It’s supposed to get up to 97 degrees this week in NYC, and walking the streets of the city during the blistering summer can be excruciating at times so here’s some delicious, cold and edible treats around the Big Apple to cool you down while satisfying your sweet tooth. With an explosion in frozen-dessert innovation, ice cream, yogurt and gelato shops have been popping up all around the city pushing boundaries in flavor, technique and creative flair. Here’s a few of our favorites.
The Soft Serve Fruit Co
25 E. 17th St. (Union Square)
1371 Third Ave. (Upper East Side)
The Soft Serve Fruit Co is a healthy alternative to soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt made with soft serve fruit by including only three ingredients: natural fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar.With a variety of fruitful flavors to choose from, we suggest the Tangy Tangerine on one of their salted pretzel cones!
L’Arte del Gelato
75 Ninth Ave. (Chelsea)
L’Arte del Gelato is a gem of Chelsea Market. Near the 10th Avenue entrance, you can’t miss the presentation of all 22 flavors showcased with fresh ingredients on top. Stracciatella is the most popular selection, but if you are feeling adventurous try the spicy chocolate cayenne pepper and the buttery mascarpone. You won’t be disappointed.
5 Carmine St. (West Village)
It’s tough trekking through the city streets with an ice cream cone, that’s where Pop Bar comes in. Gelato on a stick is the twist at this venue. But this isn’t your average shrink-wrapped frozen ice treat you pick up at a local deli. Made with gelato, frozen-yogurt and sorbetto , pops can be dipped, either fully or partially, in three types of chocolate, then customized with toppings (nuts, coconut, granola, chocolate sprinkles and coffee grains). Boom. A customized, gourmet ice pop you won’t regret.
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Fulton Ferry Landing Pier (Brooklyn)
Just across the East River, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory delivers all-natural ice cream and toppings right on the Brooklyn waterfront. Grab a Choclate Chip cone and grab a seat at Brooklyn Bridge Park for a sweet treat and sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline & Statue of Liberty.
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard Street (Chinatown)
Since 1978, visitors to Chinatown have enjoyed the tasty flavors of ice cream and sorbet offered at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Favorite flavors include green tea, red bean, ginger and lychee. This is the absolute perfect place to combine American’s most popular dessert with an exotic Chinese twist!
225 E. 60th St. (Upper East Side)
This place is world famous! Be prepared to wait at this Upper East Side ice cream parlor-eatery located in a Manhattan townhous, but we promise it will be worth it. An absolute MUST is the ‘Frozen Hot Chocolate’. People have traveled from all corners of the world for just one taste of the icy blend of chocolatey goodness. Not to mention, this place is the go to spot for celebrities from Andy Warhol to Beyonce so chances are you’ll see someone famous while you’re there. Serendipity 3 is also famous for it’s Guinness World Record holding of the world’s most expensive dessert. The Golden Opulence Sundae will run you $1,000.00 and consists of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, Amedei Porceleana (the most expensive chocolate in the world), exotic, candied fruits from Paris, truffles, gold dragets and marzipan cherries, Grand Passion Caviar, with a 23 carat edible gold leaf and served in a Baccarat Harcourt Crystal goblet (which you get to keep after). And the only way to endulge in a sundae like that? An 18 carat gold spoon of course.
Stay cool this summer!