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The 11 best soft-serve spots in New York City

Published On 08/18/2014 Published On 08/18/2014
Soft Serve NYC
Blue Marble
Andrew Zimmer
Facebook/ Coney's Cones
Flickr/ Bev Goodwin
Facebook/ Momofuku Milk Bar
Facebook/ Blue Marble
Victory Garden
Donny Tsang
Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.
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1. Dairy Queen 54 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

A Manhattan location of the famous chain is most welcome on 14th St. Get your burgers, get your ice cream, and get your Big Apple Blizzard (that's right!) all without leaving the city.

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2. Coneys Cones 1023 Boardwalk W, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Coney's offers up some of the best ice cream on the Boardwalk, with options like "Cookie Monster," and classic vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Other menu items worth trying at the quaint shop are their homemade Italian Ices and Affogados.

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3. Momofuku Milk Bar 251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The original, pint-size location 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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4. Blue Marble 196 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Cobble Hill)

This organic, locally sourced ice cream joint features delicious chocolate and vanilla soft serve, as well as creative hard ice cream flavors like Mexican Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Caramel. Seats are numbered, so if you can, grab a spot by the window or on the bench outside.

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5. 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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6. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop 125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

A funky and elegant twist on Mister Softee, this ice-cream-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar operation has reinvented the art of soft-serve with kitschy-named creations that breed snaking lines around the block in the summer. Take the Salty Pimp, an ice cream cone filled with vanilla soft-serve, drizzled with thick dulce de leche, sprinkled with sea salt, then dipped in chocolate. Aside from the elaborate speciality cones, Big Gay Ice Cream Shop also churns out sundaes, shakes, and seasonal flavors.

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7. Takashi 456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

All beef, all night. Well sorta. Hit up this spot for the perfect part-Korean, part-Japanese dish featuring both Japanese and American Angus -- tongues, intestines, and anything else you can imagine -- grilled at your table. On the weekends, chow down on an influx of ramen while reading about the health benefits of the various slices of meat you might gorge yourself on via a wall mural.

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8. Bar Sardine 183 W. 10th Street, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Opened by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, Bar Sardine is part of the Happy Cooking family of restaurants that includes Perla, Fedora, Joseph Leonard, and Jeffrey's Grocery Restaurant and Bar. On the menu you can expect light bar food that rotates seasonally, with the exception of the hearty Gruyère grilled cheese or the Fedora Burger, both of which remain popular staples. The bar is in the center of the snug room, and drink rails line the walls of the windows where you can sip on great cocktails, a beer, or a glass of wine.

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9. 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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