July is National Ice Cream Month, but we think ice cream should be celebrated every day. But regardless, we're here to honor the ever-important holiday.
We've rounded up some of the most unique, clever and confounding ice cream flavors made in New York City, so give your taste buds a rush and challenge yourself with savory, salty or spicy flavors!
Soy Sauce at Chinatown Ice Cream factory
For those who aren’t afraid of a stinky ice cream, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has a durian flavor, made with the smelly fruit native to South Asia. The infamous garbage-smelling fruit makes for a popular flavor, but it may be more for the novelty than enjoyment. New to the store this summer: soy sauce and sriracha flavored scoops!
Salt & Pepper Pinenut at Morganstern's
The savory Salt & Pepper Pinenut is certainly a flavor that makes the new LES ice cream shop Morganstern's differentiate themselves! Other unusual flavors include Szechuan Peppercorn Chocolate and American Egg.
Sriracha Popcorn at Hay Rosie
Brooklyn newcomer Hay Rosie serves a sweet and spicy Sriracha Popcorn scoop that claims to be the ultimate midnight snack (though the scoop shop closes a few hours earlier). Other unique flavors include goat cheese with fennel pollen and sage chocolate chip.
Sweet Potato at Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Il Laboratorio del Gelato also makes a wasabi flavor, if you’d like to compare the heat of these frozen treats. Other unique flavors in their repertoire include sweet potato, pink peppercorn, and cheddar cheese.
Carrot Habanero at Steve's
Steve’s Ice Cream, which is manufactured in Brooklyn and available at local retailers as well as at Smorgasburg, has a new rendition of the green classic: avocado chip. And if you’re in the mood for veggie ice cream: carrot habanero pepper.
The Munchies at Ample Hills
Brooklyn’s Ample Hills serves its salty creation The Munchies to anyone craving pretzel infused ice cream with clusters of potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers and mini M&Ms inside. Put some hot fudge on that and you have a meal.
Lox at Max & Mina's
Flushing’s Max and Mina’s is known of one of NYC’s most eccentric ice cream shops, and their ever-changing list of flavors is sure to shock you. Everything from lox (think smoked salmon spread at your favorite bagel place, but frozen and on a cone), beer and corn on the cob flavors have been scooped out of Max and Mina’s. The restaurant is Kosher and closed on Saturdays.
Cheddar Cheese at Murray's Cheese Bar
For some serious cheese ice cream, head to Murray’s Cheese Bar, which serves scoops of their homemade ice cream created from various flavors of the world’s finest cheeses. Gorgonzola sundae anyone?
Wasabi at Sundaes and Cones
For heat chasers, Sundaes and Cones wasabi flavor is definitely worth a few licks. The old school ice cream parlor also serves ginger, corn and black sesame flavors to give their classic American treats an Asian twist.
Sorrell at The Monarch Room
Meatpacking’s new upscale American eatery The Monarch Room serves an epic sundae with homemade toppings and sauces, but the star is the ice cream. Sorrell, a dark green ice cream gives a fresh, Christmas-y flavor that is almost more refreshing than your typical mint chocolate chip. For more green goodness, opt for the sweet pea ice cream.
Brunch at Davey's Ice Cream
For their first official summer in NYC, Davey’s Ice Cream in the East Village was put on the radar with their Brunch flavor. The popular scoop combines Brioche French toast, cinnamon-maple syrup, and coffee-glazed bacon. Yes, bacon.
Chorizo Caramel Swirl from OddFellows
There’s pretty much nothing typical on OddFellows ice cream menu, but Chorizo Caramel Swirl certainly stands out as one of the odder frozen treat options in NYC. If you’re not up for bits of sausage in your dessert, try their Beet Goat Cheese & Candied Pistachio, a take on the ever-popular beet salad.