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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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1. Amorino Gelato

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60 University Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-5599
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.

2. Baskin-Robbins

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406 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-677-5985
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.

3. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

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61 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 533-9333
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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.

4. Cones

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272 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-1795
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.

5. Culture

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60 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
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)

6. Dloce Gelateria

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75 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-0803
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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.

7. Forever Yogurt

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118 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
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)

8. Grom

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233 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-1738
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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.

9. Imperial Woodpecker

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435 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
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.

10. The Lite Choice

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116 7th Ave, New York
NY 10011, USA
(212) 929-7949
Soft-served conceived of as diet food, with the grit to prove it.

11. Popbar

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5 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4874
What if someone took an old-fashioned Fudgsicle, and made it 100 times better? Well, Popbar did.

12. Pasticceria Bruno Bakery

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506 Laguardia Pl
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5854
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An old-guard pastry shop dispensing exceptional traditional Italian ices and gelatos.

13. People's Pops

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Sullivan St
New York, My
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.

14. Rocco's Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe

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243 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-6031
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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.

15. 16 Handles

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245 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
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.

16. Victory Garden

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31 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-7273
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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.

17. Yogorino

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193 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-9646
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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1. Amorino Gelato

60 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
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.
60 University Pl
New York, NY 10003

2. Baskin-Robbins

406 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
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.
406 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

3. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

61 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
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.
61 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

4. Cones

272 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
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.
272 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

5. Culture

60 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
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)
60 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

6. Dloce Gelateria

75 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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.
75 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011

7. Forever Yogurt

118 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
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)
118 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012

8. Grom

233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
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.
233 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

9. Imperial Woodpecker

435 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
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.
435 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

10. The Lite Choice

116 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Soft-served conceived of as diet food, with the grit to prove it.
116 7th Ave, New York
NY 10011, USA

11. Popbar

5 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
What if someone took an old-fashioned Fudgsicle, and made it 100 times better? Well, Popbar did.
5 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014

12. Pasticceria Bruno Bakery

506 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
An old-guard pastry shop dispensing exceptional traditional Italian ices and gelatos.
506 Laguardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

13. People's Pops

Sullivan St, New York, My
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.
Sullivan St
New York, My

14. Rocco's Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe

243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
This ancient Italian pastry shop excels at old-fashioned water ices and milk ices, as they used to be called. Any fruit flavor preferred.
243 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

15. 16 Handles

245 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
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.
245 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

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16. Victory Garden

31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
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.
31 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014

17. Yogorino

193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
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.
193 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012

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