Maybe you’re feeling nostalgic — or maybe you’re just sweating through your suit. Either way, don’t let a craving for an ice cold treat on a super hot city day go unanswered. We’re scoped out New York’s best ice cream sandwiches. You may no longer be enjoying this childhood classic at summer camp, but it tastes just as good — actually, it tastes better — when popular NYC chefs put their own spin on the dessert delight.
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Francois Payard Patisserie
1293 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10021
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Macarons are the signature item at Francois Payard’s Upper East Side sweet shop, and for summertime, the famed French chef is taking things to a new level. Chef Payard says his creation, the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich, is a combination of cultures — America, known for its ice cream, and France, known for the macaron, come together in fun flavors like raspberry pistachio, strawberry cheesecake and coconut mango. But this is also a treat you can make at home: Chef Payard even stopped by WCBS-TV last year to show us how.
11 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
This iconic New York City bakery has just opened a new pop-up location at South Street Seaport. In addition to offering Magnolia’s classic desserts — from red velvet cupcakes to banana pudding — the store credited with launching the cupcake craze now also sells a new line of handmade ice cream sandwiches. Flavor choices include brownie, blondie, lemon cookie, magic bar or red velvet whoopie ice cream sandwiches — and all are made with Ronnybrook Farm’s vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
Milk & Cookies
19 Commerce St.
New York, NY 10014
Milk & Cookies continuously tops “best cookie” rankings in New York City, and when they join forces with il laboratorio del gelato to create cookie-gelato concoctions, there’s no stopping the sweetness. With flavor combinations like peanut butter & strawberry, peanut butter & chocolate and M&Ms with vanilla ice cream, there are more than enough reasons to stop by this West Village bake shop.
350 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
Is there any kind of sweet stuff that Jacques Torres doesn’t do right? From fudge to frozen hot chocolate, you can’t go wrong when you swing by this city institution. One of the pricier items on this list, the ice cream sandwiches at Jacque Torres will set you back more than a 5 spot — but for a heat wave indulgence, this will be well worth it. The handcrafted cold stuff is known as some of the city’s finest, most natural ice cream. And when it’s sandwiched between the chocolatier’s famously gooey, crumbly cookie…well, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Jacques Torres Chocolate has locations on Amsterdam Ave, and in Brooklyn (62 Water Street), Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave) and 30 Rock.
706 Ninth Ave.
For those not looking to leave any calorie uneaten, this joint is for you. Holey Cream is a tiny place that Paula Deen would love. What’s more, they have perfected the doughnut ice cream sandwich. Customers pick icing flavors (chocolate or vanilla) and add up to three flavors of ice cream. Favorite flavors include dulce de leche, red velvet and coffee mud pie. And don’t forget the gummy bear topping.
The Meatball Shop is known for their customizable sammies. When it comes to meat, have things exactly the way you want them: ‘balls made from your choice of beef, pork, chicken, vegetable, or whatever the special of the day is (a recent special: jerk chicken, habanero pepper, all spice with mango chutney) topped with your choice of tomato, spicy meat sauce, mushroom gravy, Parmesan cream, or pesto. But forget dessert, which is just as customizable: pick two cookies, mix and match encouraged, and choose your ice cream flavor to smush into the center for an incredible ice cream sandwich.
Food truck favorite Sweetery NYC prides itself on being a mobile bakery, but you’ll want to stop by for the ice cream sandwiches. They come in a variety of delicious combinations like snickerdoodle cookies stuffed with cinnamon ice cream. To find the truck around town, check their Twitter @SweeteryNYC.
Another favorite from the street food scene is CoolHaus. Imported from the West Coast, the ice cream sandwich experts burst onto the scene to bring us make-your-own dessert sammies in some ridiculous flavors. Among your cookie options can be potato chip, double chocolate chip, or s’more, while ice cream flavors can range from coffee Oreo to Beer & Pretzel. To find their trucks, check their Twitter @CoolHausNY.