August in New York is typically best described in one word: hot. But one doesn’t necessarily need to skip down to one of our many beaches to cool off… Save time this summer by heading straight to one of New York’s beloved ice cream parlors! Here we list our top five.
Established in 2014, Morgenstern’s is the child of Nicholas Morgenstern, an eminent New York restaurateur and pastry connoisseur. The parlor focuses on serving our favorite frozen treat with sharp precision and immaculate detail, each scoop designed to deliver the finest flavor and texture. With four types of vanilla, a banana curry and a chocolate ash on the menu, we know who the experts are.
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream; 2 Rivington St
Fany Gerson’s obsession for sweets started at the tender age of one when her father gifted her a large bag of chocolate truffles. The love affair snowballed into a business venture named La Newyorkina, dedicated to “sharing the sweetness of Mexico” with the streets of New York. Standout flavors include horchata, Oaxacan chocolate chunk and Mexican vanilla bean.
La Newyorkina; 240 Sullivan St
Haven’t you heard? Ice cream is so yesterday… This may be a bit of an overstatement, but the soft serve at Soft Swerve offers frosty competition to the well-known scoop. The name doesn’t exactly scream originality, but their flavors are as innovative as they can get. Serve us the “Brooklyn Bridge”—Black Sesame Ice Cream with Skor Toffee, Mochi and Caramel Drizzle—any day!
Soft Swerve; 85B Allen St
Ice cream can be a delicate topic for those with sensitive stomachs and sensibilities about animal welfare. But Van Leeuwen’s selection of alternative creams—think housemade cashew milk and organic coconut milk—make this dessertery an instant New York classic. Pro tip: adding whipped coconut cream and cacao nibs is always a good idea.
Van Leeuwen; 152 W 10th St & 48 E 7th St
How does St. Germain liquor, juniper berry and candied mushroom sound? Or perhaps toasted baguette, fig & goat milk jam matches your palette better? The flavors at Ice & Vice are set to shock. The Lower East Side dessert haven acts as experimental laboratory looking to redefine the ice cream experience—one eyebrow-raising ingredient at a time. The only vice would be asking for vanilla.
Ice & Vice; 221 E Broadway