Here’s the Scoop: 27 Must-Try Ice Cream Shops in New York City

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It’s hot out in NYC, which  means the one thing you absolutely must have in your hand at all times—ice cream!

There’s certainly no shortage of ice cream shops throughout the city, but there are quite a few that stand out from the crowd as summertime must-trys.

For starters, if you’re looking for fun scoops hand rolled ice cream, you should absolutely check out Penguin Ice Cream on Hester Street where you can get this Thai specialty with unlimited toppings for $8!

There’s also the ice cream that’s become more popular recently, the shaved cream from Snowdays. Drawing inspiration from Taiwanese and Korean shaved ice, East and West Village’s Snowdays replaces water-based flavored ice for creamy, organic 1%-milk-based ice cream. Yum!! 

We’ve even made finding all of these deliciously sweet spots even sweeter by creating a map of all of them that you can save and turn to when you’re looking for a new ice cream shop to check out! Our mapped out list has everything from the insect topping ice cream of La Newyorkina (don’t worry, they have other non-insect toppings too!), to the vegan ice cream at Van Leeuwen’s, and the boozy ice cream at Tipsy Scoop.

Oh! And if you’re a serious sweet tooth like us, you can even go on an ice cream tour of NYC with Sugartooth Tours! You’ll be introduced to the most delicious frozen treats from uniquely flavored ice creams, ice-cream sandwiches, and artisanal gelato covering about 2 miles through Little Italy, Soho, and Chinatown.