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Chocolate. Vanilla. Strawberry. Always good choices. Chocolate chai? Cherry vanilla? Black-pepper strawberry? Even better ones. (And we haven’t even gotten to the Mexican Coke yet.) Check out five local creameries that are taking flavor combos to the next level.

Rum & Coke Raisin

This is one of those “Where has this been all my life?” moments. Davey’s Ice Cream in the East Village whips drunken rum raisins into sweet cream that has been infused with--wait for it--Mexican Coke. It's an occasional special, but even the shop’s simple strawberry variety gets a kick of black pepper. It’s just how they do.

Davey’s Ice Cream, 137 First Ave. (at St. Marks Pl.)


Maker's Mark Manhattan

More of a whiskey girl? The traveling Coolhaus truck spikes its ice cream with Maker?s Mark and folds in sour cherries. Order it in a cup or in a sandwich of equally inventive cookies (hi, potato chip and butterscotch) and call it a day.

Follow @CoolhausNY on Twitter for truck locations and daily flavors


It only makes sense that the world’s creamiest fruit is spun into the city’s healthiest cone. (OK, we have no real evidence of that, but hey, it’s got omega-3s?) Hit up OddFellows in Williamsburg or the East Village to see if the scoop of avocado is available. But really, any of the shop's rotating flavors are worthy of this list.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co., 75 E. Fourth St. (at Second Ave.); 175 Kent Ave. (at N. Third St.), Brooklyn

Earl Grey Tea

The beloved day starter is now a day maker at Van Leeuwen. This is our go-to shop (and truck) for sophisticated flavors like Ceylon cinnamon, currants and cream, and gianduja.

Van Leeuwen locations throughout NYC

Treats on Treats on Treats

How to win at Smorgasburg: Get creative with a foundation of your choosing (maybe a coconut from Summers or a pie from Butter & Scotch) and ask the folks at Alchemy Creamery to top it with one of their inventive dairy-free scoops, like almond marzipan or chocolate chai.

Various Smorgasburg locations

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