Imagine your perfect summer day. Swimsuit on body, sunglasses on head… And what’s that dripping down your hand? Ice cream, duh.
New York City is the queen of options, which means that your summer ice cream adventures are limitless. But if you don’t know where to start, allow us to help.
Set your out of office message to ‘going on a snack break,’ and head out into the world of dairy deliciousness. Bonus points if you can hit them all in one day. Extra bonus if you can fit last summer’s guide in there too.
If the West Village floats your boat:
What to order: Bea Arthur, with American Globs coming in at a close second
What else to know: Lily is mesmerized by the life-size unicorn mural on the wall, which is bedazzled with over 6000 Swarovski crystals.
61 Grove Street, New York NY 10014
What to order: One scoop of Peanut Butter with one scoop of Dulce de Leche
What else to know: Harling is still mustering up the courage to try some of the more niche flavors like Sweet Potato Brie and Corn, which are having a real moment on Instagram.
272 Bleecker St, New York, NY, 10014
If the East Village is where you hang:
What to order: The Pistachio and Salted Caramel
What else to know: Elizabeth wants you to keep an eye out for their espresso and small bites, and also admits that because of the close proximity to a lingerie shop called Azaleas, she has indeed gone lingerie shopping after eating ice cream.
138 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
If Chinatown is more your speed:
What to order: Almond Cake
What else to know: Jasmin says that if you’re feeling lucky, you may just get a Pocky stick with your ice cream.
65 Bayard St, New York, NY, 10013
And since you’re near SoHo:
What to order: Vegan Almond, then take a page from Amelia’s book and ask to try a sample of every single flavor they have.
What else to know: It’s Brazilian Gelato, and even though Amelia goes for the vegan options, they have normal dairy gelato as well!
235 Elizabeth St, New York, NY, 10012
If you find yourself on the Upper East Side:
Forty Carrots at Bloomingdales (Leandra is still living in the year 2007)
What to order: Peanut Butter and Chocolate swirl with rainbow sprinkles
What else to know: Leandra hauls it all the way uptown instead of going to the Bloomingdales in Soho, because uptown they have more flavors and, “A topping bar as vast as the ocean.”
1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
If you’re showing some love to Brooklyn:
What to order: The Mint Chocolate Chip, Vegan Cookie Dough, or Salted Caramel
What else to know: The ice cream is made from scratch in Greenpoint, and according to Haley “tastes better than love and friendship.” If you need more convincing, just know that Yvonne once spent more than $25 here.
620 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What to order: The Munchies with chocolate syrup and whipped cream, if you are feeling like Patty.
What else to know: Its name comes from Walt Whitman’s description of Brooklyn in his poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”.
623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
We scream for ice cream, and know you do too. So tell us where to go next!
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis. Locations Photographed by Juliette Kang.