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nyc ice cream strictly speaking

alright, I've been to a few places around town, been here in the digs for awhile, lived in various boroughs. but since last summer when I visited SF and checked out Humphrey Slocombe/Bi-Rite and Smitten for the first time, I have not been satisfied by anything back here in the n.y.c. I won't mention spots that have been tried because if you guys highly recommend it, i will give it another try. so what's the word on your fave ice cream spot here? (Humphrey is my A-list)

Thank you!
p.s., i don't care if it's still cold in April.

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  1. > I won't mention spots that have been tried because if you guys highly recommend it, i will give it another try.

    Huh? This makes no sense. Now I'm not sure what to recommend as I don't know what you have tried already.


    It's more helpful if you can post:
    - where you have already tried
    - what you tried there
    - what you did / didn't like about it

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    1. re: kathryn

      Okay, let me rephrase this. I have lived in nyc for over 20 years. I would like to give the ice cream scene here in nyc a super fresh start. So even if I have been there, I will give it a second try. I want to know what your favorite ice cream place is..that's all.

      1. re: Bologna

        ONLY ice cream or gelato is OK, too? Seems like we're overrun with gelato joints these days.

        What do you like at Humphrey Slocombe and BI-Rite? I know Slocombe has some unusual flavors.

    2. it's outer-borough, but I had a transplendent espresso cookies and cream at Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights the other day.

      1. Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Smooth,creamy, clean flavors -and lots of choices. On Houston Street
        My second choice is on Bleeker Street next to John's Pizza - I always blank as to whether it's called Scoops or Cones, but it has ice cream made in the Argentine fashion,with flavors like dulce de leche .

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        1. re: pammi

          Cones and it is a great shop. seems to be run by a nice father and son, too.

            1. re: pammi

              That's Cones, and they're among my favorites. Their corn ice cream is a classic, but all their traditional flavors and sorbets are good too. Greatly prefer them to those interlopers Grom down the street.

              Oddfellows and Il Laboratorio are both good for fun, funky flavors.

            2. Just sticking to Ice Cream and not gelato ....

              Victory Garden
              Milk Bar
              Van Leeuwen
              ABC Kitchen
              Je & Jo

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Victory Garden isn't ice cream, per se -- it's soft serve made with goat's milk.

                1. re: loratliff

                  No disagreeing here that it's soft serve (so is Milk Bar for that matter) but I consider soft serve ice cream, which is not the same as frozen yogurt.

                  And the fact it's made from goat's milk is neither here nor there (just ask Laloo).

                  I draw the line at gelato, however. That's not ice cream.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    True, but I think the goat's milk gives it a unique flavor that in my mind doesn't make it comparable to Milk Bar or a Mister Softee truck.

                    1. re: loratliff

                      Very few things are comparable to a Mister Softee cone!

                          1. re: Bologna

                            Shake shake has custards, flavors change daily. Check their calendar

                    1. re: silencespeak

                      okay, I know everybody knows this and it was just a typo and all but I'm posting it for out-of-town visitors who might find this thread:

                      It is spelled Bleecker Street


                    2. I didn't like ice cream (not gelato) in NYC in general.
                      That said, I like Van Leeuwen in Manhattan and SkyIce Sweet & Savory in Brooklyn, which use no or less stabilizers.

                      1. Momofuku Milk Bar
                        Sundaes and Cones
                        Shake Shack

                        1. The closest thing NY has to Slocombe, and Bi-Rite would be Odd Fellows, Ample Hill, and Il Laboratorio.

                          When those fail me, Victory Garden and on certain days, Shake Shack, fit the craving.

                          During Summers, several restaurants put out ice cream carts. Cookshop and Artisinal come to mind, if they're still doing it.

                          Then you have AB Giagi, Skyice, and Davey's, Lulu's.

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                          1. re: sugartoof

                            Lula's is incredible!!
                            For the OP note their hours- and call first, they have a casual relationship with time....

                          2. DreamScoops

                            You can now get their creations at Hester St. Fair starting at month's (April) end.

                            1. hey, thank you all! very excited to try the list you've all compiled. so weird how i loved il laboratorio before Humphrey but not after. love how serious we are about our ice cream. cheers.

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                              1. re: Bologna

                                are you sticking to the off the wall flavors at il laboratorio? it helps. cheddar, fig, etc.

                                1. re: sugartoof

                                  the off the wall flavors is what brought me back into the ice cream scene. Peanut butter curry? yumm. salt and pepper? amazeballs.

                                  1. re: Bologna

                                    actually they should make an amazeballs flavor it would be amazing.

                                    1. re: mrnyc

                                      amazeballs flavored ice cream could pair well with harry potter jellybeans

                              2. Forget to add, Nick Morgenstern from Goat Town and El Rey is opening an ice cream shop on Bowery (near Rivington). I think they're slated to open sometime in the next few weeks, but from what he's told me, it sounds like it's going to be Humphrey Slocombe/Bi-Rite-esque.

                                1. so it looks like Oddfellows is my surrogate Humphrey. (tried Cones, Ample, Il Laboratorio). Still would really like to try Victory Gardens...goat milk is enticing.

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                                  1. re: Bologna

                                    Victory Garden's salted caramel is really good.

                                  2. check out this top 5 list! ( i know that the question is..who is judging?)
                                    Happy to say I've tried them all but Morgenstern's, and also wanted to thank you all again for taking the time to recommend...and I've decided Odd Fellows is my Humphrey Slocombe surrogate.