There is nothing quite like the sweet aroma of a New York ice cream shop. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a wave of milky goodness before you can close the door. Instead of ordering your typical vanilla bean ice cream cone, here are a few that we recommend for you to try this summer!
Thai Tea Ice Cream Roll – 10Below
Originating from Thailand, rolled ice cream might be the hottest frozen dessert of the summer. First and foremost, ice cream crafters pour milk and a couple ingredients of your choosing onto a cold plate. What happens afterwards is a spectacle to behold: the components are then chopped, smushed, laid out, and rolled into a creamy confection. The Thai tea rolled ice cream hits the sweet spot: the smooth texture matches well with its light and airy consistency.
Sweetist Tip: Oreos and a roasted marshmallow go perfectly with Thai ice cream!
Address: 10 Mott St
DIY Ice Cream – Magnum
Magnum has opened its divinely doors in SoHo! In addition to their signature chocolate flavor, Magnum differentiates from all the other ice cream shops with this special characteristic: customization. From rich ice cream flavors to decadent toppings to crunchy, creamy coatings, customers from all over the world have their eyes on this.
Sweetist Tip: you better get them quick – Magnum closes its NYC doors in August! You can’t find rose petals and goji berries in any ice cream bar.
Address: 134 Prince St
Ice Cream Sandwiches – Melt
Ever imagine a Good Humor ice cream sandwich on steroids? Well, you can find them in Melt. They have truly stepped up the ice cream sandwich game. One-upping the traditional ice cream sandwich, Melt uses soft cookies instead of chocolate wafers. It’s your provocative. Your choice for cookie and ice cream combinations are endless!
Sweetist Tip: you can’t leave the shop without trying out the red velvet cookie with vanilla ice cream!
Address: 132 Orchard St
Cereal Milk Soft Serve – Momofuku
Who would have ever thought to have Frosted Flakes milk with a soft serve when we were younger? How can an ice cream be so light, yet so full of sugary goodness (with a sprinkle of Frosted Flakes)? Well, these ideas are brought to life at the magnificent Momofuku Milk Bar! This can be found in various locations throughout the city, where Momofuku’s classic creations are both parts unique and nostalgic.
Sweetist Tip: their sweet yet salty crack pie is the perfect complement for this sugary soft serve.
Address: 561 Columbus Ave
Lychee Rose Ice Cream - Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
when it comes to exotic Asian-themed flavors, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is an ice cream connoisseur. From red bean to Zen butter, this petite mom-and-pop shop will have you wanting more. The rose lychee ice cream is the perfect fix for those with full stomachs from dinner and need a fragrant yet delicate dessert. The lychee on its own is rich and creamy, but the rose accent gives the ice cream a little tea taste.
Pro Tip: lychee rose not your thing? Other exclusive, Asian-themed flavors include: black sesame, almond cookie, Zen butter, and pandan.
Address: 65 Bayard St