Downtown Soft Serve Guide

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Dining, Downtown Living

Soft serve is the only thing keeping us cool these days, making the 90 degree weather and humidity (almost!) worth while. It’s time we round up our favorites in the city, the old and the new!

Oddfellows ice cream

Photo courtesy of @sundazewith

Oddfellows recently opened a carnival pop-up inside Nolita’s Chefs Club, offering crazy carnival cones and soft serves. The pop-up is open all summer, entertaining you with jugglers and stilt walkers on the weekends. The soft serves are just as fun, including a cotton candy creamsicle (vanilla-tangerine swirl wrapped in cotton candy), the pink dip (raspberry sherbet soft serve with pink chocolate dip) or a caramel popcorn soft serve.

Address: 62 Spring Street
Closest subway station: Spring Street

Mah Ze Dahr Bakery

Photo courtesy of Mah Ze Dahr Bakery

The Greenwich Village bakery isn’t just cookies, cakes and cream puffs this summer. Mah Ze Dahr now does soft serves too, incorporating its delicious baked goods as toppings. The classic flavors, vanilla bean or dark chocolate, are served in house-made waffle cones, with toppings such as dark chocolate brownie bites, caramel macadamia and meringue. Oh, and a drizzle of chocolate fudge or salted caramel sauce to top it off!

Address: 28 Greenwich Avenue
Closest subway station: 14th Street

Milk Bar

Photo courtesy of Siobhan Gunner

Milk Bar’s cereal soft serve with cornflakes is a staple, balancing both sweet and salty flavors. With so many locations in New York, including a location in FiDi, the famous soft serve is never too far away. Besides the classic cereal milk flavor, Milk Bar also offers its beloved birthday cake truffles and crack pie in soft serve flavors! Top tip: Order the treats and use them as a topping on your soft serve.

Address: 110 Wall Street
Closest subway station: Wall Street

Cha Cha Matcha

Photo courtesy of Cha Cha Matcha

The biggest struggle we face during summer is wanting to eat ice cream all. the. time. But also wanting to keep our bodies fit for the season. Luckily, Cha Cha Matcha offers a healthier soft serve! Cha Cha Matcha’s soft serve contains the Japanese green tea leaves, which are packed with antioxidants. If you’re looking for an excuse to eat soft serve, here it is.

Address: 373 Broome Street
Closest subway station: Spring Street


Photo courtesy of @amelialiana

Tired of cups and cones? Taiyaki serves its soft serve in fish-shaped waffles, giving you the perfect picture for your Instagram. Flavors include matcha, sesame and… Unicorn: a pink and white soft serve topped with sprinkles, stars and a gold unicorn horn – in case you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty excited about this one. The flavor is a feast for the eyes alone!

Address: 119 Baxter St
Closest subway station: Canal Street

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Photo courtesy of @happytummytravels

The famous French pastry chef has opened his soft serve window in the West Village again, tempting us with two different soft serve specials for summer. The Burrata soft serve is back with balsamic caramel, microbasil, and confit strawberry inside the cone, taking us back to last year’s sweet memories. The new cold brew soft serve is infused with house-made milk and cold brew, using a special blend of La Colombe beans. It’s the sweetest way to cool down, while getting your caffeine fix at the same time.

Address: 137 Seventh Avenue South
Closest subway station: Christopher Street

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