Ice cream — from the commercial brands to the mom and pop varieties — tugs at the heartstrings of anyone, young and old. They are perfect on a warm day or even in times when comfort is much needed. Serve them on a cone or in a cup, or you can just do it the normal way which is taking the pint out of the fridge, spoon in hand.
Go on an ice cream journey as you wander the streets of New York and have a taste of the different flavors and creaminess that shows how ice cream, whether a plain dessert or cooler, is also subject to great culinary creativity.
What makes Italian ice cream different than your regular, supermarket-friendly brands? They will make you experience la doce vita. Il Laboratorio del Gelato serves up 12 flavors that changes every day. Because these gelatos are prepared in small batches, expect the creamiest and freshest on your cone. Tucked in a small space on Orchard in Lower East Side, you can easily find this establishment with the lab-coated staff.
Ice cream is probably not a Chinese concept, but Chinese flavors have founds its place in the world froze delights. Head on to Banyard Street in Chinatown and be in awe of the green tea, red bean, ginger and lychee flavors. And they come in sorbet too.
Chelsea’s main ice cream place, Ronnybrook Farms, pride in its premium ice cream that uses milk and cream sourced from the dairy farms of Upstate New York. Have a bite of their Total Hazelnut and Columbia County Coffee and you will feel how essentially New York these scoops are. And you can get them in pints too.
Ice cream with a scenery is a perfect combination. But whether the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is just a mere stand operating on Time Square, you will still love their luscious flavors. Head on to the Fulton Ferry Landing Pier, order a cone, enjoy the scene, and then walk the calories off as you cross Brooklyn Bridge on sunset. Now that’s a plan.
5. Australian Homemade
As you walk into the Australian Homemade ice cream shop in East Village, take some time to ponder on which flavor you will want that very moment. The shop offers ice creams, sorbets and remixes that already gives you endless flavor possibilities. And what’s great about this shop is that they use all-natural ingredients and what they serve up is made on the premises.
6. Il Gelatone
Another contender for Italian-style ice cream, Il Gelatone in Murray Hill offers gelato and sorbetti options. Choose from their 6-8 featured flavors each day, and you’ll be delighted with the simplicity and the deliciousness of their mixes.
Whether you find yourself at the Rockefeller Center or in the Upper East Side, this French chocolatier serves up one of the most memorable ice cream scoops in Manhattan. You can pick from the classic chocolate flavors or ride on the wagon and order the crowd favorite Caramel ice cream. Make sure to mark your calendar if you feel like ordering some scoops at La Maison du Chocolate — they only serve ice cream during the summer months.
Ciao Bella has been on New York’s ice cream as one of the original gelato makers in the city. From sorbets to gelatos, Ciao Bella can serve your flavors to you in their three NYC branches: Grand Central Station, Upper East Side, and Mott Street.
9. Custard Beach
Although frozen custard is not your conventional ice cream, the fact that it is frozen, rich and creamy can set another bar in the ice cream bars. Talk about an operation at the Financial District. The shop offers frozen custard as the base of their variety of toppings.
Whether you’re on the Upper East or West, Chelsea or the East Village, Emack and Bolio’s is an important ice cream journey stop for its very creative flavors. You can have a purple cow on your cone or a pint of caramel moose prints. And with their four locations, you are assured that Emack and Bolio’s pretty much have everything covered.