Duh! It's summer, and ice cream is a-booming. But where to go for ice cream that's a notch above?
On a beautiful, warm day, Osteria's usually got its gelato cart out, and the coconut never disappoints me. A charming young Italian man will pronounce "cioccolato" and "nocciola" with such a strong accent that I'll look to the board to figure out what he's saying, and then I'll inevitably pick the coconut ... and one of whatever he recommends or whatever sounds weirdest.
Hot chocolate? Yes please! After rambling down the absolutely stunning bridgefront park in Dumbo, stop off at Jacques Torres for decadently rich hot chocolate, perfected truffles and milk chocolate-covered Cheerios for the kiddies.
Everyone visits the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, but I'm a lover of this branch. Not only is it so secluded and removed that you have to make a specific trip to find it, but it's tiny and quaint, with perhaps a lone dog or family outside. There's something so old school about this particular outpost, and a stroll along this strip of North Greenpoint will give you a glimpse of the Boardwalk Empire set's boardwalk, with just a tiny string of lights and a little boardwalk peeking out. Strawberry ice cream tastes somehow more delicious in isolation, walking alone next to a junkyard as the sun sets over my favorite neighborhood in New York.
Every NYC sweet junky knows Milk Bar downtown for after work snacks. But midtown's bar is a great quick work lunch stop, with pork buns to go for $10 and the vanilla Birthday Cake studded with colorful crumbles for work celebrations.
So delightfully old school it will make you think you're in the Royal Tenenbaums ice cream parlor, Brooklyn Farmacy has the soda jerks, the tall glasses, the long spoons, and the delicious ice cream floats. But there are also breakfast biscuits and sandwiches and espresso, for which the parlor opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays.
What's that sound? It's totally Van Leeuwen stepping up its game. With delicious Tahitian vanilla and Cluizel chocolate ice creams and shakes, plus the beloved Earl Grey milktastic ice cream, this ice cream parlor and coffee shop just won some new fans.
The coconut milk fudge sorbet, the salted caramel, the pistachio, the peanut butter chocolate, the vanilla milkshake, and new soft serve flavors -- Ample Hill lives up to its reputation, and more.
Thai ice tea and ice cream rock the house at this ice cream parlor in Park Slope, where moms and their kids pack in for cones of green tea, cucumber lime, lychee rose, and coconut, as well as Thai bites like curry puffs and no carb pad thai (essentially papaya noodles). Get the durian ice cream if you dare!