There’s nothing better than a scoop of ice cream on a hot day. I LOVE ice cream. It’s the best. And I just booked my tickets to visit the Ice Cream Museum at the end of August. So, in honor of my overflowing excitement about that I’ve decided to round up my favorite spots to grab the best ice cream in New York City.
This artisanal ice cream shop is serving up the best of the best when it comes to both unique and traditional flavors. I’m partial to the Earl Grey ice cream, which has subtle hints of the classic tea flavor. If you’re a traditionalist, opt for cookies n’ cream or mint chip. They’ve also got a wide selection of vegan scoops for yourself or your veg friends.
48.5 East 7th St., East Village and other locations
You can’t go wrong with this NYC classic. The traditional soft serve comes with a plethora of toppings, like rainbow sprinkles and chocolate dip. Hit up any of the trucks around the city for a true childhood favorite.
Trucks located throughout the city
Momofuku Milk Bar
Besides the famous cake truffles, Momofuku serves up their delicious cereal milk soft serve all summer long. Go with the cornflake crunch topping, or opt for the various rotating specials – last time I visited, they were serving up Fruity Pebbles soft serve. Definitely as good as it sounds.
15 w 56th St., Midtown and other locations
This traditional Thai ice cream spot always has a line out the door, and for good reason. The delicious flavors and decadant toppings make for an unbeatable summer treat. Watch as they mix and mash your ice cream and roll it into fun little scrolls before topping it with unlimited toppings of your choice like fruit slices or a made-to-order roasted marshmallow.
10 Mott St., Chinatown
Cha Cha Matcha
This shop has recently blown up and become majorly Instagram famous, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the hype. Check them out for delicious match concoctions including a delicious matcha soft serve.If you’re truly dedicated to trying it, make sure to get there early – on hot and toasty NYC days, they’ve been known to sell out.
373 Broome St., NoLita
Ice & Vice
Made in small custom batches, this ice cream spot has been serving up some pretty inventive flavors since 2015. Try the seasonal Black Panda, a black rice sorbet, or the Basic B with Mexican vanilla and sea salt. The flavors rotate with the season, so if you’ve got your eye on a flavor be sure to get it while you can.
221 E Broadway, Two Bridges
Time Out also recently featured their favorite ice cream spots, so check that out and compare (admittedly, some of our spots overlap) and you’ll definitely find the best of the best this city has to offer.