Celebrating National Ice Cream Day (July 15th)
With National Ice Cream Day approaching on July 15th, find the most delicious ways to celebrate by exploring some of the best ice cream parlors NYC has to offer! From decorated milkshakes to tasty ice cream treats, you’ll return home wishing every day was National Ice Cream Day!
For Ice Cream And A Market: NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard
If you’re looking to go all out for National Ice Cream Day, look no further than the NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard, happening 10am to 5:30pm on Sunday, July 15th. Who doesn’t love a blizzard in mid-July, right?! Artisanal ice cream makers will be there to showcase their concoctions, and you can taste and sample to your heart’s content! After you have a cone in hand, enjoy the market which has over 100 artists, designers, craft-makers, vintage dealers and food vendors. What a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday in the city.
Admission to this event is free, and it’s great to know that 100% of the profits go straight to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. Of course, feel free to generously donate as you wish! Located on West 77th Street, this event is perfect for Upper West Side residents.
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For Fun With The Kids: A La Mode
A La Mode is a throwback to the old-fashioned ice cream parlor right in Midtown East. This mom-and-pop shop offers homemade, small-batch ice cream made in a local factory right in the Bronx…how New York is that?! In addition to the delicious scoops, this place has a lot to offer for families with kids. They host regular kids’s music classes, movie nights, and craft parties in their space (check out their online calendar for dates and times). There’s also plenty of space to sit to enjoy your ice cream in-house, and even a cute boutique selling curated children’s toys. Residents living at The Bamford and The Bristol will love the ease of getting here!
For Creative Ice Cream Flavors: Ample Hills Creamery
A true NYC staple, Ample Hills Creamery was first launched in the Spring of 2011, and has been making a splash in the ice cream scene ever since! They make their ice cream by hand, and feature fabulous and playful flavors such as Salted Crack’d Caramel, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, The Munchies, and Snap Mallow Pop! They offer community events, such as Ice Cream Socials and Postcards and Pints, and have a great event space in Brooklyn that’s available for rent for birthday parties.
Manhattan locations of Ample Hills include the Gotham West Market on the Westside as well as in the Meatpacking District. If you’re looking for one of the best ice cream combos around, we suggest the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake ice cream on their salted pretzel cone…what a perfect combination of salty and sweet!
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For Crazy Shakes: Black Tap Burger
If you’re looking for the most decked out ice cream milkshakes in town, look no further than Black Tap Burger! These guys are famous for their crazy shakes, featuring all kinds of candy and cookies and brownies and adornments mixed in. While the line to get in is known to snake down the block, here’s a little insider’s tip: head there in the afternoon, after the lunch crowd but before dinner (roughly 3pm.) It’s always easy to snag a seat at this time, and you can be sitting with your shake taking selfies for Instagram in no time!