Eat and Drink NYC ice cream: The best shops from Morgenstern's to Ample Hills By amNY staff amny.com Updated June 28, 2019 2:43 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Butter pecan, rocky road and peanut butter marshmallow crunch are a few of our favorite things. Whether you're a die-hard vanilla fan or always on the hunt for a new flavor, these ice cream cream parlors won't leave you disappointed. Scroll through our picks for some of the best city spots to grab a scoop. Sugar Hill Ice Creamery, Harlem Photo Credit: Linda Rosier For inspiration, Harlemites Petrushka Bazin Larsen and Nick Larsen (pictured) pull from their own backgrounds -- she's from Haiti, he's from the Midwest -- as well as the neighborhood they call home. The sweet results include a salted caramel crunch, blueberry cheesecake, and Despacito, a cream cheese ice cream with guava and pastry created as an homage to the Puerto Rican dessert quesito. (184 Lenox Ave., sugarhillcreamery.com) Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Since opening its doors in 1978, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has amassed a loyal following while becoming a destination for out-of-towners. Most come for Asian-inspired flavors (ginger, taro, pandan, red bean), but you can get what they like to call the "exotics," e.g. vanilla, too. At the original (65 Bayard St., Chinatown), you have 40 flavors to choose from. Other locations at Essex Market (115 Delancey St., LES); and in Queens (135-15 40th Rd.), where it's known as Flushing Ice Cream Factory. ( chinatownicecreamfactory.com) Bive, LES Photo Credit: Todd Maisel Health-minded Bive creates flavors from natural ingredients -- and some might even be good for you. The Soothe Me Up ice cream, made with toasted coconut, almond milk, dark chocolate chips, vanilla and coconut cream, uses valerian root to calm the body and mind. Billed as serving "ice cream with purpose," the shop also offers sorbets, including Keep Me Strong, with echinacea and soursop for an immunity bump, and Boost Me Up, with collagen, passion fruit, chia seeds, coconut water and amaranth for skin and joint health. (95 Orchard St., thegoodbive.com) Stuffed Ice Cream, East Village Photo Credit: Stuffed Ice Cream Want a perfectly glazed doughnut? Craving some super sweet ice cream? Why not have both? Stuffed Ice Cream has the perfect combination of the two with their cruffs -- scoops of ice cream perfectly sandwiched between a doughnut. Try their signature creations, like the Cereal Killer (Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice creams topped with Cap'n Crunch and caramel), Unicorn Poop (white chocolate lavender and Thai tea ice creams topped with Fruity Pebbles and condensed milk), or the Cookie Road (cookie monster and rocky road ice creams topped with Oreos and chocolate syrup). (139 1st Ave., Manhattan, stuffedicecreamnyc.com) Soft Swerve, Lower East Side Photo Credit: Soft Swerve This downtown spot makes one colorful cone-full with soft serve flavors like ube (purple yam) and black sesame. Customize your dessert with toppings like toasted coconut, Fruity Pebbles, boba, mochi, marshmallows and freeze-dried strawberries. Or try a "Swerve Special" named after a city landmark or neighborhood. The "Brooklyn Bridge" is made with black sesame ice cream, toffee, mochi and caramel drizzle. (85B Allen St., Manhattan), softswervenyc.com) Milk and Cream Cereal Bar, Little Italy Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen There is practically no better memory than waking up on Saturday mornings to cartoons and a bowl of cereal. Milk and Cream brings that memory back to reality with its ice cream flavors and toppings. You can get an ice cream cone, cup or milkshake filled and topped with your favorite cereals, including Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops, Cap'n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Cookie Crisp and more. You can even trade in the ice cream for milk and get a bowl of cereal. (159 Mott St., Manhattan, milkandcreambar.com) MilkCow, Chinatown Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen Korea-born cafe MilkCow is bringing tons of unique tasty treats to lower Manhattan. The cafe's organic milk soft serve is combined with tons of unique toppings, including honeycomb, cotton candy and sea salt, macarons and more. They even have unique sundaes like the Santorini, which comes with crushed Oreos, tropical blue syrup, crushed pistachios and cotton candy. (69A Bayard St., Manhattan, milkcowcafe.ca) Davey's Ice Cream, multiple Photo Credit: David Yoo For a sweet treat that fills every tastebud, Davey's Ice Cream offers ice cream sandwiches made with two homemade cookies, a scoop of homemade ice cream, and a topping. They deliver, too. (137 1st