The Best Ice Cream Parlors In New York City

Photo of Jessica Holzberg
9 February 2017

There’s no doubt New York City is one of the hottest places to be in the summer, with its crowded streets and boiling subways. Thankfully, this mammoth city contains an endless amount of shops and restaurants that can help you cool off in the summer heat. Refreshing treats around the Big Apple are endless. Here is your guide to the best spots to cool off in New York City this summer with a sweet treat.

Gelato On A Stick | © Courtesy of Popbar

Snowdays Shaved Cream Co.

Dessert Shop, Korean, American
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You don’t have to wait for the winter to enjoy some snow. Snowdays Shaved Cream Co. is a mix of Korean and Taiwanese shaved ice in a variety of flavors. Its combination of a fluffy, light texture and taste of creamy ice cream makes it the perfect spot to cool off with a unique treat. This handmade shaved ice cream comes in some of your favorite flavors including NYC cheesecake and black sesame. Add some topping likes Nilla wafers or peanut butter sauce and you have yourself one the coolest dessert in NYC.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Two men who started their passion and career in an ice cream truck, now own one of the most popular, well known ice cream stores today. Big Gay Ice Cream specializes in soft serve cones covered with their one-of-a-kind toppings. Does the thought of trying vanilla, dulce de leche, and crushed nilla wafers on a cone make your mouth drool? If so, stop in to see why Big Gay Ice Cream shop is truly worth the hype.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert
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Take a break from frozen yogurt this summer and cool down the healthy way. Explore Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. this summer for some delicious and nutritious dairy-free frozen fruit treats. The natural soft-serve flavors are out of this world and taste even better in a pretzel cone. Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. also offers breakfast smoothies, fruit bowls, fruit sundaes, and soft serve pops. With so many healthy options to choose from, you will not regret your visit here this summer.

Holey Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Just the name of this build-your-own donut ice cream sandwich store describes it perfectly. With ice cream donut sandwiches, specialty sundaes, and milk shakes, Holey Cream offers the sweetest treats in a way like no other shop does. Along with fresh ingredients, come some of the most delicious flavors like the popular fat-free chocolate peanut butter chip ice cream. The donut ice cream sandwiches sell at a great price and are without a doubt worth the calories.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, American, $$$
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This new, popular American ice cream parlor is a scrumptious way to cool off this summer. Try some unique egg-free ice cream and sorbet flavors such as chocolate oat, green tea pistachio, champagne mango, and Tonka bean. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream includes unordinary yet delicious toppings such as Fernet biscuits and sweet potatoes where you can’t get anywhere else.


Ice Cream Parlour, Bar, Ice Cream, American
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Cool off this summer the right way with a handcrafted gelato on a stick with some delicious, natural ingredients. Made with fresh fruit, this treat is a fun way to customize an easy-to-eat frozen treat. Popbar is the perfect place to beat the heat and enjoy your favorite flavors dipped in a variety of ingredients in a new way.

Laboratorio del Gelato

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, Italian, $$$
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Scoops come in funky, fun flavors like wasabi, pomegranate, and tarragon | © Liz Clayman
You don’t have to go to all the way to Italy to have some of the best gelato around. Although the batches may be small, they are definitely worth every bite. This chic café offers a wide range of 200 handmade flavors that will make your mouth water in seconds. Its natural fruits and ingredients add to its great, fresh taste. Come down to Laboratorio del Gelato to try some exclusive flavors such as celery and wasabi, at a place like no other.

Melt Bakery

Bakery, Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, American
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The name of this ice cream sandwich store speaks for itself. Cool down with an ice cream sandwich at a great price. Check out Melt Bakery for some delicious flavors including thick mint, Elvis, and Cinnamax for a combination of your favorite flavors and toppings, such as peanut butter cookies and banana ice cream. These frozen treats are worth a trip to try some of the best ice cream sandwiches around that you can’t find anywhere else.

People’s Pops

Dessert Shop, Ice Cream, American, $$$
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Located in some of the most popular spots in New York City, People’s Pops is the perfect way to cool off. Whether your enjoying a long walk around the High Line or looking for a refreshing treat at Smorgasbord, People’s Pops should be your next stop. On a hot summer day, nothing beats an ice pop or shave-ice made from fresh fruit.

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