I’m a serious ice-cream critic. I love a good, creamy ice cream with depth of flavor, clean ingredients and “something extra”. I think it’s a waste of calories if it’s icy, leaves a coating or has fake flavors (hello Ben&Jerrys, when did your recipes change so much?!? Better in Europe but even worth being called premium in the US, along with Häagen-Daz).
If you are looking for a good café suggestion, check out Cafés in Manhattan. If you are all about the frozen fantasies of Ice Cream, here are three spots worth a visit.
Best Ice Cream Sandwich:
The Macaron Parlour location on 111 St Marks Place is a must-do if you like macaroons AND ice cream. They have an ice cream sandwich they call Care Bear. A multi-colored giant macaron filled with sea salt caramel ice cream. They have lots of other baked goods and coffee as well but I never get anything else. It’s deliciously chewy and runs all over your hands in rainbow colors… What’s not to love?
Best funky ice-cream:
The tiny Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. Sandwich Shop on 4th street really does make odd ice cream. Excellent, creamy French ice-cream with flavors such as “Thai”, “Beet, Pistachio, Chocolate”, “Black Chocolate Stout”, or “Black Pepper Fig”. They sell by the cup, pint or make sandwiches with delicious home-baked cookies. Flavors to startle your taste buds but a really fun place to stop by. Limited seating.
Best classic ice-cream:
In spite of the weather channel announcing a day of “-12 c, feels like -25c” we went for ice cream and hot chocolate at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream on 7th street. The hot chocolate was boring but the ice cream is definitely home made, creamy and rich. My favorite flavor was Honeycomb while my sister liked the Sea Salt Caramel.
Not tested: Big Gay Ice Cream on 7th st between 1st Avenue and Avenue A. Famous for soft-serve ice cream with unconventional toppings and a lot of attitude. Definitely a stop on my next visit…