17 Must-Try Ice Cream Shops In New York City – Secret NYC


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There’s certainly no shortage of ice cream shops throughout the city, but there are quite a few that stand out from the crowd as summertime must-trys.

We’ve made finding all of these deliciously sweet spots even easier by creating a map of all of them that you can save and turn to when you’re looking for a new ice cream shop to check out (just scroll to the bottom of this article!).

Our mapped out list has everything from the insect topping ice cream of La Newyorkina (don’t worry, they have other non-insect toppings too!) to the vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s to the boozy sundaes of Tipsy Scoop:

1. Ample Hills Creamery, Various Locations

Ample Hills ice cream cone
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Get your fix at Ample Hills Creamery for some of the richest churned ice cream NYC has to offer. This creamery boasts the largest ice cream production factory in all of NYC and offers tons of mouth-watering flavors it can be hard to pick. Plus, they even have store-specific flavors in their Gowanus, Red Hook, and Astoria locations! In our opinion, their Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is an absolute must!

Where: Various locations, see here

2. Mikey Likes It, Lower East Side & Harlem

Mikey Likes It ice cream
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Mikey Likes It is owned by New York native Michael “Mikey” Cole, a master mixer of all things ice cream. He has created custom flavors for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Jay-Z, and will even make you your own if you ask! He uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create the most delicious and original creations, like the “Brady Brunch” with banana pudding, Vienna Fingers, and crushed vanilla wafers. And don’t miss his ice cream waffle sandwiches!

Where: Lower East Side at 199 Avenue A and 2500 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem

3. Minus Celsius Ice Cream, Chinatown

Minus Celsius ice cream
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For starters, if you’re looking for fun scoops hand rolled ice cream, you should absolutely check out Minus Celsius Ice Cream on Grand Street where you can get this Thai specialty with SO many topping choices!

Where: 302 Grand St.

4. OddFellows Ice Cream Co., DUMBO

OddFellows ice cream
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The story of OddFellows’ quirky beginning gives this ice cream shop a flair that matches its ice cream flavors. Originally started by Mohan Kumar to fix his wife’s ice cream craving during pregnancy, Kumar’s vision of an “ice cream empire” soon unfolded in Williamsburg. They’ve created over 500 wacky flavors since their opening in 2013, and have a constantly rotating flavor list. Be sure to stop by to see what’s currently on the menu!

Where: Multiple locations

5. Whipped Urban Dessert Lab, Lower East Side

Urban Dessert Lab ice cream
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The time has come! Oat milk ice cream is now a very real thing that you can get here in NYC. The Boston-based cake shop Whipped Urban Dessert Lab opened the world’s very first all-oat milk ice cream shop in the Lower East Side, following a pop-up in Williamsburg. The idea behind this shop began with their popular oat milk soft serve in their Boston shop, and has now grown from a concept to a real place—and we’re so glad they chose to bring it to NYC.

Where: 95 Orchard St.

6. Morgenstern’s, Greenwich Village

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Now featuring 55 different flavors, expand your palette at Morgenstern’s and try some of their more adventurous flavors like Pineapple Salted Egg Yolk, Olive Oil Eggplant, Honey Lavender Peach and so many more! Not to mention, when you max out on sugar you can order a juicy burger for a ~balanced~ diet.

Where: 88 West Houston Street, New York

7. Sugar Hill Creamery, Harlem

Cup of ice cream scoops
Photo by Sugar Hill Creamery

Inspired by both Harlem and the Caribbean and Midwestern cultures of its two owners, Sugar Hill Creamery has been serving top-notch ice cream since 2017. Offering artisanal flavors like the Nunu’s Peach Cobbler (peach ice cream with a dash of cinnamon) and the Chairsmen of the Year (blueberry cheesecake ice cream), they also serve a variety of rotating seasonal flavors to choose from!

Where: 184 Lenox Ave

8. Van Leeuwen’s, Multiple Locations

Van Leeuwen ice cream
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Van Leeuwen is known for some of the creamiest artisan ice cream in the city, and has totally mastered the richest flavors that are completely vegan as well! We definitely have our eye on that caramelized banana praline.

