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What are New York City's best ice cream shops?

Upvoted by Mangal Dev and 20 others
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!

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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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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 ;)

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jake-barnes

England native

Jake Barnes

+1 ON this as the best on the list!

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Upvoted by Carey Pruett and 10 others
780 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Michael Gitlevich and 15 others

We've been on a hunt for great ice cream this summer! One of the unlikely spots to make good ice cream is in fact a cupcake shop. We found the texture of the ice cream and the crunchy garnishes to be fantastic; the flavors, captain crunch and rocky road, classic all American flavors, well executed; and the value great, one scoop is sufficient. They definitely deserve to be on this list.

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alison-starke

Work in culinary media and publishing

Alison Starke

One of the best places for sweets in the city!

Reply over 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Awesome tip I had not heard of this

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jenny Lee and 5 others
maria-gaube

Maria Gaube

New York City

Www.aifiori.com

Pastry sous chef - Ai Fiori

Maria Gaube

Pastry sous chef - Ai Fiori

Answer found helpful by Andrew Johnson and 16 others

My personal favorite spot are the little carts around new york city, by L'Arte del Gelato. Some of them include the highline location, columbus circle and chealsea market.

I love their clean and traditional flavors. You won't find any crazy and unusual flavors at this spot, but this is what makes them so delicious. They are good, clean flavors, some of my favorites are Cinnamon and Dulce de Leche.

I was born in Uruguay, where there was some Italian influence, and the texture and flavors of these gelatos remind me a lot of my childhood. They remind me of trips with my family and going to visit in the summer and eating these amazing Ice creams.

There is definitely nothing better than getting a scoop of gelato on a hot summer day in Manhattan, I definitely gravitate towards these stands around the city when I am walking by.

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lara-chang

Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's

Lara Chang

I loved your review for this place! It's the only shop on the list I haven't been to yet but sounds delicious!

Reply 11 months ago

skyler-zeiger

I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food

Skyler Zeiger

Great background -- I trust what a pastry chef has to say about ice cream lol. Really helpful thank you much!

Reply 11 months ago

bradley-kent

Southern comfort food all the way

Bradley Kent

Fantastic review for this, really enjoyed!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Amador Acosta and 4 others
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!

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Upvoted by Gianluca ElAmir and 4 others
293 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Answer found helpful by Lara Chang and 6 others

Forte Grace is a very cute, retro ice cream shop that always makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

They have my favorite vanilla ice cream in the world. It is custardy and packed with vanilla bean. I usually like to do a double scoop like the one shown in my Instagram photo of my last trip there. I always do a scoop of vanilla and one of their seasonal sorbets to make a creamsicle sort of effect. I have a feeling I'll be visiting this spot even in the winter.

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lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Dan Mueller and 14 others

Ok maybe you've heard about it. Maybe you've even feasted on the shockingly delicious veggie fare. BUT, have you tried the gelato and sorbet? Don't forget the chef and owner is the James Beard award winner former pastry chef of Del Posto. The man knows his way around a sweet frozen situation. For a mere $4, you can try both flavors du jour without unbuttoning your pants or breaking the bank. Recently labne gelato and rhubarb sorbet was on deck. My fav was the black sesame gelato (with a nice kick of salt) side by side with the guava sorbet (tarted up with lime). Follow their Instagram for the ever changing specials and flavors.

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jake-barnes

England native

Jake Barnes

Hadn't even considered this as an ice cream location despite living in the EV. Great tip!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Debbie Kommer and 3 others
233 Bleecker St, New York, NY
jessica-weiss

Executive Pastry Chef Maialino and Marta

Jessica Weiss

Executive Pastry Chef Maialino and Marta

Answer found helpful by Christina White and 16 others

I have to say I’m always checking out Gelato shops. My favorite in NYC right now is Grom. I measure every shop by how good their pistachio gelato is. It’s my benchmark. Theirs is awesome. Very roasted pistachio flavor and of course perfect texture. I also adore the authenticity of the shop compared to Italy and the fact that you can see them spin the gelato is an added treat.

I also have to give a shout out to L'Albero dei Gelati in Park Slope. I know it is Brooklyn, but they are crushing it! They are from Milan and are doing it right! A little piece of Italy right here in Brooklyn. Their pistachio is my new favorite, although you can’t go wrong with any flavor you choose.

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kayla-chang

Kayla Chang

New York City

Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic

Kayla Chang

Very cool! I've wanted to try Grom for a while, this has inspired me to go check it out!

