Top Ice Cream Spots in NYC | Eating With Jenn

I’m the type of person who loves eating ice cream, especially in the cold (cause it doesn’t turn into soup in .5 seconds), so I decided to share some of the top ice cream spots in Manhattan, NYC that I’ve tried and loved.



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In case you were wondering, the photo above was shot in Palm Springs and I also featured it in my Top Instagram Worthy Spots in Palm Springs post (yeah, you’re not crazy). It was taken in the Ice Cream & Shoppe and I had Cappuccino Crunch and Coachella Valley Date (yum!). Now to share with you locally, here are some totally awesome, and tasty, spots in NYC for you to enjoy!

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

The ice cream is so smooth and delicious. They offer unique flavors and the best part? If you’re looking for vegan ice cream, this is your go-to! They’re vegan ice cream is so bomb to the point where if you blind folded me and gave me a taste test, I probably can’t even taste the difference!


Popbar has amazing gelato and sorbet pops, but their latest creation (as of last year) is the Popwich! Taking a modern twist on the classic ice cream sandwich through their DIY process of customizing your own pop. Definitely need to try this place out!

Soft Swerve

Soft Swerve ice cream

Most notably known for the ube soft serve, Soft Swerve is one of the best soft serve spots you can find hands down! They usually have 3 standalone flavors and some swirl options. My favorite is the black sesame, with a close second at matcha.


Wowfulls ice cream and hong kong waffle pancakes

This Hong Kong styled dessert has spread wildly: HK waffle pancakes and ice cream. Wowfulls does an amazing job of providing crispy waffles and just the right about of ice cream to match. I first discovered them at Smorgasburg and then shortly after met the owner. Super sweet and down to earth. Be sure to show them some love! They recently opened a permanent location.

Milk and Cream Cereal Bar

Milk and Cream Cereal Bar ice cream

This spot is the cutest becomes it takes a whole new spin on cereal by turning it into soft serve! You can definitely find unique flavors here by creating your own beloved cereal into a new frosty treat or going for their pre-made recipes of perfection. Not many do this, especially in Manhattan. Another classic favorite is Kith Treats in Brooklyn, which is the OG on the cereal + ice cream idea.

Cafe Zaiya

Cafe Zaiya soft serve ice cream

If you’re looking for simple soft serve ice cream of matcha or black sesame, you’ve come to the right place! This hidden gem serves a whole lotta ice cream with delicious flavor. This is one of my other favorite soft serve spots just because of the high quantity and top quality taste.

Hope you enjoy this quick round up of NYC ice cream spots!

with love jenn hanft

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  • Bernice
    April 9, 2018

    Whhhhhat?!? I feel like the US takes dessert on a whole other level. They all look so good!

  • Carolyn
    April 9, 2018

    I love ice cream! I’ve only been to NYC twice and I haven’t tried any ice cream there. These places look amazing! Next time I go I’ll have to hit one up.

  • Stephanie
    April 9, 2018

    Soft Swerve is speaking my language! I’m a soft-serve ice cream fanatic haha! I gotta visit NY so you can take me to all these spots 😉

  • Oh my gosh, I need to eat at like all of these ice cream places! Soft Swerve looks like it would be my first stop, I am going to make sure to keep this list!

  • Nicole
    April 9, 2018

    I love a good soft serve!! I just had ice cream cake from DQ tonight, lol!!

  • Nailil
    April 9, 2018

    I just came back from NYC and it was too cold for ice cream. But I’m already planning to go back and hopefully then I can check out some of these.
    Xx, Nailil

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Awww hope you get to enjoy it next time you’re here!

  • Jessica
    April 9, 2018

    Ice cream in the cold months, YES! Loe my Talenti ice cream best! xo, Jessica

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Isn’t it the best?! I need to try Talenti.

  • Kileen
    April 10, 2018

    Okay, I am loving this post. This looks soooo yummy. Definitely saving this for future reference!

    cute & little

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Yay hope you enjoy the places you visit ^_^

  • sharon wu
    April 10, 2018

    Omg all this ice cream has me drooling! I can’t wait to check out some of these spots when I’m in NYC this week! 😀 SEE YOU SOOONNNN!

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Too bad we didn’t visit any of these, but definitely next time hehe 🙂

  • Deborah
    April 10, 2018

    Yay! I love ice cream too, though I am cutting dairy out of my diet for a few months so this post has me craving it all the more! I feel like NYC has so many better ice cream options than in DC!

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Van Leeuwen has the best vegan options!!!!

  • the eye traveler
    April 10, 2018

    I’m such an ice cream fanatic and nyc has so many places, some of my favorites are listed here too! Can’t wait to wear cute dresses and go crazy on ice cream!

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      OMG yes! Love the warmer weather. Bring on more ice cream dates!

  • Miki
    April 10, 2018

    OMG my favourite food! I am headed to NYC end of month and when I go back I always try to find good dessert. I’ll have to check some of these out. Thanks for sharing! These photos are amazing.


    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      Aww hope you enjoy the dessert spots here! xx

  • Denise Kokinis
    April 11, 2018

    OMG yessss I love a good ice cream spot! My friend will be so excited to see this one, as she loves desserts! So many good options!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • KatWalkSF
    April 11, 2018

    Love this! Saving it for my next trip to NY!

  • Nicole Flint
    April 12, 2018

    I’ve been the Milk and Cream on my last trip to NYC and I fell in love!! I love your outfit!

  • Christina
    April 14, 2018

    Oh wow! Ice cream that looks beautiful too!

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      That’s the best! Beautiful and delicious HAHA

  • Shopdealman
    April 29, 2018

    Some of my favorites include the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Both these ice cream spots are incredible in different ways. Located in Dumbo, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory has delicious ice cream with traditional flavors varying from chocolate sundaes to summer themed fruit flavored treats such as strawberry.

    • Jenn Hanft
      April 29, 2018

      I’ve been to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory before but never the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Definitely need to take a visit 🙂

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