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You'll Love These Top 10 Milkshakes in New York City

Satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in one of these delicious milkshakes in NYC.

A chocolate milkshake can turn any day into an extraordinary day, especially if it comes from one of these restaurants serving up the best milkshakes in NYC. The milkshakes on the menu at the locations below are far from ordinary, bursting with rich flavors, and perfectly creamed for your stomach’s sweet-craving appetite. Whether you want strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, or something a little bit more wild (like a milkshake with a slice of cake on top!), you'll find them at these amazing burger joints and dessert hotspots. Try one, try two, or try them all. (Let’s be real, you’re going to want to try them all.)

The 10 Best Milkshakes in NYC

1. Black Tap (Midtown & Soho)

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Restaurants are open for indoor dining and to-go orders. The Soho location offers select CrazyShakes to go.

Black Tap has a top-notch menu of classic shakes, including Black Cherry, Nutella, and Caramel…but it’s the CrazyShakes that will blow your culinary mind! Going for $15-$20 a pop, these enormous treats are decadently covered in candies, cookies, and baked goods galore. The Cotton Candy Strawberry Shake is a favorite thanks to its vanilla-frosted rim, pearl chocolates, lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream, and cotton candy toppings. If you’re craving something a little more on the savory side, the Sweet 'N' Salty has got you covered. 

529 Broome St., Soho; 917-639-3089 • 136 W. 55th St., Midtown; 212-315-4356 • Singles & Doubles, 45 W. 35th St., Midtown; 646-943-5135

2. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)

Outdoor seating and take-out orders only.

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, a throwback soda parlor, is the total package. It’s a quaint, vintage atmosphere with a menu chock-full of sundaes with names like Mr. Potato Head, a surprisingly long list of ice cream floats, and killer shakes. You can play fast and loose with your milkshake order (think of this as a bar for non-alcoholic beverages), but if you order off the menu, go for the classic black and white with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Or take a step out and get the Rocket, which is a vanilla and a shot of espresso for a boost of energy (go figure!). 

513 Henry St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260

3. Bill’s Bar & Burger (Midtown West & FiDi)

Bill's Bar & Burger milkshakes

Both locations are open for indoor dining and to-go orders.

Conveniently located at Rockefeller Center, Bill’s Bar & Burger has the classic burger-and-shake combo covered. Bill’s offers three tiers of milkshakes: Classics, Signatures, and Monsters. Classic flavors are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, while Signatures include Cookies & Dream and s’mores-y Campfire. But the standout option is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb. It’s blended with Reese’s Pieces, salted peanuts, chocolate sauce, and peanut butter cups. We’ll see you there! 

16 W. 51st St.,Rockefeller Center; 212-705-8510 • 85 West St., Financial District; 212-894-3800

4. Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. (Williamsburg & Dumbo, Brooklyn)

Both locations are open.

If you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, stop by Oddfellows for an odd-in-a-good-way milkshake. One example of an old item is their White Russian shake with milk-flavored sherbet topped with Kahlua syrup and whipped cream with coffee soil top, for example (yes, please). You could also use their small-batch flavors like buttermilk honey blueberry or extra virgin olive oil as your base. Whatever your palate, we’d recommend you go flexible, as their available flavors can change on a daily and even hourly basis.

40 River St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-4676 • 44 Water St., Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-683-5755

5. Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side)

Open for indoor dining and to-go orders.

Malted milkshakes make us think of the 1950s, soda shops, and sock hops. Come get a taste of the past at Lexington Candy Shop, which serves malted milkshakes sure to satisfy your craving for nostalgia. Malted milkshakes are made with malted milk powder, a slightly savory mixture of milk, barley, and wheat in powder form. Try chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry—and/or Lexington Candy Shop’s ever-changing flavor of the month! 

1226 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side; 212-288-0057

6. Milk Bar (Nomad and 7 other locations)  

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All Milk Bar locations listed below are open.

Known for its sweet treats and unique recipes, Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar definitely makes our list of best milkshakes in NYC. Specifically, the Crunch Cereal Shake is one for the books. This Crunchy Cereal Milk Shake is blended with cornflakes to create a smooth yet crunchy texture that tastes like you’re slurping down the leftover milk in your morning breakfast bowl. The Birthday Cake Shake takes a similar approach, consisting of Cereal Milk Shake with birthday truffles blended in. 

Flagship: 1196 Broadway, Nomad; 347-974-4975. Visit the website for more locations.

7. Taiyaki NYC (Chinatown)

Open for outdoor dining and curbside pickup.

What's better than a milkshake? A milkshake that comes with a souvenir pool float inspired drink holder! All of Taiyaki NYC ice cream is made in small-churned batches to preserve taste and the flavors are definitely delicious. Shakes can be made using any flavor of ice cream served, but we suggest matcha! 

119 Baxter St., Chinatown; 212-966-2882 • 294 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 917-909-1856 • 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing, Queens; 917-826-7821

8. Harlem Shake (Harlem & Park Slope, Brooklyn)

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Open for delivery, indoor dining, and takeout.

There are quite a few milkshakes to try at Harlem Shake (Black and White, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Cookies and Cream…just to name a few), but it’s the namesake menu option that tops the list. The Harlem Shake is a red velvet flavored creation, and it’s every bit as delicious as you would dare to imagine. Bonus: Both locations have a charming vintage feel, transporting you back in time (even if for a few hours).

100 W. 124th St., Harlem; 212-222-8300 • 119 5th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 877-717-4253

9. Bareburger (Midtown East and 15 other locations across NYC)

Bareburger milkshake nyc

Open for indoor dining, pickup, and delivery.

Bareburger sources all of its ice cream from Blue Marble, the only certified-organic creamery that’s local to NYC—and trust us when we say you can taste the difference. The Banana Foster is a favorite, made with vanilla ice cream, banana, and caramel sauce. Also popular among New Yorkers is the Mexican Chocolate, made with chocolate ice cream, cayenne, cinnamon, and torched marshmallow. There are also vegan options available, which are made with hemp milk and coconut ice cream. 

514 Third Ave., Midtown East; 212-679-2273. Visit the website for more locations.

10. Van Leeuwen (East Village)

Open for walk-in services and delivery.

As far as we’re concerned, Van Leeuwen serves the best ice cream in the city (fighting words, we know). Their milkshakes pass with flying colors as well, since they’re made with small-batch artisanal ice cream. You can try flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Sicilian Pistachio, or Salted Caramel. Van Leeuwen’s vegan, coconut-based ice cream is spectacular as well—ask for one scoop of vegan dark chocolate and one scoop of vegan peanut butter chocolate chip in your shake, and thank us later. Or wake up with an affogato: vanilla ice cream blended with plenty of chilled espresso. 

48½ E. 7th St., East Village; 646-476-3865. Visit the website for more locations.

—Additional reporting by Merrill Lee Girardeau, Samantha Aronson, and Patrick Gunn.

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