BY: HILARY SHEINBAUM @mustloveicecream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Broadway – and ice cream, of course. While the Theater District is known for its super shows and Times Square is synonymous with lights (and tourists), there’s another sweet treat that has ticket-holders excited about the area – scoop shops and spots with America’s favorite frozen dessert. Even when the city has frigid temperatures, sugar fiends are still in search of a scoop or a shake to solve their cravings. If you find yourself in such a predicament either before or after a show, look no further than these 5 stops that offer everything from cones and cups to sips and sundaes.
Location: 871 7th Avenue (between 56th & 57th Streets)
Hours: Monday – Saturday; 12 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Ice Cream Offering: Molyvos Sundae
The Greek sit-down restaurant specializes in traditional fare as well as honey, fish, cheese and wine (with the largest selection of Greek varieties in the country), but it just might be its best-selling dessert that has diners coming back for more. The Molyvos Sundae combines house-made baklava ice cream, Samos caramel, walnuts and shredded sesame halva inside a traditional Greek crisp phyllo basket. While sharing the 2-lb menu item is suggested, there’s no judgment for taking it on solo.
Location: 136 W. 55th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.)
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Thursday – Saturday; 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Ice Cream Offering: CrazyShake
When Black Tap started making beautiful over-the-top milkshakes, it launched the beer and burger restaurant into social media fame. Years later, lines still form out-the-door (and down the sidewalk) with hungry diners eager to sip the sweet treats — and upload photo evidence to Instagram, of course. We love the Brooklyn Blackout and Bam Bam Shakes based on their names alone.
Location: 200 W. 44th Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.)
Hours: Every day; 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Ice Cream Offering: Sundaes, Cones, Cups, and more…
Truth be told, you can pick up a pint of B&J’s at almost any local grocer or drug store in the city – but if you want a fresh cone, sundae, or to take a spoon to their challenging Vermonster, a trip to one of the NYC locations is in order. The shops have exclusive flavors too, that can’t be picked up in the freezer aisle. In a city of eligible bachelors, this is why Ben & Jerry are still the most sought-after men in Manhattan.
Location: 721 8th Avenue (between 45th & 46th Streets)
Hours: Every day; 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Ice Cream Offering: Gelato, Crepes, Waffles and more….
With three locations in Manhattan, and many more in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia, the Italian gelato brand regularly adds seasonal flavors to its menu (like Exotic Lemongrass), but those specialty scoops aren’t the only items keeping customers coming back. Their signature Amorino roses (petal-shaped gelato in a cone) is the most identifiable — and Instagrammable — treat on their menu. We think every order should include a whole bouquet.
5. The Sugar Factory at The Row Hotel
Location: 700 8th Avenue (between 45th & 46th Streets)
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Ice Cream Offering: Ice Cream Sandwiches
Last, but certainly not least is The Sugary Factory. As the name suggests, this destination is full of sweets, treats, and everything that is going to inspire a full-on sugar coma. They also conveniently serve ice cream – in all sorts of styles including milkshakes, insane shakes, sundaes, insane cones, ice cream and gelato, and ice cream sandwiches. Three sandwiches are menu staples: The Classic (chocolate chip cookies with a choice of vanilla bean of chocolate ice cream, garnished with chocolate chips), Strawberry Rainbow (sugar cookies with strawberry ice cream, garnished with rainbow sprinkles) and The Brownie (vanilla ice cream sandwiched between gooey fudge brownies, rolled in Candied Walnuts and Hot Fudge Sauce). Don’t worry – the ice cream tour doesn’t stop there. You can also order a range of waffles and crepes topped with ice cream, too.
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