all photos by vivian loh

our six favorite nyc ice cream shops + an at-home ice cream sandwich hack

with a cherry on top, please.

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.

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.