We do a lot of celebrating at my house… between birthdays, milestone days at school and the occasional ‘food’ holiday we’re always making a party out of it. We recently celebrated National Ice Cream Day with an ice cream treat and for half-birthday celebrations in our family we also get ice cream. Since it is summer and lots of you are probably having ice cream as treat, here is a list of some of our favorite places to cool off with a creamy treat. Some are more appropriate for the kids while others are clearly skewed towards the grown-ups in our family. With the sunshine out this weekend and the weather back in the 80’s we’ll likely find ourselves out for another sweet treat very soon.
Milk Bar: We frequent Milk Bar for their coffee, cookies and their ice cream. The Cereal Milk Soft Serve is always available, and they have a rotating second flavor. Currently in NYC it is Compost Cookie which has all of the flavors of their cookie with the same name… coffee, pretzels, potato chips, oats & butterscotch. Locations in NYC, LA and in between.
Van Leeuwen: This Brooklyn ice cream shop expanded to my neighborhood a little over a year ago and has been a hit ever since. They specialize in vegan flavors so if that is something that entices you, this is the place to go. Van Leeuwen has some very creative flavors like Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle and Vegan Toasted Coconut Blondie and they also have classics like mint chocolate chip and plain old vanilla. They have locations and trucks all over NYC and LA.
Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck: The local ice cream truck is great for a quick fix if you like chocolate and/or vanilla ice. They’ll even top it with sprinkles if you ask. Trucks are typically in and around New York City.
Screme Gelato: We ended up at this local kosher neighborhood gelato place for National Ice Cream Day. They make their own gelato using the best ingredients around. Their presentation is great with heaps of gelato topped with some of the ingredients. We had cookies n screme which was topped with lots and lots of oreos!
Shake Shack: My kids love their milk shakes and my go-to is a root beer float. The frozen custard at Shake Shack is as good, if not better, than their burgers. Try one of their concretes which is sort of like a Dairy Queen Blizzard but much better. Locations across the country and around the world.
Where do you like to go for ice cream on a warm summer day?