Unusual Ice Cream Flavors To Beat The Heat In NYC

Hot summer days practically require sweet, cooling treats, or at least that's our excuse for eating as much ice cream as possible. And we're spoiled at The ANY Magazine, because New York City is an ice cream lover's paradise. While you can always get the best possible plain ol' Vanilla (try Blue Marble!) or chocolate (Davey's!), you can also try unique flavors like Jackfruit from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and Thai Peanut Butter Pretzel from Steve's. Below are some of the most interesting flavors available this summer in NYC. Get licking!

MORGENSTERN'S CARDAMOM LEMON JAM, SZECHUAN PEPPERCORN,  AND BLACK COCONUT ASH 2 RIVINGTON ST

We love the old timey ice-cream parlor feel of Morgenstern's almost as much as we love the actual ice cream. The Black Coconut Ash wins for being the coolest looking ice cream we've ever seen (which isn't a compliment we ever thought we'd be giving). Cardamom Lemon Jam and Szechuan Peppercorn win for being explosions of addictive flavors in our mouths.

 MANILA SOCIAL CLUB'S UBE ICE CREAM 2 HOPE ST

Manila Social Club is a sit down restaurant that serves awesome Filipino food, but their Ube ice cream is where the ultimate deliciousness is at. Come for brunch to get it topped over pancakes, or just order it for dessert- it's not on the menu but they'll do it, and it's worth the ask. Ube, a purple yam, gives the ice cream a sweet, slightly starchy taste that's surprisingly refreshing. Plus, nothing beats the beautiful vibrant purple color it creates. A feast for the eyes and your tastebuds.

 DOMINIQUE ANSEL KITCHEN'S BURRATA ICE CREAM 137 SEVENTH AVE

As if he didn't wreak enough havoc with the cronut (we all did the wait in line), now he's doing Burrata soft serve ice cream. How could your mouth not water at the thought? Each cone is topped with balsamic caramel and micro basil for the perfect balance to the sweet and creamy texture of the ice cream. But note - while you likely won't have to wait in line for this one, it still takes some planning. The soft serve is only available Friday through Sunday 12 -9 PM at a window at the side of the bakery. 

 ICE & VICE'S OPIUM DEN AND AMERICAN BEAUTY 221 EAST BROADWAY

Ice & Vice is the cool kid of ice cream spots. It's all sleek street style, and calls itself "an experimental ice cream shop." And they have ice cream flavors with names like Basic B, described as "Mexican Vanilla, Black Lava Sea Salt," which, let's be real, is anything but basic. Our faves are the delicate American Beauty (Crème fraîche, Rose Petal Jam) and the flavor packed Opium Den (White Sesame, Toasted Poppy Seed, Lemon Bread Crouton) but the flavors change frequently, and they're all so good. Also try one of the Blue Corn or Coconut Almond Macaroon cones to heighten everything. 

 SUNDAES AND CONES'S WASABI ICE CREAM 95 E 10TH ST

While Sundaes and Cones never states it explicitly, they totally have an Asian flavor thing happening. Flavors like Vanilla and Chocolate are served alongside standouts like Black Sesame, Lychee, Red Bean, and my personal favorite, Wasabi. There's nothing like some spicy heat to keep you feeling refreshed!

MIKEY LIKES IT'S JACK & JILL AND BRADY BUNCH 199 AVE A

This tiny, classic looking ice cream parlor serves up flavors that are anything but. Mikey Cole uses pop culture references to name all his creations, which are fun twists on classic flavors. Jack & Jill is a crunchy peanut butter ice cream with strawberry preserve poundcake, and the Brady Bunch is a mash of banana pudding, vienna fingers, and crushed vanilla wafers. Of course Mikey likes it. Who wouldn't?