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Executive Pastry Chef for AvroKo Hospitality
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.
Marketing consultant, food network voyeur
Have been here before but never tried the Chorizo Caramel swirl. Just looked up some photos of it and it looks amazing! Good call!
over 1 year ago
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
Thanks for the recommendation Brian! Only spot on this list I haven't been yet!
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
It's always exciting discovering a new ice cream spot, especially when you hear about it from a pastry chef! Thanks Brian~!!
Executive Chef, Freehold Brooklyn
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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Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen
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).
Flushing, Queens resident, gastronome and wine aficianado
So glad they are opening up more locations! My favorite on the list too ;)
11 months ago
+1 ON this as the best on the list!
Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
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.
Work in culinary media and publishing
One of the best places for sweets in the city!
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Awesome tip I had not heard of this
New York City
Pastry sous chef - Ai Fiori
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.
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
I loved your review for this place! It's the only shop on the list I haven't been to yet but sounds delicious!
I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food
Great background -- I trust what a pastry chef has to say about ice cream lol. Really helpful thank you much!
Southern comfort food all the way
Fantastic review for this, really enjoyed!
Pastry Chef at American Cut
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....
Haha I loved this! Great review!
Sounds like some amazing flavors here...that Angel food sounds spectacular!
Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks
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.
Ruinart Brand Ambassador
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.
Hadn't even considered this as an ice cream location despite living in the EV. Great tip!
Executive Pastry Chef Maialino and Marta
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.
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
Very cool! I've wanted to try Grom for a while, this has inspired me to go check it out!
Thanks so much for the recommendation! I love Marta and Maialino both so I will trust your word on this :)
L'Albero dei Gelati is my favorite spot in brooklyn, glad you gave them a shout out!
That pistachio gelato sounds good right about now. Lovely reading this thank you!
Executive Pastry Chef - Hakkasan Group USA
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!
Haha those people are the worst! This sounds amazing though thanks for the rec!
11 months ago
11 months ago
Food writer and lover of all things chocolate
Very cool! One of the few shops on here I hadn't really heard about, but I will definitely be trying it out!
Coffee addict and world traveler
Love the sound of choclate and birds eye chili...very intriguing!
Morgan Reeds Ammerman
New York City and Sonoma County
Sous chef patissier at The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Russian River Valley
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.
I am a huge sucker for mint ice cream, so you can bet I will be checking this out. Thanks for the great rec!
Co-founder of RoundTable
I'm going to be in the LES this weekend..this will definitely be one of my stops :)
Wow I loved this! Definitely adding this to my list!
Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
Pastry chef at Violet's Bake Shoppe
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!
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
This is the only ice cream place in the city I think is worth braving the long lines. So good!
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
I will take the pastry chefs word for it. I'm excited to try this now that the weather is warm!
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.
OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
L'Arte del Gelato
Ice & Vice
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
Ample Hills Creamery
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