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NYC ice cream: The most indulgent desserts to eat now

Beach body be damned.

This summer, upgrade your standard scoop and flood your Instagram feed with these indulgent ice cream sandwiches, cones, sundaes, shakes and more.

Silk Cakes’ ice cream cupcakes

The gourmet cake shop trades out frosting for
Photo Credit: Silk Cakes via Instagram

The gourmet cake shop trades out frosting for ice cream with the launch of its seasonal cupcakes this month. Flavor combinations include egg custard ice cream with a butter cookie crust cupcake, lychee with kalamansi glaze and chocolate with Nama chocolate. Get now until the end of summer. $5/single scoop, $7 double scoop; 53 Ludlow St., 917-892-5851, 98-14 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, 718-830-3838, silkcakes.com

Playa Betty’s churro ice cream sandwich

Specializing in California-style beach food (from fish tacos
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Specializing in California-style beach food (from fish tacos to grain bowls), this newish Upper West Side spot combines two sweet treats into one, with cinnamon sugar-dusted churro "swirls" sandwiching Dulce Amore Tahitian vanilla gelato. $8; 320 Amsterdam Ave., 212-712-0777, playabettys.com

OddFellows’ OddPockets

For a savory ice cream sandwich, there's OddFellows'
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For a savory ice cream sandwich, there's OddFellows' "OddPockets," brioche bread that's filled with ice cream and toppings and heated on a panini press. Choose from one of The Sandwich Shop's signature creations, like cornbread ice cream with cornflake crunch and a blueberry compote (pictured) or bacon ice cream with candied pecan and spiced maple syrup, or keep a lookout for specials and chef collaborations. $8; 75 E. Fourth St., 917-475-1812, oddfellowsnyc.com

Hail Mary’s classic sundae

This brand new Greenpoint restaurant from husband-and-wife chef
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This brand new Greenpoint restaurant from husband-and-wife chef team Sohla and Ham El-Waylly is a take on the classic American diner. Naturally, its dessert menu features plenty of shakes, malts, floats, a banana split and a sundae with two scoops of ice cream topped with your choice of two toppings (such as cardamom marshmallows and cocoa nib fudge), sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry. $11; 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, 347-422-0646, hailmarybk.com

Amorino’s macarose

This is one sweet rose. The
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This is one sweet rose. The "macarose" at the gelato chain, which just opened its fourth NYC location on the Upper West Side, features flower-shaped gelato topped with a gelato-filled macaron. The flavors are customizable, from size to macaron to gelato flavor, with one popular option including ginger and blood orange sorbet with pistachio sorbet and a raspberry macron. Starting at $7.55; 60 University Place, 212-253-5599, 162 Eighth Ave., 212-255-6471, 721 Eighth Ave., 212-445-0101, 414 Amsterdam Ave., 646-918-7501, amorino.com

Dominique Ansel Kitchen’s DKA ice cream sandwich

The pastry chef puts his twist on the
Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

The pastry chef puts his twist on the classic dessert by splitting a kouign-amann, a French pastry, in half and filling it with a scoop of homemade ice cream, like salted caramel, praline nougat or 70% dark chocolate. (A version of the ice cream sandwich is also available off the menu at Dominique Ansel Bakery). $7; 137 Seventh Ave., 212-242-5111, dominiqueanselkitchen.com

Sweet Chick's doughnut with ice cream

Now for dessert, you don't have to choose
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Now for dessert, you don't have to choose between a doughnut and ice cream. The combination regularly changes, and can include a chocolate doughnut with vanilla ice cream, chocolate glaze and candied bacon (pictured), a bourbon doughnut with vanilla ice cream, vanilla bean glaze and candied pistachios and a matcha green tea white chocolate chip doughnut with black sesame ice cream. $9; 178 Ludlow St., 646-657-0233, 164 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-725-4793

City Cakes’ ice cream sandwich

Back by popular demand, the bakery is serving
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Back by popular demand, the bakery is serving up its hefty ice cream sandwiches, which are made with one of its famed half-pound cookies (cut in half) and filled with a fior di latte gelato. Cookie options might include chocolate chip, red velvet, oatmeal raisin, triple chocolate spice and Reese's peanut butter -- all with a soft, chewy center. $6.25; 251 W. 18th St. (lower level), 646-688-2286, citycakes.com

Ample Hills' pie shakes

It's a match made in dessert heaven. Available
Photo Credit: Ample Hills via Twitter

It's a match made in dessert heaven. Available only at the new Bubby's High Line location, find this decadent pie shake, which features an entire slice of Bubby's pie and two scoops of Ample Hills ice cream blended with milk and topped with whipped cream and a little slice of pie. Pie choices generally include sour cherry, apple, chocolate peanut butter and banoffee. $14.50; 73 Gansevoort St., 646-590-1288, amplehills.com

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