Why We Moved to Brooklyn, NY for its Ice Cream (Among Other Things)
Here’s the Scoop on the Best Ice Cream in Brooklyn
There are plenty of reasons why millennials are moving to Brooklyn in serious numbers. More affordable than Manhattan, Brooklyn is attractive to young working professionals for its plethora of shopping opportunities, music venues, artisan restaurants, and charming tree-lined residential streets. From Williamsburg to Bushwick, there’s never a dull moment. Check out our listings page for Brooklyn to find hot housing in trending neighborhoods.
What’s more, Brooklyn has a large variety of homemade ice cream shops that will satisfy your sugar craving and spark a sense of nostalgia for the good old days when ice cream was a mere 25 cents. Check out these top five ice cream spots in Brooklyn, and get ready to relocate to your new city very, very soon.
Ample Hills Creamery
Ample Hills has been a Brooklyn staple since 2011, with locally sourced ingredients and crazy flavors like “Miss Piggy,” which has strawberries and bacon bits swirled through the vanilla.
Edible Brooklyn called this ice cream parlor a “museum of ice cream artistry,” often with 24 homemade flavors to choose from. Nestled in an old corner store in Prospect Heights, this is the perfect spot to hit up after enjoying a warm summer day at Prospect Park.
Malai Ice Cream
If you are looking for unique flavors that somehow evoke warm feelings despite being intrinsically cold, look no further than Malai Ice Cream. Find Malai at various outdoor markets in Brooklyn, including Smorgasborg, in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays.
The brains behind the ice cream, Pooja, combines traditional Indian spices with the sweet yet versatile base of ice cream to make nontraditional flavors like turmeric spiced with ginger and orange fennel. Check out the write up in Forking Tasty to get your mouth watering even more.
Van Leeuwen is your one-stop ice cream shop, whether you are looking for a sweet vegan treat or a dairy delight. With multiple locations in both Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill) and Manhattan, you’ll never be at a loss for a tasty treat.
Check out Tina Eats, a NYC food blogger who eats ice cream just about every day, for colorful posts from Van Leeuwen that will have you drooling.
Davey’s Ice Cream
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Davey’s is a colorful treat that incorporates some eye candy to boot. From the outside, Davey’s looks like the old-time ice cream shop that your grandparents would have gone to as kids.
On the inside however, you’ll find fresh flavors that source ingredients from other local businesses, and all of the ice cream is made right there in the store. Simple flavors like “cookies and cream” and “fresh strawberry” will have you feeling like you’ve gone back in time. The Village Voice named Davey’s the best NYC ice cream shop in 2014. Don’t forget to hit up Davey’s for your next birthday party or celebration as they also sell ice cream cakes.
Odd Fellows Ice Cream
Odd Fellows takes the cake (or should we say “takes the cone”) for novelty ice cream flavors in Brooklyn. Expect flavors that include ingredients like chorizo and even scallions. Despite the strange ingredients, the ice cream is all homemade and definitely delicious.
Lucky Peach has posted some of the tastiest flavor recipes, so after you check out the shop in Williamsburg, you can make that delicious baked bean ice cream right from your home.
The Perfect Ice Cream Cone in Brooklyn Is Just a Lick Away
If you aren’t moving to Brooklyn for the world class art scene, the amazing shopping, or the hopping nightlife, then definitely move here for the ice cream. On par with the rest of the food scene in Brooklyn, the ice cream scene doesn’t disappoint.
Enjoy the sprinkles, the homemade waffle cones, and the photogenic scoops right from the comfort of your borough. Bon apetit!