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5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC

June 26, 2018 - by Samantha Aronson
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For unique ice cream, New York City is hard to beat. From unicorn ice cream to ice cream cake sandwiches, innovations are everywhere in the city's dessert scene. Read on for our picks for the best of unique ice cream shops in New York City.

5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Chinatown

Taiyaki NYC Unicorn Ice Cream

If you love soft-serve, try out Taiyaki NYC! This Chinatown destination mixes classic soft serve flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, black sesame, and matcha) with a traditional Japanese treat known as taiyaki. A fish-shaped waffle filled with red bean paste is what makes up this sweet pastry and it is just out of this world. To get the full Taiyaki experience, order the Unicorn. It's a blend of vanilla and strawberry soft serve, topped with marshmallow unicorn decals, and served in the traditional taiyaki cone. (Don’t feel constricted by the pre-set flavors. You can order the unicorn with black sesame ice cream for an even more bespoke experience.) 119 Baxter St., 212-966-2882,

5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Lower East Side

Wowfull's Ice Cream with Egg-based Waffle

Another waffle-based treat that is worth a trip is Wowfulls. This Instagrammable shop uses a Hong Kong-style egg waffle base that comes in regular or chocolate. Add a scoop of ice cream doused in toppings and you've got a jraw-dropping explosion of flavor. A brick and mortar spot can be found on the Lower East Side and they're also at the weekly Brooklyn food fair Smorgasbord. 309 E. Houston St., 646-639-9988,

5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC: East Village

10 Below has a unique take on ice cream. Not only do they handcraft each of their ice creams in front of you, but they also roll it to on the spot to create a new texturized experience. The result is lighter and creamier than most frozen desserts around. To get the full 10 Below vibe try their innovative black rose tacoyou'll find it at their storefront location in the East Village. 42 1/2 St. Marks Pl.,

5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Times Square

Amorino's Rose Shaped Gelato
If sometimes ice cream imitates art, Amorino’s desserts are masterpieces. Each Amorino’s cone is crafted out of the finest gelato to create a stunning rose shape. What could be better than that? Maybe that each one comes with the option to be topped off with a macaron! With eight macaron flavors and 26 gelato flavors, the combinations are endless. We recommend the Stracciatella (a milk ice cream base with chocolate shavings) and Sorbet al Cioccolato Bio (chocolate) with Macaron Cioccolato Amorino (chocolate macaron) for a decadent experience. 721 Eighth Ave., 212-445-0101,

5 Unique Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Meatpacking District

If you're a fan of ice cream sandwiches, Sherry B Desserts is a must-stop destination. Sherry B Desserts features ice cream sandwiches customized to your liking with a delicious array of cookies to choose from. Don’t like cookies? No problem! They have a freezer section filled with pre-packaged sandwiches that use cake as a base instead. The selection is outstanding, and the best part is that they will deliver them around NYC or even ship them outside of the city. Try their Fluffernutter Sandwich (chunky peanut butter, sweet marshmallow ice cream, and decadent banana bread cake) for the best peanut butter sandwich ever. 643 Hudson St., 646-850-0170,

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