The Best Ice Cream in New York City, Ranked
One Szechuan-peppercorn-chocolate cone, please
In NYC, you have your pick of the best of the best, including melty Nutella gelato stuffed in a donut, wasabi ice cream in a waffle cone and the one and only Salty Pimp. (Trust us, it’s amazing.)
Here are the 22 ice cream shops you need to visit this summer.
22. SHAKE SHACK
Come for the ShackBurger; stay for the frozen custard. The flavors rotate once a week, so grab your cherry streusel in a cup while it lasts.
Multiple locations in New York City; 646-545-4600 or shakeshack.com
21. SUNDAES AND CONES
Sorry, no vanilla here. Try the black sesame and wasabi in a waffle cone.
95 E. Tenth St. (at Third Ave.); 212-979-9398 or sundaescones.com
20. BLACK TAP
You’ll wait for the better part of the day outside to score one of these epic milkshakes, so go on a nice day and work on your tan.
529 Broome St. (at Sullivan St.); 917-639-3089 or blacktapnyc.com
19. A LA MODE SHOPPE
This shop for kids is dairy- and nut-free, and the blue cotton candy marshmallow is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater.
360 E. 55th St. (at First Ave.); 917-639-3401 or alamodeshoppe.com
17. BIG GAY ICE CREAM
One bite of the Salty Pimp (yep, you heard us) and you’ll never be the same again.
Locations in the East and West Village; 212-533-9333 or biggayicecream.com
16. SUPERIORITY BURGER
When this joint isn’t slinging the best damn vegan burger known to man, it’s serving up scoops of gelato and sorbet. Try a vanilla-labne gelato and strawberry sorbet twist.
430 E. Ninth St. (at Ave. A); 212-256-1192 or superiorityburger.com
15. IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO
At this ice-cream lab, you can get a taste of experimental flavors like fresh basil, mascarpone and butternut squash.
188 Ludlow St. (at E. Houston St.); 212-343-9922 or laboratoriodelgelato.com
This oh-so-Instagrammable sweet treat isn’t kidding around--the ice cream is wrapped inside a giant homemade waffle.
60 Mulberry St. (at Bayard St.)
Speaking of Instagram moments, have you met Thai ice cream rolls? They’re melted on a metal plate, then scraped up into ribbons, and they’ll get tons of likes from your followers.
10 Mott St. (at Bowery); 212-965-1336 or 10belowicecream.com
12. DOMINIQUE ANSEL KITCHEN
Three words: Burrata soft serve.
137 Seventh Ave. S. (at Charles St.); 212-242-5111 or dominiqueanselkitchen.com
There’s a new flavor handcrafted every month, so get your hands on the New York-style-cheesecake ice cream with a graham-cracker crust while it lasts.
204 Sackett St. (at Henry St.), Brooklyn; milkmadeicecream.com
9. BROOKLYN BELL’S THE LOCAL
Black-lava-caramel ice cream with real Hawaiian lava salt? Don’t mind if we do.
843 Classon Ave. (at Lincoln Pl.), Brooklyn; 718-399-2613 or brooklynbell.com
Brave the crowds for a scoop of pistachio. It’s worth it.
200 Fifth Ave. (at 23rd St.); 212-229-2560 or eataly.com
7. THE ORIGINAL CHINATOWN ICE CREAM FACTORY
Looking for adventure? Try the banana durian.
65 Bayard St. (at Mott St.); 212-608-4170 or chinatownicecreamfactory.com
6. AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY
One scoop of salted crack caramel, please. Actually, make it two--we’re not driving.
Multiple locations in New York City; 347-240-3926 or amplehills.com
5. DAVEY’S ICE CREAM
There’s a reason this shop is an East Village institution, and that reason is speculoos ice cream.
137 First Ave. (at St. Mark’s Pl.); 212-228-8032 or daveysicecream.com
4. ICE & VICE
Oh, just a sensible dessert--Mexican vanilla and black-lava salt in a blue-corn honey cone, with a malted vanilla and Mexican-chocolate-brownie-ice-cream sandwich on top. You know, the usual.
221 E. Broadway (at Clinton St.); 646-678-3687 or iceandvice.com
3. VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM
Good news, vegans: This East Village shop makes a very tasty peanut butter chocolate chip just for you.
48 E. Seventh St. (at Second Ave.); 718-715-0758 or vanleeuwenicecream.com
2. ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM
Yeah, we’ll take three scoops of carrot cake cream cheese, please. It’s not like you can get that flavor anywhere else.
175 Kent Ave. (at N. 3rd St.); 347-599-0556 or oddfellowsnyc.com
1. MORGENSTERN’S FINEST ICE CREAM
If Szechuan-peppercorn-chocolate ice cream is wrong, then we don’t wanna be right. (Bonus points for prettiest scoops.)
2 Rivington St. (at Bowery); 212-209-7684 or morgensternsnyc.com