Ave., Manhattan; 201 Bedford Ave., 74 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, daveysicecream.com) New Territories, Lower East Side Photo Credit: New Territories NYC New Territories has set out to bring the flavors of Hong Kong to New York City. It serves artisan ice cream in bubble waffle cones with traditional Chinese flavors that are nothing short of exciting and flavorful. Flavor combinations include U-Be Trippin' (waffle with ube ice cream, condensed milk drizzle, animal crackers, and Fruity Pebble dust), Dark & Snowy (black ash bubble waffle with earl gray ice cream, banana chips, hot fudge and cream rose) and Queen Bee (regular cone with honey comb ice cream, whipped marscapone cheese, chocolate shavings and ginger snap cookie). (190 Orchard St., Manhattan, newterritoriesnyc.com) Egger's Homemade Ice Cream, Staten Island Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner A rare ice cream parlor that's frozen in time, Egger's has been around since 1932 but is still growing. The Staten Island staple opened a new location in historic Richmond Town in 2018 and also expanded to the Urby development on the Stapleton waterfront. Timeless flavors like cookies and cream and butter pecan are favorites, but there's always a few flavors of the month to try, too. (1194 Forest Ave., Staten Island; 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island; and 8 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island), eggersicecream.com) Taiyaki, Chinatown Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen Fish and ice cream don't normally go together, but Taiyaki blends the two perfectly. This Chinatown ice cream staple sells a traditional Japanese fish-shaped cone filled with delicious flavors and symbolizing prosperity and happiness. They have plenty of flavors to choose from, including vanilla, strawberry and mango, all of which can be topped with syrups, sprinkles, wafer sticks, rainbow mochi and much more. (119 Baxter St., Manhattan; 294 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; and 136-17 39th Ave. at Queens Crossing Food Court, Queens, taiyakinyc.com) Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Lower East Side and Greenwich Village Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen Born as a "lab" where chefs and caterers were encouraged to develop custom flavors for their menus, this ice cream and sorbet shop boasts a growing list of 300 kinds of scoops. (We doubt you'll find another place that has avocado, carrot, brown butter, honey, basil, or pumpkin gelati.) A window offers a look inside the kitchen where the magic happens. (188 Ludlow St. and 56 University Pl., Manhattan, laboratoriodelgelato.com) Sundaes and Cones, East Village Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen Tastings are encouraged at this East Village ice cream parlor, where flavors range from the basics, like vanilla, to Asia-inspired treats, like ginger, taro, sesame, honey ginseng and green tea rose swirl. Ice cream can be ordered as a cup, cone, banana split and more. (95 E. 10th St., sundaescones.com) Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, multiple locations Photo Credit: Linda Rosier What started out as a single ice cream trunk has turned into an artisanal ice cream masterpiece with nearly two dozen locations in NYC. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream's flavors include honey comb, peanut butter marshmallow crunch, earl grey tea, pistachio and much more. They even have special summer flavors like tiki paradise, strawberry rhubarb tart, vegan oat milk latte, and vegan oat milk and cookies. (multiple locations, vanleeuwenicecream.com) OddFellows, multiple locations Photo Credit: Linda Rosier What started as a simple idea from two friends and a pregnant woman craving savory ice cream has turned into an empire of unique flavors. OddFellows makes its own ice cream in Brooklyn and is constantly offering new ideas. Some of the most recent creations include extra virgin olive oil, miso cherry, peanut butter and jelly, buttermilk honey blueberry and pistachio cardamom caramel. (175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; 75 E. 4th St., Manhattan; 55 E. Houston St., Manhattan; 60 Water St., Brooklyn; 379 Suydam St., Brooklyn, oddfellowsnyc.com) Tipsy Scoop, Kips Bay and Williamsburg Photo Credit: Li Yakira Cohen Handmade ice cream meets hard liquor at this small creamery where the flavors are inspired by classic and modern cocktails. Don't bother bringing the kids: You'll have to be 21+ to order scoops of strawberry white sangria sorbet, strawberry rhubarb bourbon and chocolate stout and pretzel. (217 E. 26th St., Manhattan, tipsyscoop.com) Brooklyn Farmacy, Carroll Gardens Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Nodding