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10. The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (1 Water Street, Brooklyn; 718-246-3963)
Housed in a landmark building on the Fulton Ferry Landing pier, Mark Thompson's modest creamery impresses with both its pointed, straightforward eggless ice creams and atmospheric views of the East River under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. The menu maxes out at eight flavors, the wildest of which is peaches and cream. Vanilla chocolate chunk is a personal favorite with its dark, irregular chips. Its location makes it a must before or after downing pies at Grimaldi's or its kindred frenemy pizzeria Juliana's.
Ice cream may have centuries-old roots, but technology and globalization are helping scoop shops push the frozen treat's boundaries with ambitious flavors and toppings. And while it's true that the city's old guard delis, diners, and malt shops are slowly fading away, you can still find a few surviving in neighborhoods that have resisted gentrification. Whether you're looking for wacky combinations, baller banana splits and sundaes, or just a scoop of plain vanilla, it's a great time to not be lactose intolerant in New York. The city that never sleeps has quickly become the city that can't stop, won't stop shoveling icy desserts into its mouth. Let's all follow suit. By Zachary Feldman
Published on June 19, 2014