Where: Multiple locations see here.

9. Tipsy Scoop, Kips Bay & Williamsburg

Tipsy Scoop ice cream
Instagram/ @tipsyscoop

This liquor-infused ice cream shop, which “blends the magic of an artisanal, hand-crafted ice cream with the mastery of a perfectly mixed cocktail,” is continuing to sell its spiked ice cream sundaes, sandwiches and cakes to-go. Booze + sweets = quite a heavenly combination right about now.

Where: 217 East 26th St. in Manhattan & 270 Metropolitan Ave. in Brooklyn

10. Davey’s Ice Cream, Greenpoint

Photo by Davey’s Ice Cream

After closing its East Village location a short time ago, Davey’s Ice Cream is still going strong in Greenpoint. Davey’s menu consists of the classics like pistachio, caramel, chocolate chip, and more. Don’t forget about their best known secret as well, their ice cream cakes.

Where: 74 Meserole Ave

11. Soft Swerve, Lower East Side

Soft Swerve ice cream
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Although soft serve ice cream never really went away, it seems that there’s recently been a resurgence in its popularity. And Soft Swerve is one of NYC’s best, known as the city’s “yammiest ice cream shop” for how it uses the Southeast Asian ube yam to make a vibrant purple swirl! Other flavors include matcha green tea, black sesame, and frozen hot chocolate, with loads of equally colorful topping options.

Where: 379 3rd Ave & 85B Allen Street

12. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar, Little Italy

Milk & Cream Bar ice cream
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You can probably guess the theme of this ice cream joint! Serving up nostalgia at its finest, Milk & Cream specializes in blending cereal-infused ice cream with different toppings that are the perfect compliment to each flavor. How gorgeous is that Fruit Loops cone?

Where: 159 Mott St.

13. Big Gay Ice Cream, Multiple Locations

Big Gay Ice Cream
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Big Gay Ice Cream started as an ice cream truck, and now has multiple locations in New York City and Philadelphia, a cookbook, and launched a limited run line of ice cream pints that are available in stores and markets from coast to coast. They’re known for their unexpected flavor combos for “both kids & for those of us who are kids at heart.”

Where: See location list here.

14. Caffè Panna, Gramercy

Caffe Panna ice cream
Instagram/ @caffepanna

With an ever-changing menu, you could never order the wrong thing at Caffè Panna. The location got a recent renovation and is back and better than ever. Stay tuned on their Instagram for updates on their daily flavors and pints available.

Where: 77 Irving Pl, New York

15. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Chinatown

Person holding multi-layered ice cream
Facebook/ Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

If you’re looking to try something more cultural head to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for a delicious treat. They specialize in Asian-style flavored ice creams with some traditional flavors as well! We recommend the zen butter!

Where: 65 Bayard St

16. La Newyorkina, NoHo

La Newyorkina ice cream
Instagram/ @lanewyorkina

La Newyorkina is a woman-owned Mexican sweets company that serves delicious frozen treats like paletas (similar to ice pops), horchata milkshakes, and ice cream in mouthwatering flavors like tres leches and Mexican coffee-salted cajeta (caramel). Oh, and you can get your scoop topped with spicy crickets if you really want to!

Where: 240 Sullivan St.

17. Mister Dips, Williamsburg

Hand holding ice cream and another hand holding a slushie
Facebook/ Mister Dips

What started as a burger and chicken truck back in 2016, Mister Dips is one of the best spots for ice cream in Williamsburg. This food/ice cream truck sits outside the The Williams Vale Hotel from Wednesday-Sunday at 12pm-9pm. Here you can get a complete meal from a tasty sandwich to a “Dairy Dip” ice cream that is constantly changing with the season. We also really love the soda floats! Plus, they even now have a brick and mortar in Seaport if you find yourself in Manhattan.

Where: 111 N. 12th Street

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