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Get the scoop on the best places for ice cream in New York City

There’s no better treat to take you back to your childhood than a scoop of ice cream, it’s nostalgic heaven! Whether you’re after the simple joy of vanilla or something a little more experimental, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best ice cream New York City has to offer.

Momofuku Milk Bar

Price range: $$
Skipped breakfast? Head to the Milk Bar for a cereal bar soft serve – it tastes just like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes! While you’re here, grab a few b’day truffles. These are a birthday party in a bite. Don’t be scared of the constant line, it moves pretty fast and we promise you it’s worth the wait.

Where to go: 251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Price range: $

Morgenstern’s menu is an Instagrammers playground. Just take a snap of the impressive King Kong banana split and watch those likes roll in. The parlor itself is also easy on the eyes with its black and white tiles and old fashioned stools and seating. Our favorite thing about this place is the employees in their white aprons and paper hats, that’s how ice cream should be served!

Where to go: 2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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Ice & Vice

Price range: $$

The staff here are culinary mad scientists. Pork Your Melons throws together honeydew, prosciutto chips, with a white balsamic reduction. 9AM mixes French-roast coffee, Vietnamese cinnamon, condensed milk, and doughnut truffle. Even vanilla is elevated with black-lava sea salt. These recipes might sound like unlikely combinations, but they actually work!

Where to go: 221 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002

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10Below Ice Cream

Price range: $$

10Below does ice cream a little differently. The owners were inspired by their travels to Thailand and brought back a unique technique to the city. The mixture starts as a liquid form and is then placed on a frozen stab. From there they roll the ice cream into logs from a thin sharp knife. It’s a taste sensation. Problem is, it’s a little tricky to find. The place is 10 steps below the sidewalk (which explains the name) so keep your eyes open for it.

Where to go: 10 Mott St, New York, NY 10002

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Eggloo

Price range: $$

Eggloo in New York’s Chinatown tops egg waffles (a popular Hong Kong street snack) with ice cream and lots of other tasty toppings. When the server has created your custom order, it will be the prettiest, most Instagramable ice cream cone you’ve ever seen.

Where to go: 60 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, USA

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Big Gay Ice Cream

Price range: $$

This place will transport you back to your childhood, the soft serve ice cream tastes just like it did when you were a kid lining up for a Mister Softee. It’s slightly pricey but it’s worth it for the big portions. Don’t leave this place without ordering a Salty Pimp Cone – vanilla ice cream contained within a dark and salty chocolate shell.

Where to go: 125 East 7th Street, New York NY 10009

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Davey’s Ice Cream

Price range: $$

Who is Davey you ask? The man behind the dairy is David Yoo, a former graphic designer which is very apparent when you step foot in the colorful East Village shop. Coffee lover? Mix hot with cold and treat yourself to an espresso while you’re there.

Where to go: 137 1st Avenue, New York, New York 10003

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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Price range: $

If you’re bored of the typical flavors, we dare you to try this parlor in the heart of Chinatown. With flavors like black sesame, green tea and taro (similar to a potato) you’ll find yourself in experimental heaven. For those less daring, don’t worry! They also do banana, chocolate and vanilla but you’ll only find them under the ‘exotic flavors’ menu. You are in Chinatown after all.

Where to go: 65 Bayard Street, New York, NY 10013

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