Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Our Top Picks


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With warm weather ahead, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about where you want to grab a cold treat in The Big Apple. It’s totally okay to indulge once in a while, so keep that in mind when you check out our six favorite ice cream shops in New York City:

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Morgenstern’s is a Lower East Side gem. Each bite provides another mouthwatering hit of flavor whether you get the Salt & Pepper Pinenut, Peanut Butter Picoso’s or Burnt Honey Vanilla. Want to please a crowd? Morgenstern’s makes a unique, delicious creation called the Salted Caramel Pretzel cake. Like the name implies, this cake includes salted caramel ice cream with caramel cake and is frosted with meringue, caramel and pretzels.  Check out their full menu at MorgensternsNYC.com.

2 Rivington Street, New York

Ample Hills Creamery

With one Manhattan and two Brooklyn permanent locations, Ample Hills Creamery has made its mark on the NYC ice cream scene for good reason—it’s doesn’t disappoint.  Available flavors rotate so you’ll never get bored with their selection. Regular favorites include Butter Pecan Brittle made with brown sugar ice cream and pieces of homemade pecan brittle and Mexican Hot Chocolate which is dark chocolate ice cream with Saigon cinnamon and ground chili flakes.  Hint: There are two seasonal locations in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar in Queens. Visit AmpleHills.com for more information.

In Brooklyn: 

623 Vanderbilt Avenue
305 Nevins Street

In Manhattan:

600 11th Avenue

Oddfellows

There are two tasty ways to enjoy Oddfellows ice cream parlor in New York City. One way is to visit the flagship store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the other is check out Oddfellows – The Sandwich Shop in East Village. At the Williamsburg location you’ll find a variety of unique flavors such as Caramelized White Chocolate with Toasted Almonds or Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet. The Sandwich Shop is perfect if you prefer a diverse range of ice cream sandwiches—either way, you can’t go wrong.

Flagship – 175 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn / The Sandwich Shop – 75 East 4th Street

Davey’s Ice Cream

Davey’s is another popular NYC ice cream parlor that’s built quite the positive reputation. Flavors here are a bit more tame than other shops on the list with classic like Strawberry Swirl and Cookies & Cream, but certainly not less rewarding. Enjoy your ice cream in their homemade cinnamon sugar waffle cone or have a few scoops in a cup. Available toppings include sprinkles, cookie crumble, coconut, candied pecans, fresh strawberries and whipped cream made in-house.

137 1st Avenue, New York

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

If the name doesn’t give it away, this West Village staple is simply fun. Enjoy ice cream hand-dipped favorites like the Salty Pimp which features vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt and chocolate dip or the Bea Author which is made with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and crushed ‘Nilla wafers. Recently the brand has opened a spot in the East Village and in Philadelphia. Big Gay Ice Cream has been in the New York Times, on the Food Network and in other noteworthy press.

61 Grove Street & 125 East 7th Street, New York

The Sweet Shop

For the highest quality ice cream in the City and a variety of other sweet treats, you must visit The Sweet Shop on New York’s Upper East Side. Choose from a selection of chocolate bars, licorice, old time favorites like Pop Rocks and candy necklaces, delectable handmade marshmallows and more.  It’s so popular that there is usually a line out the door—but trust us, it’s worth it.

404 East 73rd Street, New York

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