is currently ramping up its presence in the city, often in conjunction with Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

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BGIC elevated the city’s baseline soft serve, first from a truck, where sea salt, olive oil, and dulce de leche were lavished on quite normal soft serve. Later, the place upped the ante by developing its own proprietary soft-serve mixes. The Salty Pimp is one of the city’s great ice cream creations.

If you ever wondered what Italo-Argentine ices and gelatos might taste like, here’s your chance to find out. The grapefruit has brought tears to my eyes.

Culture

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Billing itself as “An American Yogurt Company,” this New York City-based company makes a fetish of its bacteria cultures, offering fresh strained and frozen yogurt with a variety of fruit and grain toppings. (Opening Soon)

Dloce Gelateria

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Wait a minute! This place was a L’Arte del Gelato as recently as a few weeks ago, and at press time the gelato at the rebranded identity remains untested.

Forever Yogurt

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Recognize the storefront on West 3rd Street? Used to be Bleecker Bob’s, the CBGB of downtown record stores, soon to be permanently eclipsed by this national fro-yo chain, with flavors such as butter brickle, gingerbread man, and maple bacon donut. (Coming Soon)

This Milanese ice cream and gelato chain specializing in chocolate and coffee flavors was once so popular, it had lines going down the block. Especially good for affogato: vanilla gelato with a shot or two of espresso poured over the top.

Imperial Woodpecker

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This is the third year for this summer pop-up (at this location till September 24), which slings New Orleans-style sno cones in some rather wild flavors.

The Lite Choice

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Soft-served conceived of as diet food, with the grit to prove it.

What if someone took an old-fashioned Fudgsicle, and made it 100 times better? Well, Popbar did.

Pasticceria Bruno Bakery

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An old-guard pastry shop dispensing exceptional traditional Italian ices and gelatos.

People's Pops

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This former newsstand peddling People’s Pops has been closed by the Board of Health, as evidenced by the yellow sign. Hopefully, this location will overcome all obstacles and reopen soon.

Rocco's Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe

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This ancient Italian pastry shop excels at old-fashioned water ices and milk ices, as they used to be called. Any fruit flavor preferred.

16 Handles

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This is the 31st branch of this home-grown fro-yo success story. And how did they get over on all the other chains? By allowing customers to pump their own, and then put as many M & Ms on top as they wanted.

Victory Garden

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The kinky sounding specialty of this popular shop is goat-milk ice cream, a particular favorite of lactose intolerants. Fashion-forward flavors include salted caramel and orange-blossom vanilla.

Yogorino

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This Italian fro-yo chain, founded in 1993, promises hormone-free milk, biodegradable cups, fresh cut fruit, and six strains of bacteria. This yogurt would have been Louis Pasteur’s choice, and that just might be him waving from the bench in front.

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Amorino Gelato

This Italian-based ice cream chain may be the city’s most elegant purveyor of gelato, flaunting pedigreed flavors such as Ecuadorian-sourced chocolate and Sicilian DOC pistachios. Comfy furniture invites lounging and there’s a selection of candies, too. The method of acquiring the product – pay first, get a chit, stand in a line that prevents you from surveying the flavors – can be annoying.

Baskin-Robbins

Yes, the familiar American ice cream chain founded in California in 1945 and advertising its “31 flavors” is currently ramping up its presence in the city, often in conjunction with Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

BGIC elevated the city’s baseline soft serve, first from a truck, where sea salt, olive oil, and dulce de leche were lavished on quite normal soft serve. Later, the place upped the ante by developing its own proprietary soft-serve mixes. The Salty Pimp is one of the city’s great ice cream creations.

Cones

If you ever wondered what Italo-Argentine ices and gelatos might taste like, here’s your chance to find out. The grapefruit has brought tears to my eyes.

Culture

Billing itself as “An American Yogurt Company,” this New York City-based company makes a fetish of its bacteria cultures, offering fresh strained and frozen yogurt with a variety of fruit and grain toppings. (Opening Soon)

Dloce Gelateria

Wait a minute! This place was a L’Arte del Gelato as recently as a few weeks ago, and at press time the gelato at the rebranded identity remains untested.

Forever Yogurt

Recognize the storefront on West 3rd Street? Used to be Bleecker Bob’s, the CBGB of downtown record stores, soon to be permanently eclipsed by this national fro-yo chain, with flavors such as butter brickle, gingerbread man, and maple bacon donut. (Coming Soon)

Grom

This Milanese ice cream and gelato chain specializing in chocolate and coffee flavors was once so popular, it had lines going down the block. Especially good for affogato: vanilla gelato with a shot or two of espresso poured over the top.

Imperial Woodpecker

This is the third year for this summer pop-up (at this location till September 24), which slings New Orleans-style sno cones in some rather wild flavors.

The Lite Choice

Soft-served conceived of as diet food, with the grit to prove it.

Popbar

What if someone took an old-fashioned Fudgsicle, and made it 100 times better? Well, Popbar did.

Pasticceria Bruno Bakery

An old-guard pastry shop dispensing exceptional traditional Italian ices and gelatos.

People's Pops

This former newsstand peddling People’s Pops has been closed by the Board of Health, as evidenced by the yellow sign. Hopefully, this location will overcome all obstacles and reopen soon.

Rocco's Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe

This ancient Italian pastry shop excels at old-fashioned water ices and milk ices, as they used to be called. Any fruit flavor preferred.

16 Handles

This is the 31st branch of this home-grown fro-yo success story. And how did they get over on all the other chains? By allowing customers to pump their own, and then put as many M & Ms on top as they wanted.

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Victory Garden