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Free food in NYC: Blue Marble, Shake Shack

National Ice Cream month giveth. Feel free to taketh.

Free ice cream from Brooklyn's own Blue Marble

Free ice cream from Brooklyn's own Blue Marble is available the last week of July. Photo Credit: Blue Marble Ice Cream via Facebook

Not having to pay for what you're eating and drinking makes everything taste better.

To fill your belly and quench your thirst without shelling out any cash, consult our continually updated list of complimentary bites and sips up for grabs around the city.

Free in Flatiron

Weekly activities have been going on in Flatiron North Public Plaza all summer, with music, games and, sometimes free food. On the north side of 23rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, the free bites are offered at 6 p.m.:

  • July 26 – Free scoops of Shake Shack frozen custard
  • Aug. 9 – Free Eataly mini-cannoli

National Ice Cream Month deal

It’s easy enough to be cynical about the many (many) food “holidays,” until they translate to freebies. And this time of year, a free scoop of ice cream can melt even those of us with 😐 as our default.

So let those outer corners of your mouth turn slightly upward, pull that Jet Blue card out of your wallet and flash it at one of the participating Blue Marble outposts and you’ll score a free scoop of Brooklyn-born creamy goodness.

Here are the deals:

  • July 27: If you happen to be at JFK’s Terminal 5, a free scoop can be yours from noon to 8 p.m. Flavor options are chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and a vegan vanilla coconut.
  • July 26 to 31: Grab a free scoop of any flavor, while supplies last, at these Blue Marbles: 86 Underhill Ave. in Prospect Heights, 220 36th St. in Industry City and 517 Clayton Rd. on Governors Island.

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