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Ice cream fanatics: we’re exposing you to 10 of the best ice cream spots that New York City has to offer. Frozen custard has been given a reboot and cereal is a source of creative inspiration. We’ve got the inside scoop.
With multiple locations planted all around the city, Milk Bar has finally settled the dilemma of when it is and when it is not acceptable to consume cereal. Its cereal milk soft serve really hits the spot post-lunch, pre-dinner and any time we’re passing through.
Relive the simple pleasures of your childhood and enjoy an all-American ice cream cone. Mix a scoop of classic strawberry with green tea pistachio and you’re in for a treat.
3. Soft Swerve
Generation Z and foodie culture come together at Soft Swerve. Customise your cone with flavours and toppings including black sesame and fruity pebbles. Victims of indecisiveness do not panic; Soft Swerve suggests tried-and-tested combinations that will hit the spot.
4. Van Leeuwen
Having started life in 2008 selling cones out of a butter-yellow truck on the streets of NYC, Van Leeuwen now has outlets across the city (and country). Vegans take note: the dairy-free menu here is hot (or should we say cool) stuff – try the toasted coconut blondie flavour.
At Ample Hills Creamery, nostalgia-inducing flavours are ramped up with house-made mix-ins – try Snap, Mallow, Pop! or The Munchies, which satisfies salty-sweet cravings with the addition of pretzels and crisps. The parlour doubles as an ideal spot to chill (literally).
These Instagrammable offerings are too pretty to eat – well, almost. We don’t know if the most aesthetically pleasing part is the fish-shaped waffle cone or the pastel-hued swirl that tops it. One thing we do know: kawaii (cute) food is very much a thing.
Owner Fany Gerson hails from Mexico and the proof is in the pudding. Chocolate is sourced from Oaxaca and vanilla beans are from Veracruz, while La Newyorkina’s offerings include traditional paletas (ice pops), chamoyada (shaved ice) and Mexican-style ice cream – more akin to gelato.
OddFellows’ throwback ice cream experience is designed for grown ups. Settle in with a local beer in one hand and an avant-garde scoop – past flavours include cornbread and chorizo-caramel, and olive oil tangerine – in the other. We’re ordering a lambrusco float.
9. I-CE NY
This hotspot has brought traditional Thai ice cream-making to the city. Choose from seven base flavours, 20 mix-ins and 32 toppings, and watch in awe as the ingredients are artfully spread and chilled on a metal plate to create a series of ice cream rolls.
Shaved ice sounds like the saddest of all frozen desserts but Snowdays, in the East Village, has persuaded us otherwise. A great pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day, these mini snow mounds can be topped with a variety of Japanese delicacies and American sweets.
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