New York’s prettiest ice creams
Whether it’s Italian gelato, Japanese matcha ice cream, colourful towering cones, or vegan ice cream in New York that you crave - the city has it covered.
These New York City ice creams look good. So good that we’re sure most of them have been designed for Instagram.
But, you’ll be as pleased as us to find out that they taste great too! Just make sure it doesn't dribble down your hand while you're busy snapping.
Considered the most delectable ice cream in NYC by locals, OddFellows makes small-batch ice cream from scratch in their Brooklyn kitchen. The base is pasteurized in-house, using the finest ingredients and hormone-free, additive-free, locally sourced dairy. Their method allows for fresh, high quality ice cream in regularly changing flavours, even throughout the day. If that weren’t enough, warm waffle cones are made fresh to order and topping options are plentiful. We’d recommend heading to their Williamsburg, Brooklyn flagship, where the deliciously creamy magic began.
Taiyaki is the talk of the town and you can see why. Their warm traditional Japanese fish waffles are adorably fun and overflowing with colourful soft serve. Go authentic with matcha and black sesame or opt for pastel pink ice cream topped with sprinkles and a unicorn horn if you’re if you’re looking for the utmost in Instagram #foodporn. In typical Japanese fashion it’s almost too cute to eat but you quickly realise you have to in order to avoid a meltdown. Top tip - plan your visit tactically as this unassuming shop front on the edge of the city’s Chinatown district is rarely without a queue.
Born in a retro buttery yellow truck, brothers Ben and Pete and Pete’s wife Laura set out to bring high quality ice cream to the streets of New York and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream was born. Their Classic scoops are crafted with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks, while the increasingly popular vegan scoops are homemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. Can’t decide which flavour to go for? The hipster yet chirpy staff treat you to generous tasting spoons - but if you want our advice, their creamy honeycomb is to die for.
Now this ice cream really was made for Instagram. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, try Ice & Vice, an experimental ice cream shop based in New York City. Don’t expect a plain of scoop of vanilla ‘round here. Famed for their unique flavours, we love that they keep their menu fresh and seasonal. Don’t expect to try the same flavour twice, unless of course you’re a regular. Their show stopper is 5 scoops tall with cookies between each flavour. Obviously our choice!
Davey's retro scoop shop situated in the East Village makes all desserts from scratch and pasteurises its own ice cream mix in-house. Whilst flavours and style influenced by the eccentric and artistic neighbourhood are tasty, it’s Davey’s ice cream cookie sandwiches that are the real crowd pleaser; made to order with two homemade cookies, a single scoop of ice cream and all the sprinkles.
Ice cream at Ample Hills is super fresh; handcrafted in small batches using local, all-natural milk, cream and eggs, produced by hormone-free, grass-fed, happy cows and chickens. What keeps the locals coming back for more? Whimsical flavours such as Snap Mallow Pop (our fave), a light texture and the vibrancy and spirit of their community.
Is it really a best ice creams list if it doesn't include Italian Gelato? New York was the first overseas Grom store to open, and you can find Grom in four locations across New York City. What makes Grom’s gelato so special? It’s made using the first-rate Italian ingredients, without artificial colouring and preservatives, and is whipped up to a creamy and authentic texture using traditional techniques. Sample their house special ‘Crema di Grom’ - a delicious combination of pastry cream, Ecuador “Arriba” chocolate chips and Grom’s own recipe meliga cookies.
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