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Shake Shack
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1. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream 199 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

After a big break making ice cream for Jay Z, Mikey's opened up this storefront in Alphabet City. With hip-hop and pop culture inspired flavors like Cool Runnings (coconut with dark chocolate and toasted almonds), Ice Ice Baby (triple vanilla ice cream), and Pretty in Pink (strawberry ice cream with balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper), his special twists make the ice cream truly special.

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2. El Vez Burrito Bar 259 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282 (Lower East Side)

With a few "burritos especiales" and a design your own option, this burrito bar caters to anyone. It's only open on weekdays from 11am-4pm, but really that's all you need to grab a burrito for lunch. But don't neglect the dessert menu: their soft serve ice cream comes in two flavors -- chocolate and horchata (!!). Plus you can top it with fun things like churro stars or candied pepitas.

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3. Amorino 162 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This isn't just a gelato shop -- it's a gelato boutique. And make sure you have a phone ready to snap a picture, because the signature flower shaped scoops are certainly instagram-worthy.

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4. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013 (Chinatown)

For over 30 years this family ice cream shop has been serving their homemade ice cream from Chinatown. Their "traditional flavors" include taro, red bean, thai iced tea, and zen butter (peanut butter with toasted sesame seeds), while their "exotic flavors" include cherry vanilla, coffee, mint chip, and chocolate. Regardless of the questionable differentiation, the ice cream is great, and they rotate in special flavors on top of the normal ones.

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5. Holey Cream 796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

Donuts and ice cream, because what else do you really need. Combining two of the most popular sweet treats into sandwiches is what makes this Columbus Circle spot basically a legend.

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6. Davey's Ice Cream 137 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

David Yoo, the guy behind this spot, is churning out classic flavors made from scratch: Mexican Vanilla, Chocolate Chocolate, Strawberry Swirl, and Cookies & Cream among them. He also features special flavors, and once made a special off-menu Thrillist exclusive ice cream sandwich: the Double Trouble.

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7. Gelato Ti Amo 12 John St, New York, NY 10038 (Financial District)

Sourcing its milk from Tuscany, along with getting many other flavor ingredients from the home county of this sweet treat has kept the tradition strong at Gelato Ti Amo in the Financial District.

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8. Eataly 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Chelsea)

This massive food emporium in Chelsea has all of your Italian food cravings covered, from prosciutto, mozzerella, and other panini-necessary ingredients, to olive oils, to pastas and sauces, to coffee and desserts.

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9. Tipsy Scoop 1590 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029 (Harlem)

Boozy, homemade ice cream in flavors like Cake Batter Vodka Martini, Vanilla Bean Bourbon, and Mango Margarita Sorbet -- what's not to love? Look for the vendors at street fairs and festivals to get your fix.

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10. Ample Hills Creamery 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

The brand takes it's name from a Walt Whitman poem called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry as an ode to the first location in Prospect Heights. The ice cream is still made entirely in Brooklyn at these full brick and mortar locations. The Manhattan location in Hells Kitchen is located inside the Gotham West Market.

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11. Vivoli Il Gelato 151 W 34th St Fl 6, New York, NY 10001 (Midtown)

Snuck into Herald Square is this piece of gelato royalty: Vivoli Il Gelato was founded in 1929 in Florence and hasn't changed much since. To find it, you have to get to the sixth floor of Macy's, where it resides next to Stella 34 Trattoria.

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12. Mia Chef Gelateria 379 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Gramercy)

With a wide range of flavors like Pure Sicilian Pistachio Stracciatella and Raspberry Panna Cotta, plus spirit-infused varieties Figs & Tequila, Chocolate Whiskey Truffles and Crème Brulee Mia Chef Gelateria has a flavor for everyone. Plus, the facility also offers classes.

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13. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream 2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This nine-seat ice cream parlor is a true parlor; you can order while sitting at six seats on the bar. Once you have ordered, the man behind the scoop will likely slide your way one of his unique "texture-driven small-batch" flavors like a salt & pepper pine nut or Brazilian bourbon topped with curiously created made-to-order whipped cream or even Fernet biscuits.

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14. L’Arte del Gelato 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Meatpacking)

Taking up a corner of Chelsea Market, this already popular gelato spot serves crazy rich flavors that rotate and change monthly -- but include the likes of Cioccolato al Peperoncino (Chocolate and Cayenne Pepper) and Marscapone. They also keep a few flavors of fruity sorbet in rotation.

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15. Jacques Torres Chocolate Grand Central Station Lexington Passage, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Known for his chocolates, Jacuqe Torres now brings a sweet treat to Grand Central in the form of over thirty different flavors of ice cream and sorbet. We would recommend you give anything with chocolate a taste (or two).

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16. A.B. Biagi 235 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

This buttery, slightly stretchy gelato is infused with hints of the tropics. Alongside Italian classics, you will find cups of acai or passionfruit sorbet that will transport you to owner Antonio Barros Biagis hometown of Sao Paulo.

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17. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck Prince St & Greene St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Before Van Leeuwen became the mini-empire that it is today, you had to track down their yellow ice cream truck if you wanted to get a scoop of their ultra-fresh ice creams, but now the truck tends to park itself on Prince and Greene so you don't have to go looking all over town for it. Or you could go to one of their brick-and-mortar locations.

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18. Shake Shack Theater District 691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown West)

Serving up standbys like the ShackBurger and the Chi-style Shack-cago dog, the newest outlet in Meyer's empire also has 'hood-inspired Concretes (dense frozen custard mixed) like a chocolate joint w/ peanut butter & marshmallaw sauces and chocolate-covere

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19. Tribeca Treats 94 Reade St, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

This Tribeca bakery has some killer sweets, including their retro-looking ice cream sammies made by sandwiching ice cream between chewy chocolate wafers.

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20. Ice & Vice 221 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

This self-proclaimed "experimental ice cream shop", formerly a Vendy Award-winning stall, puts out small batches of frozen delights in wildly original flavors, ranging from the seasonal (Crack O'Lantern) to the semi-traditional (Milk Money). There's even a "Roulette" menu, where things get even weirder -- think smoked whiskey barrel wood and Cracker Jack brittle. Their flavors have featured other crazy ingredients like lemon bread croutons, milk-braised carrots and white wine oatmeal.

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21. Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Co. 25 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

Just because you’re a butterfat-shunning health fiend, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the joys of soft-serve. At Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co., it’s made from just water, a hint of organic cane sugar, and fresh fruits like banana, mango, or blueberry. Yes, it’s light and zingy, but you’ll still think it’s soft-serve.

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22. Sprinkles Ice Cream 782 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065 (Upper West Side)

Sprinkles is showing us how to eat ice properly: smashed between two cupcake halves (icing included).

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23. Milk Bar 561 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

The Upper West Side outpost of pastry wizard Christina Tosi's Milk Bar serves all of her signature confections: the sugar-and-butter-based crack pie, birthday cake truffle balls, and the pretzel-potato-chip-coffee-oatmeal-butterscotch-and-chocolate-chip creation known as the compost cookie. Milk Bar's most famous outpost is arguably its cereal milk soft serve, which tastes like a creamier and sweeter version of the leftover milk in a bowl of cornflakes.

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24. Victory Garden 31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

In a small, country store-ish shop laden with pics of the goats & farms from which ingredients are sourced, this all-nannies yogurt & ice creamery'll be slinging fresh flavors from lemon poppy to Ethiopian coffee, and topping 'em with everything from pist

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25. Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream 1564 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

The premium cones at this Boston-based chain are outrageous. Think grasshopper pie or caramel moose prints in marshmallow fluff and crushed Oreos, Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, or Fruity Pebbles.