Go ahead, indulge. The weather’s getting warmer and you’re running out of excuses, anyway. Tangier and lighter than that radioactive-colored stuff you got as a kid, today’s FroYo is more sophisticated and flavorful than ever. Grab a spoon and enjoy the healthier way to chill out – these are your best bets for frozen yogurt in New York City. Now, go on – you’re all out of excuses. By Yvo Sin.
With multiple locations across the East Coast, 16 Handles has made an impact on the frozen yogurt scene with its self-serve model. With sixteen kosher-certified flavors and and a ton of toppings to make it your own, there’s hardly a better way to celebrate frozen yogurt month.
427 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Texture is a dividing topic when it comes to frozen yogurt: icy or creamy? Berrywild is all about choice: select your texture (Berry Smooth or Kinda Icy), low-fat or non-fat, even kosher or non-kosher – don’t forget to add some delicious, fresh fruit toppings. Word on the street is that Jorge Posada is a repeat customer at the Kips Bay location.
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Red Mango’s frozen yogurt, slightly tart, slightly sweet, slightly icy, comes as a nice treat on a hot NYC summer day. Topped with just about anything imaginable, they make a good choice for your frozen yogurt needs. Word on the street is that the FroYo go-to is launching a a tribute flavor to viral video favorite, Honey Badger.
The West Coast spot has completed its migration east, and New Yorkers are all the better for it. Pinkberry caught on like wildfire and is probably the most popular FroYo chain in NYC right now. Their fresh fruit toppings are cut daily at each location, or you can indulge in some less calorie-conscious toppings like brownie, cheesecake, or Cap’n Crunch. Check out their lineup of seasonal specials.
öko, a small neighborhood joint in Forest Hills, offers a small respite from the outside stroller-filled sidewalks. Meanwhile, the froyo sweet spot is proving you can be eco-friendly and decadent at the same time. Their containers may look like plastic, but they’re made from corn. The spoons are made from potatoes. But you’re not there to eat the cutlery, so instead indulge in the Greek-style frozen yogurt and top with fresh fruits, nuts, and sweets.
yogomonster, one of the smaller yogurt shop chains, boasts a large variety of flavor combinations, as evidenced by this handy, mouthwatering chart. With so many choices and so many toppings, you could spend the entire National Frozen Yogurt Month here and never get the same thing twice.
Local and organic ingredients are plentiful at yorganic, touting the message that yorganic wants the world a little healthier – and why not? With toppings that are as local and organic as possible, yorganic is an indulgence you can feel good about.
315 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Get some tangy tart yogurt, with all the usual toppings, at a slightly friendlier price than some other high-end vendors. Craving something a little more substantial? Crazy Bananas also serves sandwiches, espresso and fresh pastries from Ceci-Cela Patisserie.
For days when you want cool and creamy with maybe a bit of fruit added in, head to Joyride. They serve up tangy frozen yogurt with the typical sliced fruit like strawberries and kiwi; and sweet treat like cereal and mini chocolate chips toppings. To find their truck, check their Twitter @JoyrideTruck.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.