The Polar Vortex is long gone and it is almost time to crave yet another cold swell in the sweltering heat of a Brooklyn summer. June through September can be some of the most uncomfortable months, but they can dish out some of the year’s tastiest delights. Cool off with some of Brooklyn’s best ice cream, and try to enjoy it all before it melts on the sidewalk!
If the name doesn’t say it all, don’t be surprised to find foods like chorizo, beets, celery, pumpernickel, manchego, or olive oil in your fresh scoops of this small-batch ice cream shop. Popular not only for shock value but for its absolutely delectability, OddFellows is a neighborhood favorite, with as many as 10 ice cream flavors and four sorbets made in-house daily.
[175 Kent Ave in Williamsburg, (347) 599–0556, www.oddfel
The iconic soft-serve swirl is served at an old-time scoop shop in Sheepshead Bay, where the franchise has been family-run for more than 60 years! “There’s vanilla syrup running through my veins,” says Pat Aceto, who took over operations from his father. Known as the Coney Island Carvel, this shop is just steps from the beach, and a perfect detour after a ride on the Cyclone. The brightly colored corner building at the corner of avenues X and Y will welcome you with festive cheer and scents of chocolate syrup.
[2744 Coney Island Ave. in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 934–8173, www.coneyi
Right on a busy stretch of Bedford packed with strollers and tourists on a hot weekend afternoon, this creamery is a great stop for a scoop to cool down. It was put on the map by its wine-flavors (Chocolate Cabernet, Red Raspberry Chardonnay), but its rich, sweet, kid-friendly varietes are also worth exploring — savor the chocolate peanut butter Oreo or blueberry cheesecake. Organic frozen yogurt and ice cream sandwiches are also served. The creamery offers delivery and online ordering for those who prefer not to leave the air-conditioning.
[201 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg, (347) 762–1827, www.willia
The original location of this handmade ice cream shop right by the Brooklyn Bridge was so popular that they branched off and opened a Greenpoint location in 2007. Go for the classic flavors, which can be enhanced with syrups, or as shakes or banana splits.
[Corners of Old Fulton and Water streets in Dumbo and at 97 Commercial St. at Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, (718) 246–3963 and (718) 349–2506, www.brookl
This family-owned Prospect Heights scoop shop recently came out with a cookbook for its funky, creative flavors loaded with mix-ins such as potato chips, pretzels, cotton candy, and more. New flavors appear daily, based on staff inspiration, fan suggestions, and toppings from local food vendors, including Liddabit Sweets and Brooklyn Roasting Company. Floats made with root beer or grape soda are also a highlight. The shop teems with kids after school or during camp hours. There’s a play area in the back, so plan accordingly.
[623 Vanderbilt Ave.in Prospect Heights, (347) 240–3926, www.amplehills.com].
The pale yellow truck attracts lines all summer for $7 scoops, but cool down inside at the Boerum Hill or Greenpoint shops of this artisanal ice cream vendor. Since 2008, Van Leeuwen has been making ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint using only fresh hormone and antibiotic free milk and cream. Simple flavors such as vanilla, pistachio, and mint chip stand out.
[81 Bergen St. at Smith Street in Boerum Hill and 632 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, (718)701–1630, www.vanlee
This ice cream and Italian ice vendor boasts of “flavors so good they’ll make you feel like a kid again.” The decades-old confectioner runs 11 outposts in Brooklyn and more elsewhere, so cooling down with a cup of its frozen treats is a borough staple. Creamy ices including cake batter or mint chocolate chip will trick you into thinking you’re eating real ice cream! But if you don’t like to feel tricked, the ice cream is just as high-quality — try the Brooklyn Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, and Soprano Spumoni. Prices are low and servings are large.
[1272 Bay Ridge Pkwy at 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights, (718) 748–3494, www.unclel
Now in its 117th summer of serving extravagant sundaes and treats, there’s no question that the centenarian ice cream parlor has an established place in Brooklyn history. The double old-fashioned “Sunday” comes with classic toppings such as whipped cream, hot fudge, butterscotch, walnuts, strawberries, and more. Banana splits, shakes, and floats are also all available.
[6920 Third Ave. between Ovington Avenue and 69th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–3863], www.anopol
This ice cream parlor in Brooklyn’s Chinatown specializes in flavors like sesame, lychee, taro, and green tea. Daring diners can opt for durian, which is notorious as the only food Andrew Zimmern, host of TV’s “Bizarre Foods,” truly hates.
[6410 8th Ave at 64th Street in Sunset Park, (718) 765–1668, www.facebo
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