You've seen the cartoons, you've heard the jokes: "It's so hot you could fry a pan on the sidewalk!" But it's not until you experience an NYC summer that you actually truly believe that, yes, the streets could serve as a frying pan. And don't even get us started on the subway...
So it's a good time for us to share our favorite NYC ice cream shops, especially since Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. With out-of-the-box flavors you'll crave even through the winter, you'll want to bookmark this list and plan a day to hit them all. Because an ice cream coma is more than worth it. Trust us.
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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Where: East Village, Greenpoint & Boerum Hill. Trucks are also usually at Bedford & North 7th, Prince & Greene, and Bleecker & Perry. Fave Flavors: Currants and Cream, Earl Grey Tea, and Palm Sugar.
Alchemy Creamery Where: Online, various shops, and Smorgasburg & BK Flea. Fave Flavors: Almond Marzipan and Green Tea & Coconut Milk. Bonus: Magic Wand, a reinvented push pop.
Davey's Ice Cream Where: 137 1st Ave. Fave Flavors: Mexican Vanilla, Black Pepper Strawberry, and Strong Coffee. Bonus: Supreme Banana Split (3 full scoops, a banana-split, homemade hot fudge, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, sprinkles, and 3 maraschino cherries in a homemade waffle boat).
OddFellows Ice Cream Co. Where: 75 East 4th St. and 175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn. Fave Flavors: Chorizo Carmel Swirl, Burnt Marshmallow, and Grapefruit Jalapeño. Bonus: Homemade Waffle Cones.
Morgenstern's Finest Where: 2 Rivington Street. Fave Flavors: Szechuan Popcorn, Cardamom Lemon Jam, and Chocolate Oat. Bonus: Double dip cone with bitter chocolate and burnt honey vanilla ice cream. Single dip cone with blueberry labne ice cream.
Steve's Ice Cream Where: Online and various shops. Fave Flavors: BKLYN Blackout, Blackberry Honey, and Carrot Habanero Pepper.
*The gorgeous scoops behind each and every pic? Yup, that's Steve's. And the web team ate every last delicious bite from the leftover pints.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Sandwich Hack
Just cut into a pint and place between two fresh baked cookies.