NYC’s Best Ice Cream

As summer draws to a semi-close, I’m realizing that I just have not had enough ice cream in my life these recent, sunny months. My bucket list through September includes revisiting some of my favorite ice cream spots in NYC. Read on for my favorite NYC spots for ice cream for all seasons. Note that this is hard ice cream only, and I’ll be coming out with a “part II” next week for my soft serve favorites 🙂


Morgenstern’s – A gorgeous space, killer chef collaborations, and inventive flavors make Morgenstern’s a home run every time. I love the old school ice cream parlor feel, and the salted caramel pretzel sundae is truly out of this world.

Van Leeuwen – Simple, classic, and seasonal, the quality of the ingredients really shines through at Van Leeuwen. My favorites are the seasonal specialties, such as the Sorrel Blackberry Jam Crumble they are featuring right now (run, don’t walk).

Snowdays – If you’re sick of the status quo and ready to try something a little different, go for the shaved ice at Snowdays. The toppings selection is eclectic and excellent – I go for the pocky.

Ample Hills Creamery – One of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors happens to stem from the evil genius of Ample Hills. It’s called “The Munchies,” and it is pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms. Also, ooey-gooey butter cake. I’ll let you find out about that one for yourself.

Ice and Vice – If you want exotic, interesting, and often just plain weird, make a beeline for Ice and Vice. Their seasonal specials are truly inventive, such as the current Orange/Papaya/Peach/Habanero offering currently on the menu. If you want more classic (note that this is not a plain vanilla establishment), don’t miss the Milk Money – which is toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache.

Oddfellows – When one has the option to make their ice cream selection into an ice cream sandwich, one should always proceed with reckless abandon. Top the exposed ice cream sides with Cornflake crunch, and I can’t imagine a more successful ice cream accomplishment.

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