9 Hottest New Ice Cream Shops for Summer in NYC

By Patty Lee  |  June 29, 2015
Credit: NYC Food Photo

There's no shortage of ice cream in New York City, where artisanal scoops shops seem to open up at a dizzying pace. Here are the hottest — er, coolest — newcomers to the scene, from a Vendy Award winner scooping oddball flavors to a Crown Heights parlor pairing the frozen treat with gourmet donuts.

Fort Grace Ice Cream

The General Greene recently spun off its ice cream venture into a full-blown store with a dozen flavors in all (pictured at top). Along with six standards (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry), expect six seasonal options, including quirky ones like parsnip or blue cheese, to rotate through on a regular basis.  
Must-try flavors: Honey ricotta, peanut butter and salted caramel.
Go crazy!: They're slinging an array of ice cream sandwiches, including an Italian version featuring its housemade brioche.

293 Greene Ave.; 917-909-1237

Soft-serve at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

The pastry whiz has served ice cream and sorbets at Dominique Ansel Bakery since its inception, and now he's slinging soft-serve (pictured above) from a take-out window at his made-to-order dessert shop. Note: it's only open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 9 PM, so plan your weekends accordingly.
Must-try flavors: There's nothing vanilla about the two flavors. Choose from burrata with balsamic caramel and confit strawberries or gianduja with salted hazelnut brittle, orange mist and sea salt, both served in buttery, honey tuile cones.
Go crazy!: Ask for the two combined into a swirl.

137 Seventh Ave. S.

Ice & Vice (photo by Patty Lee)

Ice & Vice

Vendy Award-winning scoopers Paul Kim and Ken Lo have found a permanent home for their innovative ice cream: a sleek East Broadway shop decked out in black and white, plus a window that peers into their high-tech pasteurization room. 
Must-try flavors: Three Little Pigs (salted caramel with bacon butter and bacon praline) and Nuts of Wrath (Marcona almond with grape Kool-Aid jam).
Go crazy!: Floats featuring custom Renegade Lemonade soda and ice cream sandwiches are in the works.

221 E. Broadway; 646-678-3687

Gelato Giusto

You'll find 13 flavors on tap at this airy Milan export, which rotates between Italian standards and some less traditional varieties concocted by owner Vittoria Bortolazzo​, a pastry chef who once worked under renowned English chocolatier William Curley.
Must-try flavors: Pistachio and ricotta walnut-honey from the gelato list; ginger-lime and mango from the group of sorbets.
Go crazy!: Get the brioche con gelato, essentially an Italian ice cream sandwich that subs in a sweet bun for cookies.

164 Ninth Ave.; 212-647-1111

June Gloom at MilkMade


Before ice cream maven Diana Hardeman went brick-and-mortar this May, New Yorkers could only sample MilkMade's creative flavors if they scored a coveted spot on the subscription list. Now that the tasting room is open, her amazing scoops are available all year round, though some only make an appearance as a monthly special.
Must-try flavors: Along with longtime favorites such as Grady's Manhattan (coffee with Kings County Distillery's Manhattan cocktail​), definitely go for rotating items like A Midsummer Night’s ‘Scream​ (lavender with crispy crunchies) and June Gloom (blueberry with chocolate fondant).
Go crazy!: Sample a little bit of everything with the tasting flight, which gets you five flavors served in mini Konery cones.

204 Sackett St.

Liege waffle with ice cream at Neuhaus (photo by Noah Fecks)


The luxury chocolatier has dedicated a corner of its uptown flagship to ice cream, offering 10 flavors (eight permanent, two rotating) that skew on the classic side (Mexican vanilla, cookies and cream) and toppings like chopped nuts, fruits and the same crushed speculoos cookies that are found in its pralines.
Must-try flavors: Pistachio or gianduja (aka Nutella).
Go crazy!: Build a sundae the Belgian way and order your scoop on a warm liege waffle with chocolate sauce that freezes into a Magic Shell–like casing.

500 Madison Ave.; 212-644-4490

Mac Daddy at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream (photo by Patty Lee)

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream

Using a family recipe, New York native Michael Cole churns out fun combos littered with pop culture references. Along with core eight flavors available daily, there are monthly specials dedicated to the likes of Madonna and Steve Urkel.
Must-try flavors: Southern Hospitality (pie crust ice cream with homemade pecan and pralines) and Cool Runnings (coconut ice cream with shaved coconut and chocolate-covered almonds).
Go crazy!: Mikey makes Mac Daddy (one scoop) or Daddy Mac (two scoops) ice cream sandwiches with freshly pressed waffles. Flavors change, but you definitely want the red velvet when it's available.

199 Ave. A; 646-896-1836

Fig, mascarpone and almond at Elsie's Parlor

Elsie's Parlor

Crosby Coffee owner Jeremy Mustakas has transformed his Crown Heights cafe into an ice cream parlor scooping 12 alternating flavors that match up to the pastries sold at his nearby donut shop by the same name.
Must-try flavors: Fig, mascarpone and almond ice cream or raspberry and Meyer lemon sorbet.
Go crazy!: They'll happily combine the ice cream and donuts into one glorious ice cream sandwich.

667 Classon Ave.

DF Mavens

Vegan-friendly alternatives are the focus at this East Village hub for dairy-free frozen treats that use soy, almond and coconut milks as a base. The brand was started by ice cream pro Malcolm Stogo​, the creator of cookies and cream.
Must-try flavors: New Orleans salted praline, Key lime crème and mint almond cookie.
Go crazy!: They have cakes and ice cream bonbons, along with to-go pints stocked in the freezer.

37 St Marks Pl.