NEW YORK CITY — We are so spoiled. While other cities have to make do with Coldstone Creamery and Baskin Robbins, New Yorkers have all manner of frozen sweetness to enjoy. Our neighborhood reporters shared their favorite frozen treats in one handy guide.
Big Gay Ice Cream, 61 Grove St. at Seventh Avenue South, West Village
The Mermaid is BGIC's most summery treat. The sundae combines layers of creamy vanilla soft serve, tangy key lime curd and crushed graham crackers, topped with a drizzle of key lime curd and loads of whipped cream. It's basically a key lime pie in a cup.
Coconut Ice Cream
Delicioso Coco Helado, factory at 849 St. Ann's Ave., Melrose and in pushcarts throughout The Bronx
Delicioso Coco Helado is one of the most famed ice cream makers in The Bronx, and there is no better way to enjoy it than by sampling the flavor that gave the business its name. The factory is located at St. Ann's Avenue and East 161st Street, but if you just spend a few minutes walking through The Bronx during the summer, you should see one of the company's pushcarts soon enough.
Salted Caramel with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream
Emack & Bolio's, 1564 First Ave., Yorkville
Among the outrageous flavors Emack and Bolio's offers, the salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzels is a meeting of sweet and salty with a surprise crunch. There are full mini chocolate-covered pretzels hidden within the ice cream.
Frozen Nutella Hot Chocolate
Martha's Country Bakery, 70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills
Grab Frozen Nutella Hot Chocolate at Martha's Country Bakery to cool down on a hot summery day. The treat mixes Nutella and chocolate, blended with ice and topped with whipped cream and additional chocolate syrup. The concoction, which is sweet but not too sweet, is the most popular frozen treat this summer at this bustling Forest Hills bakery and coffee shop.
Root Beer Float Soft Serve
Momofuku Milk Bar, 561 Columbus Ave., at 87th Street, Upper West Side
Root beer floats are a classic summer sweet-tooth quencher. Momofuku Milk Bar offers a fun twist on that fountain favorite with its root beer float soft serve ice cream. This treat can also be topped with cornflakes for extra flavor and crunch.
Lime Tarragon Tequila and Strawberry Margarita Popsicles
Oddfellows Ice Cream, 175 Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Sometimes it's just better to have your alcohol in iced form. Oddfellows, known for its unusual ice cream flavors, has taken that to heart and turned their lime tarragon sorbet into a boozy margarita popsicle. It's green, Instagram-friendly and, most importantly, has tequila in it.
Wooly's Ice, 700 8th Ave., Midtown
You can top Wooly's flavored-infused icy treat, a cross between Hawaiian shaved ice and the Taiwanese version, with fresh fruit, mochi and brownie bits. Made with low-fat milk, Wooly's shaved snow is fluffy and creamy in texture, but still a good choice for the health-conscious.
"Mac Daddy" and "Daddy Mac" Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, 199 Avenue A, East Village
Customize your ice cream sandwich by choosing from one of five different Belgian waffle flavors including chocolate, strawberry and white velvet — made with white chocolate and blueberries — and pairing it with one of the shop’s rotating list of ice creams, such as the pecan pie-flavored “Southern Hospitality” or the triple vanilla “Ice Ice Baby.” The sandwiches come in two sizes: the “Daddy Mac,” which uses a whole 8-inch waffle and the “Mac Daddy,” which uses half.
Coconut Mango Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Francois Payard Patisserie & Bistro, 1293 Third Ave., Upper East Side
Francois Payard's Coconut Mango Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich is everything you'd expect from a fancy French macaron but offers the delight of eating an ice cream sandwich at the same time. Not only are these sandwiches pretty to look at but there are four flavors to choose from. The coconut mango is a good bet for the summer.
Roberta's, 261 Moore St., East Williamsburg
The boozy slushies at Roberta's outdoor tiki bar are the perfect beverage to lighten the mood as you wait for a table to try the spot's famous pizza. The flavors rotate every couple weeks — with options such as watermelon vodka cranberry, tequila blackcurrant and whipped cream vodka pineapple — but we've yet to try a loser among the fruity concoctions.
Vanilla Nutella Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
Smorgasburg, 19 Fulton Street, South Street Seaport
Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies from Brooklyn's Good Batch bakery are the "bread" for this big, sweet, cool treat that's filled with thick layers of ice cream and nutella cream.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
Popbar, 5 Carmine St., Greenwich Village
Popbar's specialty is "gelato on a stick," and its most popular flavors are pistachio gelato and strawberry sorbet, but their frozen hot chocolate is the not-to-be-missed summer treat. Topped with a mountain of whipped cream, the creamy chocolate concoction is made with real milk.
Branch Ofc., 225 Rogers Ave., Crown Heights
How about a little nostalgia with your booze? Crown Heights newcomer Branch Ofc. offers three flavors of snowcones (complete with multi-colored syrup and paper cup) for adults at their new Rogers Avenue location. Available with gin and cherry, Mezcal and lime or rum and pineapple.
The Commodore, 366 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Most of The Commodore's cocktail list would feel refreshing on a hot summer day, but their namesake pina colada — blended into a smooth, icy mix behind the bar — will not disappoint those looking for a taste of the tropics. It's got an amaretto floater and a juicy pineapple slice nestled on the edge of the glass. Tip: Ask for a tiki umbrella to really get yourself in the mood.