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Forget the cone or cup. We think the best way to enjoy an ice cream this summer  is sandwiched between two delicious cookies or pieces of cake. We hate to say it, but some of these local versions of the classic ice cream sandwich even give our beloved Chipwich a run for its money.

Melt Bakery
Julian Plyter, former pastry chef at the Crosby Street Hotel, makes both traditional ice cream sandwiches as well as more unusual combinations like the “Thai Fighter,” with curried coconut cookies and chocolate chili ice cream.  Find them at Hester Street Fair every Saturday or at the main entrance of the High Line (Gansevoort and Washington Streets.) every Friday to Sunday. If that’s not enough, Melt is opening a storefront on Orchard Street in a few weeks. ($4, meltbakery.com)

Jacques Torres
New York’s king of chocolate has also cornered the ice cream sandwich market. His sammies — available at all Jacques Torres locations — are simple, with ever-changing ice cream flavors (we recently spotted vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, caramel and Wicked chocolate ) sandwiched between a pair of Torres’ signature chocolate-chip cookies, with big chunks of dark chocolate. ($5.50, mrchocolate.com for locations)

Ronnybrook Milk Bar
At Chelsea Market, all the food is worth trying, and custom ice cream sandwiches from Ronnybrook are no exception. Choose between three types of cookies — chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and double-chocolate — and one of Ronnybrook's many ice cream flavors such as  cinnamon, hazelnut and coconut-almond. ($3.75, Ronnybrook.com)

Coolhaus
In a city in love with food trucks, it’s no surprise that we have our own gourmet ice cream sandwich truck this summer. If you didn’t guess from the name (a play on Dutch architect Rem Koolhaus), the theme is architecture. Sandwiches are named for industry stars -- a Richard Meier is Meyer lemon peel ice cream sandwiched between two ginger cookies; and a Frank Gehry consists of two snickerdoodle cookies and strawberry ice cream. You can also make your own combos. Cookie options range from red velvet to double chocolate to vegan chocolate chip, and ice cream flavors include dirty mint and candied bacon. ($5, eatcoolhaus.com for truck stops)

The Meatball Shop
It’s not just the savory sandwiches that are a hit here. The customizable ice cream sandwiches get raves, too. Right now, there are several cookies to choose from and a daily rotating special (feel free to mismatch the top and bottom cookies), plus ice cream flavors such as strawberry (a seasonal special), mint, chocolate, espresso, vanilla and a daily rotating special. The LES location sells them and the soon-to-open Williamsburg locale will too. ($4, themeatballshop.com)

Otto
Mario Batali’s bustling pizzeria does their ice cream sandwiches with an Italian spin — with gelato instead of ice cream and housemade brioche instead of cookies. You can order any one of their homemade gelato flavors — including creme fraiche, olive oil and stracciatella.  ($4, $5 with nutella, ottopizzeria.com)

Ardesia
At this Hell's Kitchen wine bar, the ice cream sandwiches are made with dense chocolate cake and a variety of ice cream flavors. Each sandwich is individually wrapped with paper and stamped with their flavor. ($5, Ardesia-ny.com)

David Burke Kitchen
If you order the Sweet Treats plate at this restaurant at the James Hotel, you’ll get Burke’s signature mini doughnuts and three mini ice cream sandwiches. The sandwich flavors change weekly, with combinations such as popcorn ice cream and corn shortbread, salted caramel ice cream with vanilla cookies, and raspberry-beet ice cream with chocolate shortbread. ($10, davidburkekitchen.com)

Colicchio and Sons
Inspired by classic desserts, pastry chef Stephen Collucci's creations include strawberry cream cheese ice cream sanwiched between graham cookies and chocolate whoopie pies filled with vanilla and chocolate ice cream. ($8 for 3, colicchioandsons.com)

Max Brenner
The bald man has his very own ice cream sandwich experience designed with chocoholics in mind. The "00 Percent Pure Chocolate Chocolate Experience Ice Cream Max-Wich features dark chocolate truffle ice cream with chocolate chunks sandwiched between chocolate cookies and drizzled with pure chocolate. Not enough chocolate? It's served with pure dark chocolate ganache for dipping. ($10.95, maxbrenner.com)

 

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