Get a Lick of This: The Three Coolest Ice Cream Spots in Brooklyn

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It’s one of those hot, wish-I-could-walk-down-the-street-wearing-nothing kind of days in New York. Not the most pleasant feeling in the world, and yet these sticky, sweaty summer weeks will breeze by, so we say let’s make the best of it. Leaf peeping and apple picking will arrive soon enough, but in the meantime, why not take a refreshing walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and indulge in some sweet frozen goodness?

Whether you like your scoops fruity, vegan, organic, or just plain old-fashion thick and rich, here are three very different places where we love to cool off.

1. Ample Hills Creamery | 305 Nevins St., Gowanus or visit their Brooklyn Bridge Park or Vanderbilt locations |(347) 725-4061 | amplehills.com

Ample Hills makes ice cream the old-fashioned way, slowly and by hand. They start with hormone-free milk and cream from grass-fed cows and add quality ingredients.  Mix-ins, like honeycomb candy and brownies, are made in-house, from scratch. If licking their yummy sweet stuff is not enough, join one of their master classes and learn to make-it-yourself.
Cool off with this:  Try  Snap Mallow Pop, a de-constructed Rice Krispies treat or  The Munchies, a crunchy jumble of pretzels, potato chip, Ritz crackers and M & Ms.
Cost:  Scoops start at  $4.95 for a small.

2. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory | 1 Water Street, Dumbo | 718.246.3963 | brooklynicecreamfactory.com
This is a perfect no frills place for date night and yet it’s almost too romantic. Experience an old-time lick under the carriage house’s red-shelled roof while enjoying the cinematic views of the city skyline.
Cool off with this: Choose from the classic strawberry, vanilla and chocolate egg-free ice creams.
Cost: A cool $4.75 for a scoop.

3. Blue Marble |186 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights|718.399.6926| bluemarbleicecream.com
Head into this native Brooklyn joint for fresh organic flavors and uber sustainable business practices such as their biodegradable bowls. Their delightful seasonal flavors are sure to keep you coming back for as long as the heat lasts—or at least until you’ve tried each and every kind… at least three times.
Cool off with this: The Mexican Chocolate is the perfect mix of spicy cinnamon and deep chocolate with crunchy chocolate chunks and almonds for texture.
Cost: A cool $5 for a scoop.

How to get there: Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, grab a CitiBike or take the good ‘ol New York City subway.

Photos: roboppy

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  • Great list! My daughter may be moving to NYC so this blog will be a great source as she adjusts to the city.

    — Dan
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  • Vanina

    yumYUMyum! i think i’ll have an order of that lavender ice cream from trois pommes patisserie…and yet another reason to visit New York!

  • Jim S.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Just the image of that ice cream cone and the multiple descriptions make me feel better in this heat. I’ll be trying two of these places in the next couple of days. And thank you thank you again.

  • chermelle

    @dan & vanina – we’re glad to be a resource for existing and future new yorkers.
    @jim – you’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome! One of these spots is so close to me, I’ve become a regular.