New York’s intense summers can only be beaten by the creative flavors ice cream shops keep churning out to help us cool down. Here are the most exciting flavors we’ve discovered on the East Side.
What’s New: Lemon Shiso Espresso is the minty, refreshing version of coffee ice cream you never thought you wanted, while Buttermilk Balsamic gives your taste buds a surprise with its lovely tartness. Burnt Hazelnut is like a silkier, subtler version of Nutella (with real hazelnuts inside!). And that black ball right there? It’s all playful presentation: a light coconut ice cream infused with ash.
For the month of August, Morgenstern’s is collaborating with top chefs and restaurateurs to create limited edition flavors like Vamos a la Playa, with lime, coconut, and cilantro (chef Carlo Mirarchi) and Irishman’s Peach Cobbler, with yellow peaches and sweet Thai basil (restaurateur Andrew Tarlow).
$4.50 for a single scoop.
Where: Ice & Vice
What’s New: Ice & Vice is constantly experimenting with new, unusual flavors. This summer, the ice cream shop has brought back popular scoops from seasons past, such as the Happy Panda, tasting just like an horchata, made with black rice, coconut cream, and Saigon cinnamon. The American Beauty, a clean crème fraîche flavor swirled with rose petal jam, gets a fun boost from its chewy texture. The Bath Salts flavor is a pine oil and lavender-infused stracciatella mixed with bits of white chocolate; eating it is like walking through a field in Provence.
You can get the scoops on flavored cones by waffle cone-maker The Konery, in variations like salted blue corn with honey and coconut almond macaron.
$4.75 for a single scoop.
Where: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
What’s New: Asian-inspired flavors abound at this local favorite. This season, it introduced the Lychee Rose flavor, with the sweetness of the fruit enhanced by rosewater; and the Green Tea Oreo, reminiscent of a matcha latte with bits of the addictive cookie inside.
$4.65 for a single scoop.
Where: OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
What’s New: The flavors at OddFellows are a delightful twist on convention, like the Olive Oil and Strawberry, with the familiar grassiness of olive oil swirling in your mouth; the Saffron Passion Fruit, tangy and refreshing, with bits of embedded fruit; and the smoky S’mores, reminiscent of bacon in the best way.
$4 for a single scoop.
Where: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
What’s New: Imagine eating an à la mode pie made with mild blueberries. That’s what the Malt With Marionberry Birthday Cake flavor tastes like. Marionberries were first developed by plant breeders at Oregon State University. The berries, along with bits of cake, are speckled throughout an ice cream base that tastes of condensed milk.
$5.50 for a regular scoop (up to two flavors).