Top 3 Ice Cream Shops in New York City

1. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Located on the DUMBO waterfront overlooking Manhattan’s skyline, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (which is located in an old boat post), is without a doubt the perfect first stop to visit. Sticking to traditional roots, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory’s menu is simple and traditional, with the menu consisting of flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

brooklyn ice cream factoryIn terms of price, scoops range from $4 to $7 and in addition to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, this establishment only accepts cash. Inside seating is limited, but many visitors tend to take a stroll in the Brooklyn Bridge Park while enjoying the stunning Manhattan skyline.

This ice cream shop’s location is quite convenient from any midtown or even other Brooklyn based locations. To get to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, take the A or C trains to High Street or the F train to York Street for the DUMBO location (open daily from noon to 10pm), and the G train to Greenpoint Avenue for the Greenpoint location.

If DUMBO is not the most convenient location for you, be sure to visit either the Brooklyn Heights or Greenpoint locations to try some of the delicious, all-American flavors at this parlor.

2. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Unlike many other traditional ice cream shops or parlors in the New York City area, The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s staple flavors include everything from egg custard to pineapple. Unique in nature, this ice cream shop perfectly combines the delicious flavors of both Chinese and American flavors in order to create an interesting culinary mix.

Chinatown Ice Cream is constantly producing new flavors, and most of the time customers can purchase an ice cream cake for any type of party or celebratory occasion. One scoop is roughly $4, but with all of these unique flavors, you may want to spend the extra cash for a bigger cone.

Located at 65 Bayard Street, this factory is open every day of the week from 11am to 10pm and can be accessed by the Canal Street subway station. This convenient location allows visitors to find this shop relatively easy. Please bear in mind that the lines can be quite long, so call ahead of time to see if you can grab a scoop. As the ice cream shop is quite small, be sure to grab a scoop and explore the culturally rich neighborhood known as Chinatown.

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3. OddFellows Ice Cream Company

For a distinctive menu and a touch of old-fashioned Americana, look no further than OddFellows Ice Cream Company. Some delicious flavors specific to this location include the beet pistachio honey goat cheese, miso butterscotch cherry ice cream, and a PB & J with a slight toast flavor.

To unleash your more adventurous side, be sure to try the cinnamon blackberry and pink lemonade flavors which are offered on a rotating basis. An absolute must is to try their homemade waffle cones!