I scream, you scream, we all scream for New York’s sweetest summer treat. Here’s the scoop on our top five artisanal city ice cream and gelato spots.
1 Il Laboratorio del Gelato
The most avant-garde brain freeze on earth. Il Laboratorio del Gelato New York's one and only gelateria in which one may enjoy veggie sorbets while gazing through floor-to-ceiling windows at the bustling crowds of East Houston's envious palates. Can't get enough of this small-batch specialty sweetness? Pick up a pint-size container or four at select shops across the city, or place an order for gift pack shipping online. Dangerous, we know.
188 Ludlow Street at East Houston Street
2 Eataly Gelateria
There's only one thing better than cold, creamy goodness in the summertime, and that's Eataly's signature and seasonal gelati made in-house by Mario Batali's dessert doyens. Choose a coppetta or cono and take in the crash Italian course while browsing through the extensive list of specialty flavors in gelato or sorbetto form. Enjoy on-the-go with an obligatory stroll through the grandeur of Eataly's halls upon halls of all things Italian. Save the Nutella bar for another day. Or don't.
200 Fifth Avenue (entrance between 23rd and 24th Streets)
3 Melt Bakery
Once upon a time, a pastry chef and a financier combined forces to open what is now New York's ice cream sandwich go-to, focused on sustainability and seasonal flavor combinations. Melt's creative flavor combinations and Instagram-worthy presentation have earned the praise of critics and local sweet tooths alike, becoming a neighborhood staple since its Orchard Street flagship inauguration in 2012. Don't miss the High Line cart in the Chelsea Market Passage above 15th and 16th Streets, open seasonally for an ice cream break with an unbeatable view.
132 Orchard Street between Rivington and Delancey Streets
4 L'Arte del Gelato
This artisanal, true Italian gelateria is the fruit of a former diamond carver's passion for culture and tradition. What was once a desire to bring an ancient art and Italian authenticity to New York City is now an American dream come to life in the form of three brick-and-mortar locations and a vintage Fiat 500 bearing the company name and bringing smiles to the faces of onlookers. L'Arte del Gelato focuses on honest and natural production, staying true to practices dating back to centuries ago in the heart of gelato's birthplace. An extensive selection of both traditional and specialty flavors draw dessert seekers in search of a bona fide Italian treat.
75 Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets (inside Chelsea Market) Lincoln Center Plaza and High Line locations open seasonally
Scooping in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, this homemade ice cream maven serves up eight constantly rotating flavors and an old school soda selection for the real deal when it comes to floats. OddFellows' in-house pasteurization process and locally sourced additive-free dairy products, along with a little heart and soul, go into the inventive concoctions made from scratch in their Williamsburg flagship. And those crunchy, perfectly crisscrossed waffle cones stacked on the counter? They make those, too. OddFellows seals the deal with an otherworldly Mast Brothers hot fudge sauce, making this dessert destination even sweeter.
75 East 4th Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue