Ice cream lovers around the world have a new mecca. This summer, New York City has emerged as the capital of everyone’s favorite frozen treat. The proof is all over Instagram, as tourists and locals alike flood social media with images of far-out concoctions from the city’s top parlors.
From old-school mom-and-pop shops to artisanal hipster scoop dens, the city has something for everyone. If you’re an ice cream purist, you might find what you’re looking for at , a retro apothecary where classic flavors like vanilla and mint chocolate chip get the star treatment.
For the more adventurous, there’s , the Brooklyn-based ice cream wizards whose ambitious flavors have the city buzzing. From manchego-pineapple-thyme to tomato-strawberry, Oddfellow’s has built a cult following of ice cream aficionados who like their scoops with an extra side of weird.
But for all the new kids on the block changing the game with their welcomed sense of whimsy and adventure, the gold standard for ice cream in New York will always be , the Lower East Side staple serving up gonzo flavors like durian banana or avocado (which they’ll spread on sweet toast if you fancy.) And if you really feel like splurging, Morgenstern’s serves up a $20 banana split that is in the running for the city’s most mind-boggling dessert.
For more of New York’s most sought after purveyors of ice cream, put together a list of and ranked them based on their respective Instagram geotags.
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