Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC

Ice Cream

by Sylvia Stanley

On long, hot summer days, a cup of ice cream is just the treat needed to cool off. Even in New York City, a mid-afternoon cup of ice cream can make anyone feel better when the sun is shining brightly and ice cream shops flood the streets of New York.

Different markets of ice cream can be found as you look for the ice cream that is just right for you.


721 Eight Avenue


Delivering high-quality gelato, Amorino has many flavors to offer you in the cozy establishment. People flock to Amorino’s ice cream shops throughout the summer and once you have tasted their gelato, you will know exactly why.

Using natural and organic products, Amorino brings you flavors such as creamy Cioccolato Aamorino by combining cocoa and milk. For a savory flavor, indulge in the Fragola Camarosa packed with ripe strawberries. Should you come across several flavors you want to try, Amorino has you covered with the Delicious Roses allowing you to experience various flavors in a cone shaped like a rose.

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard Street

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Visit Chinatown for oriental homemade ice cream that will rock your taste buds at The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Providing a menu with regular and exotic flavors, both habitual and risk-takers alike will find a flavor suited for their ice cream experiments. However, pay close attention to what flavors are considered regular or exotic.

The mint chip flavor has green mint ice cream sprinkled with dark chocolate flakes. Try the black sesame ice cream with black sesame seeds. The Zen butter ice cream is peanut butter ice cream seasoned with toasted sesame seeds.

Tipsy Scoop

1590 Park Avenue

Tipsy Scoop

For the adult in all of us, Tipsy Scoop combines artisanal ice cream blended with cocktails or spirits. Liquor-infused ice cream is a dream come true.

Red Velvet Martini is infused with cake vodka, crème de cacao, and cherry liqueur. For a Southern twist, go for the Maple Bacon Bourbon made with actual bacon and infused with bourbon. Tipsy Scoop will have you and your friends tipsy tastey.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

2 Rivington Street

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

Ice cream that is authentic and contemporary can only be found at one place: Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. Recipes are developed by founder and owner Nicholas Morgenstern with each distinctive flavor in mind.

Featuring an old-school ice cream shop, patrons experience dining in a place reminiscent of ice cream days gone by. Peppermint vanilla, salted chocolate, blueberry labne, and cardamom lemon jam are unique flavors you can taste at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream.

Find an ice cream you can’t get enough of? Buy a pint or half gallon to take home with you. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck

48.5 East 7th Street, 152 West 10th Street

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck

Starting out as an ice cream truck parked on the streets of New York, Van Leeusan Artisan Ice Cream Truck now has shops located throughout the city. Desiring to establish ice cream that is natural, only the freshest ingredients provided by artisan producers and farmers are used to craft these delicacies.

Classic scoops such as salted caramel, ginger, and Sicilian pistachio are on hand. Peanut butter chocolate chip and coffee bean are just a couple of the vegan scoops you can have. The popular housemade sundaes can be crafted with your favorite flavors and toppings.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.

25 East 17th Street

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Co.

Bringing healthy goodness to this traditional dessert, Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. has ice cream made only from fruit, water, and a dash of organic sugar cane. Ice cream never tasted this healthy.

Dark chocolate, mango, and pineapple are some of the soft serve fruit flavors for you choose. Stop by the toppings bar and add graham crackers, pretzel sticks, or chia seeds to your ice cream. Drizzle warm natural peanut on your delicious treat. Soft serve fruit sundaes are on the menu in case you are not in the mood to create your own dessert.

Victory Garden

31 Carmine Street

Victory Garden

The ice creams and soft serves at Victory Garden are with fresh goat milk and yogurt sourced from local farms. The sweet flavor of the goat milk not only makes the ice cream tasty, but nutritional.

Daily flavors include Mexican chocolate, rose petal gelato, and salted caramel. Seasonal flavors are on the menu throughout the year including Singing in the Rain consisting of Matcha white chocolate sauce, jasmine marshmallow, pistachio praline, and topped with raspberry drizzle.

With all of the variety ice cream shops in New York, you may be eating dessert as your main course for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best ice cream shops found in New York bring a new meaning to sweet deliciousness.