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wilson-cho

Inventory Manager at Momofuku Milk Bar

Wilson Cho and 10 others upvoted this place
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sydney-willcox

Sydney Willcox

New York City

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Sydney Willcox

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 18 others

This is quite a difficult question to answer! With summer around the corner, New Yorkers will become very opinionated about their favorite ice cream shops. As a real ice cream lover, I appreciate every shop mentioned in this list.. However my recent number one spot is Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn. They serve the most velvety and rich frozen custard, with simple flavors that highlight the high quality ingredients they use (hormone free, grass fed cows and organic cane sugar).

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monica-baczkowski

Flushing, Queens resident, gastronome and wine aficianado

Monica Baczkowski

So glad they are opening up more locations! My favorite on the list too ;)

Reply 11 months ago

jake-barnes

England native

Jake Barnes

+1 ON this as the best on the list!

Reply 11 months ago

amador-acosta

Amador Acosta

New York City

Corporate Chef, Altamarea Group

Amador Acosta and 20 others upvoted this place
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brian-yurko

Brian Yurko

New York City

Executive Pastry Chef for AvroKo Hospitality

Brian Yurko

Executive Pastry Chef for AvroKo Hospitality

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 20 others

Pastry maestro Sam Mason easily makes some of the best ice cream in town hands down. Chorizo Caramel Swirl is worth the trip over the bridge to his main shop in Williamsburg if his smaller storefront is out of it on East 4th St. 21 rotating flavors of Ice Cream and Sorbet can be turned into much more than scoops on their own: handmade waffle cones, sundaes, floats, ice cream sandwiches made with brioche buns... Can't go wrong. Ever.

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scott-chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Scott Chen

Have been here before but never tried the Chorizo Caramel swirl. Just looked up some photos of it and it looks amazing! Good call!

Reply over 1 year ago

alyssa-heitlinger

Private chef specializing in Italian, French

Alyssa Heitlinger

Thanks for the recommendation Brian! Only spot on this list I haven't been yet!

Reply over 1 year ago

ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

It's always exciting discovering a new ice cream spot, especially when you hear about it from a pastry chef! Thanks Brian~!!

Reply over 1 year ago

michael-boulos

Michael Boulos

Williamsburg

www.freeholdbrooklyn.com

Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn

Michael Boulos

Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 6 others

Since taking the helm at Freehold, it's been a pleasure working with the guys at Oddfellows. Not only are they a local shop, just around the corner from us, but their rotating menu of seasonal, eclectic flavors is second to none in NYC. Some personal favorites that we've used at the restaurant include a Red Cedar Vanilla, Grapefruit-Jalapeno Sorbet, Buttermilk Honey Blueberry and Brown-Butter Sage. Don't miss out on their range of toppings and homemade cones either!

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Tricia Cole and 18 others found this answer helpful
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239 E 5th St, New York, NY
jay-farley

Jay Farley

NYC

thisediblelife.com

Chef de Cuisine at Empellon Taqueria

Jay Farley

Chef de Cuisine at Empellon Taqueria

Answer found helpful by Harold Flescher and 18 others

Let me guide you to one of the original and probably oldest chef’s counter in the city, Degustation. Chef Nick Licata blends Iberian, French and American cuisines to form a luxurious tasting of modest morsels to your plate.
The brain child of Chef Wesley Genovart and Owner Jack Lamb, Degustation made its mark on a dark East Village street back before internet food trends and Eater. It sits quietly perched beneath the tree-lined street, just out of the reach of the grimy drunkards that usually patrol the area. You might actually walk by a few times before you notice the tiny little square window with the tiny little view of the master in his kitchen.
Licata has been at the helm for a while now, steadily pushing out strong and delicious dishes at a consistent rate. He is like a sniper, sitting and waiting for his target. Patience is a word that describes him best. His palate is refined and is absolute with the surroundings.
Get a reservation for two and sit and watch a true artist at a real chef’s counter.

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kayneel-srivastava

Explorer of food and beer

Kayneel Srivastava and 14 others found this answer helpful
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104 North End Ave, New York, NY
john-karangis

Executive Chef at Union Square Events

John Karangis

Executive Chef at Union Square Events

Answer found helpful by Kayneel Srivastava and 14 others

The best chefs counter dining experience I’ve had recently was at North End Grill. Chef Eric Korsh is cooking the kind of food that I want to eat, and eat often. His charcuterie is fantastic! I recently had his Berkshire Tomahawk pork chop, octopus and Dover sole, all cooked over white oak right in front of you. His butterscotch pudding and opera cake with milk sherbet was as good as I ever had. Now that reminds me to make a reservation for Mother’s Day!

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daniela-garcia

If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it

Daniela Garcia and 18 others found this answer helpful
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sydney-willcox

Sydney Willcox

New York City

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Sydney Willcox

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Answer found helpful by Mangal Dev and 18 others

This is quite a difficult question to answer! With summer around the corner, New Yorkers will become very opinionated about their favorite ice cream shops. As a real ice cream lover, I appreciate every shop mentioned in this list.. However my recent number one spot is Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn. They serve the most velvety and rich frozen custard, with simple flavors that highlight the high quality ingredients they use (hormone free, grass fed cows and organic cane sugar).

Helpful 19 Comments (2)
monica-baczkowski

Flushing, Queens resident, gastronome and wine aficianado

Monica Baczkowski

So glad they are opening up more locations! My favorite on the list too ;)

Reply 11 months ago

jake-barnes

England native

Jake Barnes

+1 ON this as the best on the list!

Reply 11 months ago

raven-smithson

Media/PR, wine lover, cheese addict

Raven Smithson and 15 others found this answer helpful
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tara-glick

Tara Glick

New York

Pastry Chef at American Cut

Tara Glick

Pastry Chef at American Cut

Answer found helpful by Amador Acosta and 15 others

Ok, I'll admit it...my favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla. Call it boring, but a great vanilla ice cream is truly an amazing thing! Morgenstern's has not one, but four different vanilla options. My favorite was the Angel Food, which had a really delicate texture and flavor. You also can't go wrong with the chocolate oat...it's an oat-infused base with chunks of chocolate. Did I mention the szechuan peppercorn chocolate? Yep, I'm that girl with the monster 3 scoop ice cream cone. No shame. It's all in the of "professional research." At least that's what I tell my accountant when I bring him all my crumpled Morgenstern's receipts at the end of the year....

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Olivia Martinez

Haha I loved this! Great review!

Reply 11 months ago

Christina White

Sounds like some amazing flavors here...that Angel food sounds spectacular!

Reply 11 months ago

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amy-mitchell

Sommelier @ Italienne

Amy Mitchell

Sommelier @ Italienne

tess-tripodi

Tess Tripodi

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/cheftrip

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

Tess Tripodi

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

jocelyn-guest

Jocelyn Guest

Brooklyn

instagram: joceygu

Whole animal butcher. Formerly head butcher at Dicksons Farmstand (NY) and Lindy & Grundy (LA).

Jocelyn Guest

Whole animal butcher. Formerly head butcher at Dicksons Farmstand (NY) and Lindy & Grundy (LA).