Summer is here in the Big Apple and New Yorkers are preparing for the scorching months to come. Not to fear!
Cool Off With a Cone
There are lots of ways to cool off that don’t involve standing directly in front of an A/C unit. Here are some of the best places to beat the heat and enjoy a cone in NYC this summer.
Davey’s Ice Cream
David Yoo left his job as a graphic designer to open his own ice cream shop in 2013. The Lower East Side location is back to scooping up artisanal ice creams made from fresh, local ingredients. Flavors rotate seasonally but there are some staples locals come back for again and again. Try the strong coffee flavor to add a bit of pep to your pint or indulge in Nutella chocolate chunk. Yoo collaborates frequently with other neighborhood businesses to bring a taste of the community to every spoonful. Previously, he has sourced cinnamon and chocolate babka from Moishe’s Bakeshop and Marcona almonds from Huertas (a local Basque restaurant) to blend into his divine dessert concoctions. Customize your own ice cream sandwich with homemade cookies, a scoop of your choice, and a topping or stay classic with a banana split sundae. Beyond ice cream, Davey’s Ice Cream creates made-to-order birthday cakes and wedding cakes.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
What started as an ice cream truck in 2008, has blossomed into a multi-location, confectionary empire. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has been reopening select locations in the NYC area for takeout and delivery. They focus on using quality ingredients and subscribe to the mantra, “a life without anything good is bad.” They have a full list of regular flavors that run the gamut from classics like vanilla and chocolate to edgier profiles such as honeycomb and earl gray tea. Beyond a full line of dairy ice creams, Van Leeuwen also has a large selection of vegan ice cream flavors as well. Made from an assortment of non-dairy milks, including oat or coconut milk, flavors include peanut butter chocolate chip, cookie crumble strawberry jam, and brownie deluxe. Their website hosts the list of rotating seasonal flavors and how to order their sweet treats for curbside pick up.
Literally translated, taiyaki means fried fish and has been a symbol of prosperity to come since the Shogun era. Taiyaki NYC has taken the concept of tai and baked their waffle cones into whimsical fish shapes which they adorn with Asian-inspired soft serve flavors. The deep fish cones can be filled with custard or red bean paste. Soft-serve flavors like matcha, black sesame, and mango go on top of the fillings. Some of the flavors can even be swirled. Toppings like mochi, coconut flakes, condensed milk drizzle, and edible unicorn horns accentuate the fantastical nature of these incredible creations. Taiyaki caused a social media stir back in 2017 when they started selling miniature unicorn floaties with complimentary taro slushies; the trendiest and most Instagramable way to enjoy dessert poolside. Those that worry about brain freeze should try their fluffy, Japanese-style soufflé pancakes.
Fany, the mastermind behind La Newyorkina, is Mexican born and has always been a food lover with a sweet tooth. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working in several revered establishments, including Eleven Madison Park, she opened her own spot dedicated to paletas or Mexican popsicles. You can still get her original 5 flavors (mango chile, hibiscus, coconut, passion fruit, and avocado) or you can try the paletitas borrachitas (boozy pops). Those looking for something a little heartier can get hand-packed pints of Mexican ice creams and sorbets or luxuriate with a churro ice cream sandwich. A portion of all profits goes to an organization called Crea which helps generate employment opportunities for low-income women in Mexico which provides training and business development support.
Ice & Vice
Ice & Vice has been pushing the boundaries and reinventing ice cream for years. They create ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt in small batches using ultra-premium ingredients. The combinations are palate thrillers such as ‘love & hate’ (root beer ice cream with ginger molasses soil), ‘opium den’ (white sesame, toasted poppy seeds, lemon bread croutons), and ‘tea dance’ (Nilgiri black tea, lemon charcoal caramel). They also have a line of sundaes, ice cream pies, and ice cream sandwiches. Every carefully constructed flavor combination is sure to leave you hungry from more. Visit their site frequently to find a pop-up location near you!