NYC’s Coolest Ice Cream Shops

Okay, we can’t resist: YOU SCREAM, I SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREEAAAMMMM! Ahh, now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can get down to business. Running Fiestah is not always an, err, fiesta. There’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes, but we’re pleased to do it for you. For this article we worked night and day, taste tested until our tongues went numb and broke the zippers on our jeans so that we could let you know, without a doubt, who are the most unique and delicious (aka coolest) ice cream shops in the City.

Melt Bakery

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Their Story: They opened New York’s first ice cream sandwich store at 132 Orchard Street after they debuted at the Hester Street Fair. They make all their ice cream and cookies from scratch daily.

Why They’re Awesome: Ice cream sandwiches hit everyone’s heart with a wave of nostalgia, and Melt Bakery makes incredible flavors with the classics done right. On top of that, they are super mobile, and can show up anywhere you need them with a freezer cart of their delicious treats ready for your pleasure.

Itizy

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Their Story: Kenneth Chen and Ann Yu thought of the idea when they realized many local gourmet ice cream brands were either not made locally, purchased and stored in bulk to be resold, or made elsewhere and re-branded. They set out to make truly local handcrafted ice cream. All of Itizy’s ice cream use only fresh cream, milk and eggs from Hudson Valley farms.

Why They’re Awesome: They are the ice cream truck done right. They serve artisanal ice cream, way better than the over processed ice creams found on traditional ice cream trucks you used to chase down as a child. If that weren’t enough, for every five scoops purchased, they donate one meal to a child in need.

Tipsy Scoop

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Their Story: ​Legend says that Princess Tipsy had her first sip of alcohol at her 21st Birthday Ball. After a delightful experiences, Princess tipsy knew what could make a drink of spirits even more magical — ice cream! Soon after, she worked with many of the land’s finest creamers and mixologists to create a magical selection of artisanal ice creams that combine the mastery of a perfectly balanced cocktail, with the familiar indulgence of smooth, homemade ice cream. Liquor infused ice cream was born!

Why They’re Awesome: Blame it on the aaaaa-aa-lcohol baby.

Ample Hills

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Their Story: Brian Smith took a break from writing science fiction novels to making the most delicious ice cream made with fresh, hormone-free ingredients. After selling out of a cart in Brooklyn, Ample Hills moved to a permanent storefront in Prospect Heights where its been the craze of NYC ever since.

Why They’re Awesome: Amazing ice cream + Ice Cream. Classes.

Big Gay Ice Cream

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Their Story: Big Gay Ice Cream began as the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, a summer experiment by founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff that began rolling the streets of New York City in June 2009. Described by The Village Voice as “a cross between Mister Softee and Mario Batali” the menu combines traditional soft-serve ice cream with imaginative toppings such as wasabi pea dust, Nilla Wafers, Dulce de Leche, olive oil and sea salt, and other rotating offerings.

Why They’re Awesome: Flavor names like the Salty Pimp and a chance to see your favorite celebrity indulging in some sweet treats.

 
 

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