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Alex Velazquez

The 10 Best Ice Cream Shops In NYC To Keep You Chill!

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One scoop or two?! That’s the question on everyone’s mind when choosing ice cream as your dessert of the day. Ice cream is a great way to beat the heat and fulfill that sweet tooth craving. New York City is home to a lot of great cuisine from all around the world, from the best pizza in NYC to the best Mexican food restaurants in NYC, so it’s no surprise it has great ice cream. So really, one scoop or two?

Ice Cream Shops NYC

It’s no secret that the creamy delight holds a special place in all of our hearts. The perfect ice cream shop is a staple for enjoying life and making memories with friends and loved ones, from childhood memories to first dates. Soft serve, triple scoops, waffle cone, in a cup, doused with toppings—however you like your ice cream, these 10 NYC ice cream shops are sure to make you scream, “More please!” After visiting the top historical landmarks in NYC near your favorite Midtown East hotel, be sure to take a lick out of one (or a few) of the best ice cream shops in NYC listed below!

1.) Milk & Cream Cereal Bar | Ice cream. Cereal. Nothing screams nostalgia like Milk & Cream Cereal Bar! Located in Chinatown, the shop specializes in colorful, cereal topped creamy creations featuring cereal-infused ice cream! From Fruity Pebbles to Fruit of the Loops, every bite is a taste of home. Partnering with Nickelodeon to make cartoon-based ice cream creations, the ice cream cereal bar has released several unique treats that take a fun spin on our favorite childhood treat. These delightful creations include a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired ice cream pizza and a new Reptar Ice Cream Bar based on the beloved Rugrats dinosaur character. Be transported back to the 90s with the funky décor and enjoy the feeling of being a big kid!

2 | The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory | Meet us in Chinatown for one of the most original ice cream experiences in NYC! Opening over 40 years ago, the family-fun Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s original storefront on Bayard Street is a must-visit for NYC tourists and locals alike. The shop is an intimate, small space serving big flavors. From Black Sesame, Red Bean, Pandan, Taro, Durian, Lychee, and more, experience authentic flavors of China like never before!

3.) Tipsy Scoop | Have you ever heard of a “barlor?” Well, now you have! An ice cream parlor and a bar, the Tipsy Scoop is the dreamy and boozy result when you mix alcohol with ice cream! Alcohol ice cream is an upward trend in the dessert market, and Tipsy Scoop is one of the best places in NYC to tackle both cravings at once! Putting a spin on classic cocktails, customers can enjoy chilly and sweet cocktails like the (C)old-fashioned and buzz-worthy scoops, like the Cake Batter Vodka Martini and the Raspberry Limoncello Sorbet flavors.

4.) Sugar Hill Creamery | Created by a husband-and-wife duo, Nick Larsen and Petrushka Bazin Larsen’s zany seasonal flavors are inspired by the combination of their Midwestern and Caribbean backgrounds. Paying tribute to their home and community in Harlem, Sugar Hill Creamery is inspired by the “sweet life” residents of the Harlem Renaissance shared together. With inventive, sometimes out-of-this-world flavors, like the Ramen scoop and the ginger and turmeric candy-inspired Tuma Buna, the shop not only sources its ingredients locally but also give back to their community outside of their uplifting neighborhood ice cream shop.

5 | Mikey Likes It | Mixing New York pop-culture icons with inventive ice cream flavors, the founder of Mikey Likes It, Michael Cole, creates an ice cream experience that’ll have your taste buds booming with joy. With artisanal, organic, locally sourced ice cream inspired by pop-culture A-listers like Jay-Z, customers can enjoy flavors like Jack & Jill, a peanut butter ice cream with strawberry preserves, and Eat to Heal, a vegan flavor with blueberry hibiscus ice cream with a cayenne pepper swirl. The best part is Mikey will even mix up your own flavor if you ask! Whatever flavor you choose, Mikey guarantees you’ll like it.

6.) Eddie’s Sweet Shop | Live out your Grease-lightening fantasy when you visit this old-fashioned soda shop in Queens! The oldest ice cream parlor in New York City, Eddie’s Sweet Shop has the scoop on the best (and biggest) ice cream sundaes, malts, and shakes in town. Serving happiness in a scoop since 1925, the shop is best known for its towers of ice cream sundaes, which come in the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, banana splits, and the sweet nostalgia of its old-school ice cream parlor décor.

7.) Oddfellow’s Ice Cream Co. | Known as Brooklyn’s Finest Ice Cream, Oddfellow’s Ice Cream Co. is the mastermind result following one of the owner’s brilliant yet relentless pregnancy cravings. Since the opening of its first shop in 2013, the odd ice cream shop has shared over 500 wacky and creative ice cream flavors, including Miso Cherry, Vegan Matcha & Black Sesame Seed, and Ricotta Lemon Spongecake. Jumping on the alcohol ice cream trend, the shop also offers boozy sweet flavors like Maybe Sammy’s La Finca and Death & Co’s Buko Gimlet.

8.) Ample Hills Creamery | Looking for flavors that will remind you of grandma’s baking? With over ten locations, Ample Hills Creamery has quickly become a Brooklyn hotspot since its opening in 2013. Scooping up favorites like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, I Wanna Dance with Some Berry, and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace, a brown sugar cinnamon base mixed with chunks of oatmeal lace cookies, every bite is a huge hug of comfort for your senses.

9.) Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream | Whether you enjoy a scoop of traditional vanilla or are always on the search for the newest flavor combination, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream has the perfect flavor for you! With over 88 flavors available, the shop offers whimsical flavors, like Banana Curry, and fun takes on vanilla, combining it with ingredients like bourbon or burnt honey.

10.) Malai Ice Cream | Travel the world through the intriguing and inspiring handcrafted ice cream creations at Malai Ice Cream! Founded by Pooja Bavis, the shop originated as a store-bought ice cream brand and finally opened up its first storefront on Cobble Hill. Enjoy exotic flavors like Turkish Coffee, Fig on Fig, Baklava, Masala Chai, and Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, or try out its seasonal flavors, including Sweet Roti and Ghee. If you’re looking for a flavor wholly original, we recommend the Agate Candy Saffron, inspired by Bavis’ winning dish on Food Network’s Chopped Sweets.

Last Tips

Ready to find your chill amongst the hustle and bustle of New York City? Satiate your sweet tooth and dive into the sweet nostalgia of childhood happiness with the 10 best ice cream shops in NYC! With something for everyone, be sure to share a bite with your loved ones and discover your next favorite ice cream flavor as you tour the Big Apple. You never know what fantastic sweet you’ll find outside your favorite Midtown East hotel! For more vacation itinerary inspiration, be sure to check out the Westgate Travel Blog for the hottest NYC spots and delicious hidden fares!