Pete Vanleeuwen, his brother Ben, and their partner Laura O’Neill are experts when it comes to the art of creating deliciously thoughtful flavors using simple sustainable ingredients. Their classic and equally-loved vegan scoops range from dark chocolate and Earl Grey tea to their seasonal specials like honeycomb and cherry with caocao nibs. Pick up a cone at one of their three trucks or five storefronts across the city and Brooklyn.
In 2008, Nicholas Morgenstern opened an ice cream cart alongside his restaurant General Greene in – you guessed it – Fort Greene. As word spread, the line grew longer, until Morgenstern’s ice cream parlor was born. Morgenstern has created a nostalgic vibe for his SoHo parlor while the flavors are forward thinking, texture-driven, and distinctive such as the Fernet black walnut, banana curry, or ever popular vanilla bourbon. Sorbet is available as well. The lines tend to be long, but it’s worth the wait.
Founded by Sam Mason, Holiday Kumar, and Mohan Kumar, Oddfellow’s Ice Cream Co. is a small, proudly local, sustainable, and ‘made from scratch’ ice cream company with shops in Williamsburg and the East Village. Usually boasting a line out the door, they feature 8 to 12 flavors a day. Try their signature olive oil scoop or burnt caramel topped with local Mast Brothers Chocolate. Check their website for daily flavor innovations, and feel good for indulging, as they donate a portion of every purchase to the Food Bank for New York City.
With their first spot opened in 2011, Ample Hills Creamery is Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna’s delicious homage to Walt Whitman. They serve classic scoops, but also care for their vegan fans with carefully concocted flavors such as dark chocolate and coconut. Come enjoy a scoop of their signature ‘Sweet as Honey’ with honeycomb candy and sweet cream, on the rooftop patio of their flagship in Prospect heights, a real community hub. They now serve their goodies at five locations located throughout the five boroughs.
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