Kids (and kids at heart) are always beyond appreciative of a decadent ice cream sundae to cool down in the summer heat or to end a meal on the sweetest note. From traditional hot fudge to out-of-the-ordinary toppings, these New York City scoop shops and restaurants are offering the best ice cream sundaes this season. By Sarah Shaker.
Cornbread Sundae, OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
Brooklyn’s Oddfellows is a family-run business founded by husband-and-wife team Mohan and Holiday Kumar, along with co-owner Chef Sam Mason. This super-creative team offers original ice cream flavors, like Chorizo Caramel and Maple-Bacon Pecan, which have begun to attract not just a neighborhood fan base, but a citywide following. The Cornbread Sundae is their newest creation this summer. The down-home concoction features cornbread ice cream with blueberry compote, maple syrup and bacon-scented whipped cream.
S’mores Explosion Sundae, Big Daddy’s
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What says “summer” quite like s’mores? Everyone’s favorite campfire treat comes to life in the form of an iced cold S’more Explosion Sundae at Big Daddy’s. Vanilla ice cream is topped with graham crackers, chocolate chunks, marshmallows, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream to easily enjoy a typically outdoor dessert in the comfort of a kid-friendly New York City diner with three Manhattan locations.
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Sundae, Ample Hills
Ample Hills offers a signature take on the classic banana split in the form of their Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Sundae. A layer of warm homemade dark chocolate fudge brownie or ooey gooey butter cake and a fresh split banana cradles three scoops of ice cream of your choice. Hot fudge, caramel and wet nuts (gooey maple walnuts) are drizzled on top of the ice cream then topped off with dollops of fresh whipped cream and sweetly finished with an all-natural maraschino cherry.
Cherry-Cinnamon Two Scoop Sundae, DBGB Kitchen & Bar
While ice cream sundaes are an All-American delight, this one has a European twist. The Cherry-Cinnamon Two Scoop Sundae at DBGB Kitchen & Bar layers French meringue, caramelized almonds, roasted bing cherries, whipped cream and the deliciously popular speculoos bisquit (spiced cookie spread) for a truly special treat. Their dessert menu also includes two more sundaes, a Meyer Lemon-Pistachio (petite madeleines, meyer lemon confit, pistachio tuile, thyme meringue, whipped cream) and Coffee-Chocolate (brownies, coffee gelee, chocolate sauce, amaretti cookies, whipped cream), making it difficult to choose just one ice cream ending!
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave
Queens, NY 11367
When you enter Eddie’s, on your right is a display case of candy; many of them the kind you got when you were a kid. Flood your senses with nostalgia as you pore over the selection; turn to your left and the original bar with original barstools and even the original cash register are all still there. Though the shop is mostly staffed by young kids, the service is still with a smile, and if you’re nice enough, they might even offer to share their egg cream with you. Every flavor of ice cream is homemade, as is the whipped cream and all of the syrups and toppings. A cup of ice cream will set you back $2.50, but you’ll want to add fudge; it will flow over the sides of your cup, making your sweet treat even better.
Coconut Sundae, Uncle Boons
Uncle Boons, the new authentic Thai restaurant in Nolita, serves a refreshing coconut sundae made with creamy coconut ice cream, topped with a heap of whipped cream and sprinkled with crunchy peanuts and toasted coconut. This sundae is the restaurant’s standalone dessert and serves as the perfect ending to a spicy Thai meal.
Salted Caramel Sundae, ABC Kitchen
The mother of all sweet and savory sundaes can be found at the James Beard award winning ABC Kitchen. The Salted Caramel Sundae piles on candied peanuts and popcorn, fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The gourmet toppings give the smooth ice cream a crunchy texture, making each bite both delicious and fun for any dessert lover.
Skillet Brownie Sundae, Ditch Plains
Ditch Plains whips up rich Skillet Brownie Sundae, as well as Chef Marc Murphy’s take on the classic ice cream sandwich, the Ditch’Wich this summer. For real dessert decadence, the Skillet Brownie Sundae for two comes with a warm brownie, served in a sizzling cast iron skillet, creamy vanilla gelato from il laboratorio del gelato drizzled with homemade dulce de leche and is finished with rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. For a personal-sized sweet, the Ditch’Wich is available in a variety of flavors including original vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, mint chip or dulce de leche.
Doug’s Pecan Pie Sundae, Buttermilk Channel
Buttermilk Channel owner Doug Crowell was inspired by his love for making Thanksgiving desserts for his family when creating this almost pie a la mode sweet treat. Scoops of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream’s vanilla are layered with house-made pie filling composed of a deliciously sticky sauce made of molasses, pecans and bourbon. For those who want a taste of the fall in the summer, this sundae is for you.
Forbidden Broadway Sundae, Serendipity 3
Fans of Serendipity’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate will also go crazy for their Forbidden Broadway Sundae with Chocolate Blackout Cake, ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream. This huge sundae is certainly sharable for 2-4 chocolate addicts armed with long spoons and an appetite.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.