We finally made it. Goodbye freezing temps and hibernation patterns, hello sunshine and minimal clothing. While we rejoice now, it’s only a matter of time before us New Yorkers are suffocated by humidity and in desperate need of a cooling off. Here are a few of our favorite icy treats that can get us through any heat wave:
1. Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Company, Union Square
Chloe’s is the perfect answer to the “I’m going to be healthy today, but I really just want a giant ice cream cone” stream of thought. What makes Chloe’s the ideal frozen compromise are the three main ingredients that they use to make their soft serve: fruit, water and a TOUCH of cane sugar – so it’s like you’re basically partaking in a juice cleanse (right??). Even though we’ve touched on this “healthy” tidbit, our favorite Chloe’s creations are those topped with peanut butter drizzle, cacao nibs, and sprinkles so…you do you.
2. Morganstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Lower East Side
You may have to go at wacky times to avoid the crowds, but Morganstern’s has become quite the institution and it’s because the ice cream is damn good. When we checked it out, we were lucky enough to try their seasonal AVOCADO TOAST ICE CREAM…just use your imagination. It may sound a little weird, but it was salty sweet perfection. Of course we also tasted a variety of their ice cream flavors. Ultimately, we landed on tahitian vanilla topped with salted caramel. YUM.
3. Melt Bakery, Lower East Side (Pop-ups @ Madison Sq. Eats & The High Line)
We’ve covered semi-healthy fruity treats, the small neighborhood ice cream shop, but now it’s time to talk about the adult chipwich. There’s nothing wrong with the original chocolate-chip chipwich from the ice cream truck, but Melt Bakery’s variety of cookie and ice cream creations make for a truly unique and decadent experience — plus, you don’t have to beg your mom for money and run rampantly down the street chasing a creepy old man in a giant pink truck (#endrant).
We’ve tasted many-a-flavors, but the most recent one we’ve had was the “Lumberjack,” which consisted of oatmeal bacon cookies and maple ice cream (pictured above). And it was probably equally as tasty as the most handsome mountain man on the planet. Our only piece of advice for enjoying this at maximum capacity is to chill out for a minute or two (maybe take a picture) before eating it so it actually melts a little bit. Softer cookie. Easier to bite. Son of a ‘wich it is tasty.