For A ‘Not Your Everyday’ Ice Cream Experience—Look No Further
By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2017
There’s nothing better than the cool, sweet taste of ice cream on a summer’s day (or any day, to be honest!). But sometimes you have to ditch the ‘same old, same old’ for something a little new and daring. So head to these New York City ice cream shops to find your new favorite flavor or version of this sweet treat.
199 Avenue A, East Village
This East Village staple features some old-school ice cream parlor vibes, complete with employees wearing all-white soda jerk uniforms. And did you ever think you’d find ice cream flavors that reference pop culture, like Ice Ice Baby, Pink Floyd, and Milli Vanilli? What’s cooler is that a portion of Mikey’s profits are donated to school programs that benefit underprivileged youth in NYC, so you know your money is going to some really great causes.
188 Ludlow St., Lower East Side
Chefs and caterers are encouraged to develop new and unique flavors here at Il Laboratorio del Gelato, this Lower East Side gelato lab and shop. They feature 200 flavors of anything you can imagine, from cheddar cheese to avocado. But don’t worry—if you’re craving your usual mint chocolate chip, they’ve still got you covered.
Locations in Flushing, Forest Hills, East Village, and West Village
Snowdays specializes in shaved cream, which is the combination of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices. And rather than tasting like shaved ice, it tastes exactly like ice cream. They even use organic dairy from the Hudson Valley. On top of all that, Snowdays gives back to the community as well by supporting local charities, schools, and artists.
4. Tipsy Scoop
217 East 26th Street
If you’re like most people I know, liquor and ice cream are high on your list of favorite things. So Tipsy Scoop combines the two to create liquor-infused ice cream. With flavors like Spiked S’more, Red Velvet Martini, and Tequila Mexican “Hot” Chocolate, you just can’t go wrong.
65 Bayard Street, Chinatown
If you like bold Asian flavors, you’re in luck. One of Chinatown’s oldest businesses just happens to serve up ice cream with a Chinese twist. Asian fruits like Durian and Lychee, as well as Ginger and Black Sesame are among some of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s flavors. So the next time you’re craving your regular sesame chicken, get it in frozen form instead.
6. Ice and Vice
221 East Broadway, Lower East Side
Edgy and experimental, Ice and Vice is constantly pushing the boundaries of ice cream. Just take a look at some of their flavors for proof: bath salts (lavender, pine stracciatella), Opium Den (white sesame, toasted poppy seed, lemon bread crouton), and Gold Digger (kalamansi, olive oil sorbet). Intriguing, no?
Locations in Chinatown, Lower East Side, and Queens
10Below’s forte is rolled ice cream, inspired by Thai street food. Your ice cream rolls are all made to order by taking liquid ice cream and pouring it into a freezing metal container. Then they use a scraper to roll the ice cream, and voila! Unsurprisingly, lines are usually out the door, but you’ll be glad you waited.
8. Holey Cream
796 9th Avenue, Midtown
These donut ice cream sandwiches are everything you could ever want when you’re craving something sweet. Two halves of a donut bookend some seriously delicious and unique flavors like Outrageous Java Guatemala and Pirates Booty. You’ll never want to chow down on anything else.
Editor’s Note: This feature was previously published in July 2016; links have been verified and updated.