Reply 11 months ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Thanks so much for the recommendation! I love Marta and Maialino both so I will trust your word on this :)

Reply 11 months ago

Olivia Martinez

L'Albero dei Gelati is my favorite spot in brooklyn, glad you gave them a shout out!

Reply 11 months ago

Christina White

That pistachio gelato sounds good right about now. Lovely reading this thank you!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Liam Wager and 2 others
rory-macdonald

Executive Pastry Chef - Hakkasan Group USA

RORY MACDONALD

Executive Pastry Chef - Hakkasan Group USA

Answer found helpful by John Rudolph and 16 others

I love going here all year round - the selections are always changing and I appreciate that. This place looks like a real factory inside, it's massive and I really respect places that focus on one thing and perfect it. The last time I went I had chocolate and birds eye chili ice cream - it was hot, but it was good - just try not to get behind those people who ask for 20+ samples....... before invariably choosing vanilla!

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Haha those people are the worst! This sounds amazing though thanks for the rec!

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rory-macdonald

Executive Pastry Chef - Hakkasan Group USA

RORY MACDONALD

Anytime!

11 months ago

jess-wang

Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

Very cool! One of the few shops on here I hadn't really heard about, but I will definitely be trying it out!

Reply 11 months ago

sheila-mayo

Coffee addict and world traveler

Sheila Mayo

Love the sound of choclate and birds eye chili...very intriguing!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Johanna Shi and 2 others
235 Elizabeth St, New York, NY
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Morgan Reeds Ammerman

New York City and Sonoma County

Sous chef patissier at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Russian River Valley

Morgan Reeds Ammerman

Sous chef patissier at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Russian River Valley

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 17 others

AB Biagi is Brazilian gelato, utilizing local milk and organic Brazilian sugar. Their mint chocolate chip is packed with amazing fresh mint flavor. It's the most spectacular mint ice cream I've ever tasted. All their flavors are excellent and made with fresh ingredients as well. I've never had it, but they also do a toasted brioche ice cream sandwich called a PainGelato that's supposed to be amazing. It's right around the corner from my apartment in New York, and it is my husband's and my favorite local place for a treat in the summer.

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bradley-kent

Southern comfort food all the way

Bradley Kent

I am a huge sucker for mint ice cream, so you can bet I will be checking this out. Thanks for the great rec!

Reply 11 months ago

andrew-johnson-35

Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

I'm going to be in the LES this weekend..this will definitely be one of my stops :)

Reply 11 months ago

sheila-mayo

Coffee addict and world traveler

Sheila Mayo

Wow I loved this! Definitely adding this to my list!

Reply 11 months ago

jenny-lee

Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Sounds amazing!

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Upvoted by Eliot Abrams and 2 others
221 E Broadway, New York, NY
jonathan-yung

Jonathan Yung

Brooklyn

www.instagram.com/jyung84

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Jonathan Yung

Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe

Answer found helpful by Jenny Lee and 16 others

Ice & Vice is one of the more recent places I've discovered right on the outskirts of Chinatown. The quality of their ice cream just blew me away and their flavors are all very unique and I just love the naming for all of them. "Bath Salts" (Lavender, Pine Stracciatella) and "Opium Den" (White Sesame, Toasted Poppy Seed, Lemon Bread Crouton) are just some of the flavor names that just make you laugh out loud when you read their menu. Their "Shade" flavor (chocolate and white ganache) was my favorite there. They also have their own unique cones made specially for them with unique flavors. The employees actually have advice on which cone compliments which ice cream flavor. The shop will have a rotating menu, so be sure to post which flavors you enjoyed there!

http://iceandvice.com/flavors/

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kaylee-simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Kaylee Simmons

This is the only ice cream place in the city I think is worth braving the long lines. So good!

Reply 11 months ago

daniela-garcia

If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it

Daniela Garcia

I will take the pastry chefs word for it. I'm excited to try this now that the weather is warm!

Reply 11 months ago

Upvoted by Andrew Johnson and 1 other
kevin-chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Kevin Chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Sweet Jane’s Is my favorite ice cream store in New York not only because the owner is always on premise making ice cream, serving customers, or handing out samples; it’s because it makes my fiancé extremely happy. My fiancé is not only celiac (gluten allergic), but she also has allergies to dairy as well as several other foods. Jane offers two different types of gluten free cones, as well as a large variety of dairy free ice creams that use different bases such as soy, coconut, and almond. All the flavors change constantly, which make coming back here all the time much more enjoyable. While those that live in Manhattan or Brooklyn may not want to venture out to Astoria, if you or if you have a fiancé with strict dietary needs, it’s definitely worth the trip.

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