Even in below freezing weather, sometimes all you want is some ice cream. If you don't mind the cold, here are some excellent options for you to check out.
The best part? You won't have to wait in line to get your sweet treat.
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Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard Street
For over 30 years, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has been serving their delicious flavors to the public. The shop itself is fairly unassuming and pretty easy to walk by.
They have a variety of flavors that you likely won't see in other stores including black sesame, lychee, almond cookie, durian, ginger, taro and more.
Besides the standard flavors, they also offer some flavor of the days so there will be something different to try every time you stop in.
The company prides itself on its creamy and smooth ice cream that is sweet without being overpowering.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
61 Grove Street; 125 East 7th Street
Originally this shop started off as a truck, but due to its overwhelming popularity it now has two physical locations: one in the east village and one in the west village.
If you're looking for something that has a bit more flair, the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is definitely a great choice.
They offer tasty cones with fun names like Salty Piimp, Bea Arthur and American Globs. All of their cones combine vanilla (or in one case twist) soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings like pretzels, dulce de leche, chocolate dip and so on.
If you're not in the mood a cone, you can also try some of their delicious shakes and floats.
Over the years, they have moved away from their original recipe and created their own proprietary soft serve with the help of Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.
241 East 10th Street; 167 7th Ave South; 37-20 Prince Street, Queens
With a name like Snowdays, it only makes sense to try their ice cream during the winter, right? When you order from here, you're not getting the standard ice cream.
Instead you get soft and fluffy shaved ice cream with your choice of toppings. They offer some unique flavors like NY Cheesecake (made with real cream cheese!), Black Sesame and their trademarked Yetitracks.
For those that are vegan or lactose intolerant, they offer a Coconut option as well.
All of their ice cream is made with organic dairy from New York's Hudson Valley and they pride themselves on sourcing only the best ingredients to make the freshest and tastiest shaved ice cream.
37 St. Marks Place
DF Mavens is the perfect treat for vegans. They offer a variety of ice creams made from different types of milks like soy, almond and coconut.
You can try as many flavors as you like before you make your decision and if you can't choose between two flavors you can get them both! While not everything flavor will be to your liking, there will definitely be one or two that you'll fall in love with.
Even those who aren't vegan or lactose-intolerant will find something to enjoy.
If you're not in the mood for something cold, they also offer vegan cookies and brownies. Oh and bonus? They're certified Kosher and offer some sugar-free options.
Ice and Vice
221 East Broadway
Before they opened up their brick and mortar shop, Ice and Vice simply sold their ice creams in select artisanal stores.
If you thought Chinatown Ice Cream Factory had unique flavors then you'll be blown away by the flavors here. Ice and Vice prides itself on its "edgy" options.
Luckily, anything you choose will not only be unique but delicious as well.
You can choose either the basic flavors or try out their seasonal flavors like Crack o' Lantern that uses pumpkinseed oil and crystallized ginger. Or why not try the Figgin' Toasted, which combines toasted baguette and goat cheese fig jam.
It might seem like they're compensating for the flavor of their ice cream with simple innovation, but that's not the case at all. The owners use only the highest-quality ingredients and create in small batches for a thick and creamy finished product.
272 Bleecker Street
Created by two Argentine brothers, Cones brings a different flavor to the New York ice cream scene.
Trained in Argentina by a master gelato maker, the two then came to New York to start Cones. Unlike traditional ice cream, Cones has a lighter texture but bolder flavors.
Most of this can be attributed to the use of fresh ingredients and making every batch from scratch.
Their most famous offering is the Johnny Walker Black whiskey with kumquat ice cream which blends the tartness of the kumquats and the smokiness of the whiskey.
Still, if you're looking for a true taste of Argentina, you need not go further than their corn ice cream. Although it may no longer be as rare a commodity as it once was, the full kernels, sweet corn flavor and light cinnamon dusting make this a must try.