In this sweltering summer, New Yorkers are naturally chilling with ice cream. Here's the scoop on nine New York ice cream spots, listed alphabetically, that CHOW readers have mentioned in recent Chowhound discussions.
BIG GAY ICE CREAM SHOP
125 E. Seventh Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), Manhattan
This brick-and-mortar offshoot of a popular truck goes big with toppings, like dulce de leche and sea salt on the Salty Pimp.
CHINATOWN ICE CREAM FACTORY
65 Bayard Street (between Mott and Elizabeth Streets), Manhattan
Tourists and locals alike love Asian flavors like lychee, black sesame, and egg tart–style custard.
IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO
188 Ludlow Street (at E. Houston Street), Manhattan
This downtown destination pioneered unusual flavors like fior di latte, Thai chile, and tarragon–pink peppercorn.
L'ARTE DEL GELATO
In Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (between W. 15th and 16th Streets), Manhattan
Olive oil and mascarpone are favorite flavors among this shop's excellent gelati and sorbetti. (L'Arte also has a shop in the Village and a summertime stand at Lincoln Center.)
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