Sunday Is National Ice Cream Day: Here’s Where to Get Free, Cheap and Extra-Special Scoops
When it comes to summer holidays, it’s hard to pick a favorite. We blissed out with fireworks and hot dogs on the Fourth, and we fully intend to spend Labor Day basking on a beach. But only one day holds the honor of being all about our favorite seasonal treat: National Ice Cream Day, the third Sunday in July (that would be this Sunday the 16th). Here’s where to celebrate with freebies, deals, and limited-run flavors.
The OddFellows Carnival at Chefs Club Counter will give away cones to the first 25 customers on July 16 (it opens at noon). You can order one of the signature creations, like the Concession Stand (caramel popcorn soft serve with salted caramel, popcorn and chocolate pearls) or the Pink Dip (raspberry sherbet soft serve dipped in pink chocolate dip with freeze-dried raspberry, Pop Rocks and gold dust) or choose your own soft serve and toppings. Though, we’re inclined to trust the experts.
62 Spring St.; oddfellowsnyc.com
On July 14 (that’s today, people), the ubiquitous chain will offer free Mint Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza samples from 12 to 5 p.m. at participating locations. This “pizza” is actually a brownie crust topped with mint chocolate-chip ice cream, Oreo pieces, fudge and marshmallow. Epic. We also heard it might be worth it to download the Baskin-Robbins app for National Ice Cream Day (July 16) perks.
Participating locations; baskinrobbins.com
If you grew up in the tri-state area, you’re undoubtedly familiar with this homegrown chain (and its unmistakable Fudgie the Whale cakes). On Sunday, relive your childhood with a buy-one-get-one-free deal on any size soft serve in any flavor. Best of all, Carvel will make a contribution to the Save the Whales marine conservation charity in honor of Fudgie’s 40th birthday.
Participating locations; carvel.com
The Brooklyn-based subscription ice-cream service (yep, it’s a thing) changes its menu every month. So on July 16, stop by Milkmade’s brick-and-mortar location for a Montauk-inspired addition to the lineup: Watermelon Ale Sorbet, made with beer from Montauk Brewing Company.
204 Sackett St., Brooklyn; milkmadeicecream.com
Between July 16 and Labor Day, go to all seven Ample Hills locations, get your “passport” stamped and receive a free ice cream as part of the “Tour de Hills.” If you dare to take on the ultimate challenge and complete it in one single day, you’ll also nab a free Ample Hills shirt and cookbook. Challenge accepted.
Various locations; amplehills.com
Top Chef alum Frances Tariga shares her favorite ice cream flavor for the summer—jackfruit—at the modern Japanese eatery in the Dream Downtown. The Philippines-born chef will offer the exotic scoops all day on July 16.
355 West 16th St.; meguworldwide.com
All month, the shop will be giving away prizes via Instagram, and on Sunday, it’ll release its boozy limited-edition Peach Frosé Rose sundae: a pink cone bowl with two scoops of peach frosé rosé sorbet, topped with edible rose petals and garnished with peach rings and cherries. More like rosé all month.
217 E. 26th St.; tipsyscoop.com
The shop with the fish-shaped waffle cones that took Instagram by storm will be offering a two-for-one deal on ice-cream cups (in flavors like matcha and black sesame) with two toppings and a drizzle for just $5. You’ll have to shell out for that famous fish cone, though.
119 Baxter St.; taiyakinyc.com
While this fast-casual spot is known for its portable, overstuffed “pizza cones,” it’s launching a tiramisu soft-serve gelato (let that sink in for a second), which will be offered two-for-one on National Ice Cream Day. It’s served with ladyfingers, topped with Caffe Vita cold brew and dusted with cocoa powder. And no one said you couldn’t eat both servings yourself.
144 Orchard St.; trapizzinousa.com
This retro-style burger-and-shake joint is offering free mini cones—made with milk directly from upstate’s Ronnybrook Farm—at its 21st Street location on Saturdays and Sundays all month long. And since they’re still only $1 the rest of the week, you won’t need to decide between just vanilla, chocolate or swirl.
180 Seventh Ave.; creamlinenyc.com
On Sunday, 16 Handles is launching a brand-new ice cream flavor (not yogurt), Strawberry Shortcake, which you can get for free on National Ice Cream Day if you have the 16 Handles app.
Select locations; 16handles.com
Yep, even grocery stores are getting in on the action: Get thee to your local Whole Foods on National Ice Cream Day for any two Ben & Jerry’s pints for $6. (Then indulge in the best Netflix night ever.)
All New York City locations; wholefoodsmarket.com