Not only is it National Ice Cream Month, but 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.
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-Beer Two Scoop Sundae, DBGB Kitchen & Bar
While ice cream sundaes are an All-American delight, this one has a special twist. The Cherry-Beer Two Scoop Sundae (not pictured) at DBGB Kitchen & Bar layers kirsch marshmallow, bing cherry compote, candied almond, whipped cream and the deliciously popular cinnamon shortbread for a truly special treat. Their dessert menu also includes two more sundaes, a Strawberry Cream (strawberry & vanilla ice cream, lady fingers, strawberry coulis, white chocolate cluster, whipped cream) and Chocolate Peanut Butter (candied popcorn, salted caramel sauce, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, toasted peanuts, 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.
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 salted caramel ice cream a crunchy texture, making each bite both delicious and fun for any dessert lover.
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.