Cup or cone? Playing favorites in NYC is no easy feat, but these sweet treats definitely make the cut. From gelato to artisanal popsicles, we’ve hand-selected the city’s best in frozen delicacies for every taste.
Where do we even begin? NYC’s one and only popsicle lab has captured our hearts with its inventive frozen treat selection, serving its West Village patrons with a smile and what are arguably the world’s most aesthetically pleasing pops. From gelato, sorbetto, and frozen yogurt on a stick to a design-your-own pop station, the possibilities are endless at Popbar. Bonus: for those looking for a bit of a change, take the road less traveled with premium frozen hot chocolate, hot chocolate on a stick, a “Popaccino,” or a pack of PopBites with praline-sized Popsorbetto and Popgelato bites dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. An experience totally worth the sugar rush.
5 Carmine Street at Sixth Avenue
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 Bowery and Second Avenue
3. BIG GAY ICE CREAM
These guys came rolling into town (literally) back in 2009, serving up inventive flavor pairings with flair from a brightly colored truck. Lauded by critics as “a cross between Mister Softee and Mario Batali” the Big Gay team opened two brick and mortar outposts, catering to adoring fans with traditional soft serve loaded up with fun, eclectic toppings, from wasabi pea dust and ‘Nilla wafers to olive oil and Nutella. Lines form quickly, so be sure to arrive early for a taste of NYC's finest. Bonus: Big Gay Ice Cream now serves gluten free cones.
4. MOMOFUKU MILK BAR
A proud member of David Chang’s iconic NYC restaurant empire -- a tour de force of whole duck dinners, uncommon tasting menus and fire-blazing cocktails to boot -- this café/dessert destination raises the bar with one-of-a-kind creations from acclaimed sweet maven Christina Tosi. Sweet tooths rejoice with their uber-famous (now trademarked) cereal-milk soft serve, which tastes exactly as it sounds, and now even travels with its own trademark. Yes, it’s that good. This unique treat is available at any Milk Bar location as well as most Momofuku dessert menus. Who knew childhood nostalgia could be so addictive?
5. IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO
The most avant-garde brain freeze on earth. Il Laboratorio del Gelato is 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