Boo, the end of the summer is quickly approaching. This means cramming as much beach, park, swimming, and barbecuing as possible. But most importantly, the end of summer is about inhaling ice cream. What better place or time to do it than at the New Amsterdam Market’s Third Annual Ice Cream Sunday, this weekend.
From noon to 4pm, the famous market hosts this frozen fest as a way to raise money, and fill your bellies. This year it’s taking place at the Old Fulton Fish Market on South Street, between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, and you can get tickets for $35. After that, it’s ice cream mania with treats made by Marlow & Sons, Rouge Tomate, Il Buco, Steve’s Ice Cream, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and more.
If you can’t make the ice cream extravaganza this weekend, it doesn’t mean you can’t completely indulge another day. Forget Mr. Softee and head to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and try odd flavors of the dessert like red bean, almond cookie, and durian. Big Gay Ice Cream is another place serving unusual combinations like the Bea Arthur with duce de leche and crushed vanilla wafers, the Cococone with curried coconut, and the American Globs with pretzels. For more traditionally frozen treats, Blue Marble in Cobble Hill and Prospects Heights or the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in DUMBO are good ways to go. Also in Brooklyn, the General Greene’s ice cream shop has a rich array of flavors, but the best thing to get is their intense banana split. It’s the end of summer after all, soon there will be no more beach bode to worry about so you might as well go out with a creamy, sweet, bang.
Skip those packaged, over-processed treats and indulge your sweet tooth at one of these desserteries that give sugary confections the star treatment they deserve.
10. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (Chinatown) – Between the wide variety of classic flavors (vanilla, chocolate, rocky road) and exotic ones (avocado, wasabi, ginger), there’s more than enough to shame any Pinkberry fanatic. 9. Dessert Truck (Greenwich Village) – In times of economic troubles, what’s more appropriate than food from a truck? 8. P*ONG (West Village) – Chocolate purists skip this one. P*ONG is meant for adventurous foodies (i.e. those intrigued by the likes of a shaved manchego dessert served with a Riesling poached pear, pomegranate, and wild arugula).
7. Sant Ambroeus (West Village) – Treat yourself to classic Italian gelato as you marvel at some of the best facelifts in town. 6. Serendipity 3 (Upper East Side) – Sure, Serendipity 3 is home to the world’s priciest sundae, but the real star at this tourist-heavy, tchotchkie-lovers paradise is the spot’s signature Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate. 5. Kyotofu (Midtown West) – For those who question the versatility of soy milk when it comes to desserts, the tofu cheesecake, tofu ice cream, tofu mochi, and the dozen other mostly soy-based desserts will put your fears to rest. 4. Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie (Upper East Side) – Check-out Adele Bloch-Bauer I — the Klimt piece Ronald Lauder shelled out $135 million for — and then discuss its merits over coffee and a slice of Vienna’s world famous Sachertorte. 3. Momofuku Milk Bar (East Village) – Given that David Chang is to the culinary arts what Marc Jacobs is to the fashion industry, checking out every branch of the Momofuku empire should be considered a must. 2. ChikaLicious (East Village) – Run by a husband and wife team, ChikaLicious is a true pioneer when it comes to avant-garde desserts. The menu changes daily, but expect WD-50-esque options like warm chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice cream and red wine sauce. 1. Payard Patisserie & Bistro (Upper East Side) – Sure the staff is pretentious, but if you were serving their cakes, pastries, and hot chocolate — which are as delectable to the eyes as they are to the palette — you’d be pretentious about it too.