Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain - 513 Henry St. between Union St. & Sackett St., Carroll Gardens - Originally a 1920s apothecary, this venue has a vintage vibe with tin ceilings and penny tile flooring. But it’s the ice cream that will make you run here. The Farmacy’s specialty sundaes range from the ‘Twinkly Split,’ two scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice-cream alongside red velvet twinkles, to the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ which consists of vanilla cake soaked in pineapple syrup and topped with coconut ice cream and Li Hing Mu, a salty plum powder. If you want to get really adventurous and go for a *spicy* ice cream treat, try ‘The Devil Outside’ which boasts cayenne pepper on top of chocolate ice cream with warm caramel, crushed pecans and a bed of New
Orleans Mead syrup.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop - 105-29 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills - It doesn’t get more old-fashioned than Eddie’s Sweet Shop. The neighborhood joint is a fan favorite among people of all ages. While an ice cream cone can satisfy your sweet tooth, Eddie’s monstrous sundaes are what brings in people from around the city. Loaded with fresh whipped cream, you can choose from delicious in-house made ice cream, toppings and syrups to perfectly compliment this retro ice cream parlor that is sure to have you missing the good ole days.
Ample Hills Creamery - 623 Vanderbilt Ave b/t Prospect Pl. & St Marks Ave., Prospect Heights or 305 Nevins St., Gowanus - Ample Hills Creamery is unique in that it was the first place to pasteurize the milk, cream, sugar, and eggs together on site in New York City. They make their ice cream from scratch and have a selection of cult classics. The fresh strawberry ice cream is a hit, but there are also some fun choices like the ‘Snap Mallow Pop’ flavor which represents a deconstructed Rice Krispy with marshmallow ice cream. A recommendation? If you are heading over to the shop for date night or with friends, spring for the flight, which is a six mini scoops option, so you can try a little bit of everything.
Jacques Torres Ice Cream - 62 Water St., Dumbo - If an ice cream shop is mentioned on Food Network’s ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate,’ surely that means something. The owner of nine sweets shops, and longtime pastry chef at Le Cirque, Chef Jacques Torres certainly loves dessert. He opened his first ice cream location in Dumbo and it has been a sweet success so far. He understands that New York gets uncomfortably hot during the summertime, so he created an iced tea flavored ice cream. The creamy substance features a dash of earl grey tea and lemon. If you really aren’t craving sugary sweet ice cream, why not try some of the more outlandish flavors as well, such as tomato or olive oil?
Randy’s Ice Cream - Boon Chu Thai Place, 83-18 Broadway, Elmhurst - Be sure not to walk right by this hidden gem while running errands on Broadway. While Randy’s Ice Cream does not have it’s own storefront, it doesn’t mean you can’t stop by its no-frills cart for a good deal on some delightful ice cream. The ice cream is inspired by Thailand. Locals fall for the flavors ranging from vanilla to coconut to red bean and green tea. You can pay $1 for an Italian-ice sized cup of ice cream.