New York City’s Best Ice Cream Shops

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.

ARTISANAL CREAMERY
66­40 Myrtle Avenue (near 66th Place), Glendale, Queens
718­-821-­2788

In a sleepy corner of Queens, traditional flavors star, in both cones and shakes.

BIG GAY ICE CREAM SHOP
125 E. Seventh Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), Manhattan
212­-533-­9333

This brick­-and­-mortar offshoot of a popular truck goes big with toppings, like dulce de leche and sea salt on the Salty Pimp.

BROOKLYN ICE CREAM FACTORY
1 Water Street (at Old Fulton Street), Brooklyn
718-­246-­3963

Enjoy old­-fashioned scoops—and sweeping river and skyline views—near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

CHINATOWN ICE CREAM FACTORY
65 Bayard Street (between Mott and Elizabeth Streets), Manhattan
212­-608-­4170

Tourists and locals alike love Asian flavors like lychee, black sesame, and egg tart–style custard.

GELATO TI AMO
68 Second Avenue (at E. Fourth Street), Manhattan
212­-432­-2800

This new outpost of a gelateria from Arezzo is the real deal, using top­-shelf ingredients like pistachios from Sicily.

IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO
188 Ludlow Street (at E. Houston Street), Manhattan
212­-343­-9922

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
212­-366-­0570

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.)

TASTE THE TROPICS
1839 Nostrand Avenue (at Avenue D), Brooklyn
718­-856­-0821

Cool off island style with Irish moss, grain­-based Great Nut, and other Jamaican flavors.

VICTORY GARDEN
31 Carmine Street (between Bleecker and Bedford streets), Manhattan
212­-206-­7273

Creamy salted-­caramel goat milk soft­ serve is the signature treat at this Village spot.


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