Absolute best ice cream spots in NYC

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The Absolute Best Ice Cream Spots In NYCby Christie Grimm · May 20,

What would summer in the city be without the occasional scoop and stroll?

Cup or cone? Vegan or culinary maximalist? No matter your ice cream persuasion, click through for nine of the most delicious sweet spots in town!

Caffè Panna

At Caffè Panna, much like life and a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

The cult favorite ice cream shop’s menu features six classic flavors and five specials which change weekly, all made fresh no more than 48 hours before you enjoy them.

Mentally prepare yourself to take home a few pints…

Caffè Panna, 77 Irving Place

Sant Ambroeus Gelateria

Sant Ambroeus is finally giving the people what they want. The fashionable restaurant’s beloved sweet treats are now available at their new picture perfect Gelateria in Soho.

Pink cup or tasty cone? Pick from their case filled with over sixteen flavors of homemade gelato and sorbetto.

Sant Ambroeus Gelateria, 267 Lafayette

Sugar Hill Creamery

Sugar Hill Creamery in Harlem is a true bucket list spot. Their handmade ice cream is so rich, you’ll be dreaming of an encore. Our personal favorite? Their blueberry cheesecake ice cream with layers of graham crackers and blueberry jam. It’ll have you going for a triple decker cone.

Sugar Hill Creamery184 Lenox Avenue

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

Waffle cones are pretty basic. But a waffle ice cream sandwich? Visionary!

Pop over to the Mikey Likes It Ice Cream for this dream combo. Now for the real question: regular or red velvet?

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream199 Avenue A and 2500 Frederick Douglass Blvd

Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen is scooping up some pretty amazing ice cream, not to mention some crazy delicious flavor combos. But perhaps most notable? Their extensive vegan selection. They’ve cashew milk ice cream, oat milk ice cream, vegan ice cream bars and more!

Van LeeuwenMultiple Locations

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

On the coldest winter day you’ll find a crowd of people huddled up inside Morgenstern’s waiting for ice cream. So yeah, we’d call this place a hot spot.

Prepare for a real culinary experience, with flavors like Pistachio Black Currant Jelly and Salt and Pepper Pine Nut.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream88 West Houston Street

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato is just that, a labaratory. So far they’ve made about 300 gelato and sorbet flavors in their LES lab. 

Yes, you read that correctly. 300 FLAVORS!

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato56 University Place and 188 Ludlow Street


Not making it to Italy this summer? Settle for the next best thing – a passeggiata with an Amorino gelato flower cone.

Amorino, Multiple Locations

Emack & Bolio’s

Anything goes at Emack & Bolio’s, AKA the home of the Fruit Loops cone. 

Enough said, no?

Emack & Bolio’s, Multiple Locations

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