Summer Guide: The Village Voice's Field Guide to Cold Summer Treats

From gelato to affogato to fro-yo&emdash;our recommended frozen fun

Frozen Custard

Though first popularized in Coney Island, frozen custard—a soft extruded ice cream rich with egg yolks—is now primarily a Wisconsin phenomenon. In the city, you can get excellent custard at Timmy O's Frozen Custard (49-07 104th Street, Corona, Queens, 516-242-1843), and at any Shake Shack location.


Amelia Beamish
Amelia Beamish

Location Info


Eddie's Sweet Shop

105-29 Metropolitan Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11434

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Jamaica

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard St.
New York, NY 10013

Category: Retail

Region: Soho

Blue Marble Ice Cream

186 Underhill Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Brooklyn

Jacques Torres Chocolate

66 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Category: Retail

Region: Brooklyn

Australian Homemade

115 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10009

Category: Retail

Region: East Village

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato

188 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002

Category: Restaurant > Gelato

Region: Lower East Side

L'Arte Del Gelato

75 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001

Category: Retail

Region: Chelsea

The Lemon Ice King of Corona

52-02 108th St.
Flushing, NY 11368

Category: Retail

Region: Flushing

Sundaes and Cones

95 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Restaurant > Frozen Yogurt

Region: East Village

Shake Shack

23rd & Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10011

Category: Restaurant > Fast Casual

Region: Flatiron


203 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: East Village

Good Enough To Eat

483 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: West 80s

Duane Park

308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Greenwich Village


Frozen yogurt is soft-serve with yogurt (sometimes powdered) as its base. In the past few years, the city has been overrun with yogurt chains like Pinkberry, Red Mango, and others, but we advise you to seek out the fuller, denser product at Corner Cafe & Bakery (2328 Broadway, 212-860-8060). Also: X Frozen Yogurt (500 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-599-1706).


Shaved from a block of ice on a wooden cart, these impromptu Puerto Rican Sno Cones are a Lower East Side summer staple that is fast fading. Look for them around Tompkins Square, and choose flavors most likely to be homemade, such as tamarind and watermelon.

Finally, here are a few curious treats you might also want to seek out: snowlicious green tea, Chikalicious (204 East 10th Street, 212-475-0929); Brown cow (root-beer float), Good Enough to Eat (483 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-496-0163); frozen cappuccino, Emack & Bolio's (1562 First Avenue, 212-734-0105); frozen pie on a stick, Duane Park (157 Duane Street, 212-732-5555).

There were many more treats we wanted to try, but we were stopped in our tracks by that malady that has felled better ice cream eaters than us: brain freeze!

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