to the space's iteration as an actual pharmacy in the 1920s, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain prides itself on tradition. Menu items include standards -- egg creams, milkshakes, ice cream floats -- in addition to a substantial lineup of specialty sundaes with names to match their inventive flavor combinations. The Mr. Potato Head (pictured) pairs vanilla ice cream with potato chips, peanut butter and whipped cream, while the 99 Problems solves all with the marriage of a warm brownie with chocolate ice cream covered in a vanilla shake and a hard chocolate shell. (513 Henry St., Brooklyn, brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com) Blue Marble, Brooklyn Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin Born in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, Blue Marble maintains its two scoop shops in the borough, in Prospect Heights and Sunset Park's Industry City. Focusing on organic ingredients -- milk to flavorings -- varieties include green tea, midnight mint cookie (which comes loaded with chocolate sandwich cookies) and Mexican chocolate packed with dark chocolate chunks. (186 Underhill Ave. and 220 36th St.; bluemarbleicecream.com) Big Gay Ice Cream, Manhattan Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin Starting with an ice cream truck in June 2009, Big Gay Ice Cream has become a New York favorite and has expanded to three Manhattan locations. With treats ranging from the famous chocolate and dulce de leche Salty Pimp cone to the Mermaid Sundae with Key Lime curd, this is soft serve elevated. And yes, there are milkshakes. (West Village, 61 Grove St.; East Village, 125 E. 7th St.; South Street Seaport, 207 Front St. biggayicecream.com) Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream, LES and West Village Photo Credit: Pete Deevakul You'll feel like you're stepping into an old-timey ice cream parlor, but Morgenstern's flavors are anything but traditional. Its offbeat scoops -- like banana curry, cardamom lemon jam and salt and pepper pine nut -- draw crowds on weekends. (2 Rivington St., 88 W. Houston St., morgensternsnyc.com) Republic of Booza Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner Taste a little history at the Republic of Booza. This shop creates ice cream inspired by the original recipe from more than 500 years ago that creates a creamier, denser, and more flavorful treat. Flavors range from traditional like vanilla and rocky road, to more unique like horchata de chufa, French lavender, raspberry extra virgin olive oil, candied cream, and qamar al-din. (76 N. 4th St., Brooklyn, republicofbooza.com) Ice & Vice, multiple Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Creativity rules at Ice & Vice. There are plenty of unique flavors to check out, such as the 9AM (Vietnamese coffee and doughnut truffles), Opium Den (white sesame, toasted poppy seeds and lemon bread croutons), and the ice cream pie (malted vanilla ice cream and fruity pebbles marshmallow pie crust in an ice cream cone). Seasonal flavors are just as unique, with Flaming (ghost pepper and strawberry mole sauce), Cheesy (peach, yogurt, and cheddar crisp), and Pokey (prickly pear and candied cactus meringue). (221 E. Broadway, Lower East Side; 43rd and Broadway, Times Square; and 27-20 Jackson Ave, Queens, iceandvice.com) Ample Hills Creamery, multiple locations Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin The couple behind Ample Hills opened its first location in Prospect Heights in 2011, putting an emphasis on making ice cream slowly by hand. Signature flavors, like Chelsea Morning (golden vanilla ice cream with Italian rainbow cookies), Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (vanilla ice cream with St. Louis ooey gooey butter cake), and The Hell's Kitchen Sink (chocolate stout ice cream with chili spiced brownies, brown butter cookie dough and toffee) are distinctly whimsical and chock-full of goodies baked in-house. (multiple locations, amplehills.com) Eggloo, Chinatown and Alphabet City Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz The focus at this specialty dessert shop is really Hong Kong egg waffles, which are made with a sweet egg-based batter that gives them a crispy outside and cake-like texture. But your order comes with scoops of ice cream, in flavors like campfire s'mores, green tea and black raspberry, or a choice of vanilla custard, Oreo, or matcha creme. Make sure to top it off with Pocky sticks, mochi, condensed milk, Viet coffee and more. They even have special summer flavors like White Rabbit Candy and Ovaltine, available through June. Vegan options are also available. (60 Mulberry St. and 147 Ave. A, Manhattan, myeggloo.com) By amNY staff amny.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.