With Labor Day quickly approaching and the back-to-school craze in full swing, it can be hard to keep sight of what’s really important. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our roundup of the frozen treats you absolutely must try before swapping your swimsuits for sweaters.
132 Orchard Street
Ice cream sandwiches have officially arrived at the next level. Melt Bakery, a sustainable shop open on the Lower East Side since 2012, has the always-beautiful marriage between cookies and ice cream down to a science. Pastry chef Julian Plyner’s homemade cookies are paired with fresh ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients to create original flavors like “The Elvis” (peanut butter cookie with banana ice cream) and “The Cinnamax” (snickerdoodle cookies with cinnamon ice cream).
37 St. Mark’s Place
Dairy-free? Not a problem. Vegan ice cream DF Maven’s moved beyond the frozen aisle of Whole Foods and Kings and opened its very own shop this past winter. In addition to the wide assortment of delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors, the store also sells a variety of juices, wraps, bowls and gluten-free treats.
10 Mott Street
As if ice cream itself wasn’t good enough, now it looks like a rose. Inspired by street vendors of Thailand, the Chinatown shop’s carefully crafted ice cream rolls practically beg for an Instagram. The homemade, preservative-free ice cream is spread onto a special cold plate, rolled to order and, of course, finished off with toppings. Flavors include everything from the classic Oreo “Cookie Monster”, to “Monkey Business” with banana and nutella.
25 E 17th Street
The name says it all. Chloe’s “soft serve fruit” is made with nothing but fruit, water and a touch of organic cane sugar, making it the self-proclaimed “cool way to eat fruit.” Seasonal flavor varieties range from apple and banana to pumpkin and plum. Enjoy some frozen fruit with a unique blend of toppings, or in sundae or smoothie form.
118 1st Avenue
People’s Pops ice pops and shave ice have been all the rage these past few summers. The popular, all-natural ices are handmade in Brooklyn with eight different places to pick up a pop including the High Line, Chelsea Market and Smorgasburg. The innovative flavors never fail to interest and excite. For added fun, boozy pops and shave ice are also available.
-by Ricki Harris