My obsession with ice cream started when Baskin Robins came out with Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream when I was a kid. My eyes lit up as the flavor hit my tongue. Next to the Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Tacobell and jalapeño chips from Wise, this new ice cream flavor became my favorite treat.
I still crave Reese’s Pieces now and then but there are so many different ice cream flavors to try now it feels like I’m committing a sin eating the same thing again and again. As the ice cream scene in NYC reaches new heights I’m on an ongoing quest to find the best of the best.
If you’re visiting New York or you’re a native these are five spots you have to visit when the craving hits for a cool treat.
Waffles are my holy grail breakfast item. Are they nutritious? No. Are they delicious? Yes! I love a good waffle loaded with ice cream. The waffle itself was nice and flakey. It can be a complete downer when the waffle is hard to break off. The ice cream was good but I think what brings it up a notch are the toppings. You can pick from fruit, cereal, condensed milk, M&M’s and other candies. Switch up the flavor even more with a chocolate or green tea waffle.
Visit Eggloo at 60 Mulberry Street or 147 Avenue A.
Excuse my lack of foundation and concealer in the above photo but I was so excited to visit Black Tap in NYC I abandoned my make-up routine and clearly lost my iron. I was ready to get down and dirty when I visited Black Tap, okay?
I wish I took a picture of my burger but I was too busy devouring it to take out my camera. Black Tap is the perfect place to visit for lunch and dessert (or just dessert! but their burgers are too good to pass up). Fair warning–since their burgers are huge you will feel full by the time your milkshake comes out but who doesn’t love a good food challenge?
Make sure to order your milkshake when you order your food. It’ll take them awhile to put it together. The best time to visit Black Tap is during lunch or for an early dinner during the week. Expect to wait if you head over there after seven or on the weekends.
I opted to try their cookie shake filled with vanilla ice cream, a chocolate cookie crumble rim, topped with a cookiewich, chocolate chips, whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. They have expanded their crazy shake menu since I’ve last visited. You can now get a cake batter shake, fruity pebbles shake and more.
Trust me when I say this–it’s completely worth the calories.
They have several locations around New York City. Check out their website for more info.
Can I get a round of applause because I was totally adventurous with my ice cream flavor at Juicy Spot? When it came to their Thai rolled ice cream I was not interested in plain vanilla. I had to try one of their fan favorites–dragonfruit!
Juicy Spot is the place to visit because they were the first to introduce Thai rolled ice cream to New York City.
I’ll admit when I took my first bite I was kind of hesitant. I never tried dragonfruit before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I figured the chocolate shavings and strawberries would be there to help with the flavor. It was a little too tart for my liking but I still enjoyed it. The texture of the rolls is different from regular ice cream. It’s a little tougher so that took a few bites to get used to, too.
Juicy Spot Cafe is located on 109 Ludlow Street. Follow their Instagram @juicyspotcafe here.
I know, I know, not another waffle! But this one is shaped like a fish. How cute is that? Plus, it has a unicorn horn on top!
Come oooooon, you know you want to visit here just for the Insta.
Not only is this ice cream Instagram worthy but it’s totally delicious. I had strawberry and vanilla ice cream mixed together. The strawberry tasted exactly like fresh strawberries. The red bean waffle was also very good and added a little kick to what would have been an otherwise plain dessert.
You can kick your fish cone up a notch with different ice cream flavors, waffles and toppings. My friend had green tea with condensed milk drizzled on top, which tasted great as well.
Check them out on Instagram: @taiyakinyc
Put down the frose and get tipsy on ice cream instead. Tipsy Scoop has a large selection of boozy ice cream ranging from regular flavors like mint chip, vanilla bean and chocolate to raspberry limoncello sorbet, mango, red velvet and more.
They make cakes, speciality sundaes and ice cream sandwiches. If you can, try to visit them during a holiday. They went all out for Saint Patrick’s Day with a pot of gold sundae and for Valentine’s Day who wouldn’t enjoy some strawberry ice cream with champagne?
I had their special for the month of April, peachy keen, which tasted just like peaches but infused with a slight hint of alcohol.
You won’t get drunk off of these ice creams. Unless you’re my mom and decide to eat the pints in one sitting.
Check out their colorful Instagram: @tipsyscoop
If you can’t make it to New York, you can order some of their pints online here.
Let me know in the comments below your favorite ice cream spot. Have you tried any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me?