Published 30th August 2018
Allen Kim, CNN
(CNN) — If there’s one thing all New Yorkers can get behind, it’s ice cream.
Do you prefer soft serve to a scoop? Gelato over sorbet? Something spicy and sour instead of sweet and salty? You might even want an old fashioned hot fudge sundae. No matter your frozen preference, you can find it in one of New York City’s diverse ice cream shops.
Whether you opt for a chocolate-dipped vanilla soft serve to stay cool during the summer sizzle or a sundae with the works to stave off the winter blues, these 11 spots are ready to dish it up.
* Picks are listed in alphabetical order.
-321° Ice Cream Shop
-321° Ice Cream is different from your typical scoop shop, which keeps its ice cream sitting in tubs in a freezer.
Using liquid nitrogen, this place “flash-freezes” the ice cream and delivers it to you fresh on the spot.
And if you want that amazing picture for the ‘Gram, spend the extra dollar to get the “nitrogen cup,” which envelops your ice cream in a cool vapor.
Ample Hills Creamery
Launched in 2011, Ample Hills Creamery has practically become an institution for ice cream in NYC.
The creamery uses hormone-free milk and cream from grass-fed cows along with organic cane sugar, all of which shine through in the finished product.
It’s rich and flavorful ice cream whether it’s one of Ample Hill’s classic flavors (try the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake) or a seasonal special such as Chocolate Trip — a chocolate ice cream packed with cookie dough and cookies and cream cupcakes.
Best of all, the shop offers pints to go so you can be ready when you’re on your couch and the ice cream craving hits.
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Big Gay Ice Cream
Big Gay Ice Cream has been steadily churning out some of the best ice cream NYC has to offer since 2009. Owners Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff chose the store name not as a political statement but as a double meaning for the duo’s sexual orientation and happiness in general.
What started out as a simple ice cream truck has evolved into a full-fledged operation with multiple stores where the lines often snake outside the door and around the block.
From hot fudge sundaes to soft serve dipped and sealed in chocolate, there are a number of different pleasing options for the ice cream aficionado or casual consumer. One of the most popular offerings is the Salty Pimp, vanilla ice cream packed with salty dark chocolate pieces and swirls of dulce de leche.
Best of all, special flavors rotate weekly, so there’s always something new to try like Marcia Marcia Marshmallow, which tops marshmallow ice cream with hot fudge, pretzel bits and strawberry whipped cream.
Italian import Grom has established itself as the place to go for gelato in New York City. Unlike many other places, Grom doesn’t use any emulsifiers in its gelato, which results in a less foamy but softer and creamier gelato with less air.
But, fair warning: Grom’s gelato melts faster than your typical gelato because the company doesn’t use any thickeners in its products. The melt factor shouldn’t be a problem once you taste Crema Di Grom, a pastry-cream flavored gelato with corn biscuits and chocolate chips swirled in.