8 new ice creams for the dog days of summer (including a dog-friendly parlor)
Summer in Brooklyn basically means arguing the merits of Odd Fellows and Ample Hills ice cream. Which has the most creative flavors? Which has the creamiest taste? Which has the best cone? For the record, it’s an official tie. But occasionally, it’s fun to try something new—so here is a round-up of some new places to put on your bucket list. From dog-friendly flavors to boozy milkshakes, there’s an ice cream choice for every occasion.
Creme and Cocoa, 1067 Nostrand Ave. Prospect Lefferts Gardens
This small-batch ice cream creamery in Brooklyn stands out because it specializes in flavors from the Caribbean. They have a long list of flavors including tropical flavors like Island Coconut Ginger, Tres Leches, and Papaya con Maduros. Vegans will be happy with the vegan ice cream choices and sorbet menu ranging from Sorrel Passion Fruit to Tamarind. Looking to celebrate summer? Try the boozy ice cream and sorbet. The founders grew up in the Caribbean and are passionate about sharing their flavors with the borough.
Sky Ice, 437 5th Avenue, Park Slope
If you are in the mood for Asian-inspired ice cream and sorbet flavors, SkyIce 9th St. has got the exotic flavors to fit your palette. They boast over 300 ice cream flavors including Wasabi Peanut Butter, Durian, White Miso Almond, Basil Sage, Black Sesame Seaweed, and Thai Tea, although the flavors change seasonally. “What I still love most is strolling the markets and drawing inspiration from fruits, flowers, vegetables, spices and anything else I can connect within the aisles,” says Sutheera Denprapa, the ice cream designer and co-owner of Sky Ice.
Ollie’s Ice Cream & Stuff, 158 Irving Place, Bushwick
If you’re a dog lover, you might be thrilled to hear that there is finally an ice cream parlor catering to humans and dogs. Not only can dogs go inside but they can actually eat specially made flavors just for them, like Peanut Pumpkin Butt. Finally, they won’t have to wait until your ice cream falls on the floor to eat it. So much more civilized.
Malai, 268 Smith Street
This Smith Street creamery has been garnering fans with global flavors with an unexpected twist. The owner has a great sense of palate and the flavors are unique and rich, but also somehow familiar. Their most popular flavor is Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, but Golden Turmeric, Turkish Coffee or Sweet Corn Saffron might pique your interest.
Brooklyn Shave Ice / Urban Whipped Dessert Lab, at North 3rd Market, Williamsburg
North 3rd Market has transformed into a hotbed of summer treats. First, there is Brooklyn Shave Ice, whose Hawaiian shaved ice desserts are popular at flea markets around the city. Flavors include Pink Lemonade, Blue Hawaiian, and Wild Cherry and mixed all together in a cup that’s bigger than a balloon is a joy to behold. Then there is Urban Whipped Dessert Lab, which is opening soon, and going to serve up vegan dream ice cream—think oat-milk based, vegan soft-serve ice cream with inventive flavors like Coffee Waffle Crunch.
Tipsy Scoop, 270 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg
This spirits-infused, cocktail-inspired ice cream shop has been buzzing customers in Manhattan for years, but has finally come to Brooklyn. This new location continues the tradition of serving boozy ice cream and sorbet to a 21 and up crowd with 5% ABV, but this location will also serve just plain old wine and beer, as well as alcoholic ice cream floats. Sometimes it’s just too hot to even drink a cocktail.
By Chloe, 171 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg
You might already be familiar with the plant-based restaurant mini-chain, by CHLOE, frequented by health-conscious beautiful people. Well, it turns out these people demand ice cream too. They’ve launched vegan Sorbet Push Pops at all locations including luscious sounding flavors like Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada, and Peach Mango.
Although California-based McConnell’s is hardly new (this year marks its 70th anniversary), they are getting on the interesting flavor bandwagon with a few original flavors to seek out in the frozen section. Honey & Cornbread Cookies is made from Santa Barbara honey and mixed with chunks of sweet and salty cornbread cookies; Wild Sweet Clover incorporates a fresh clover extract, and the Olive Oil and Salted Almond is made using a local oil from California’s Central Valley.