Food & Drink

NYC’s 13 Best Craft Ice Cream Sandwiches

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
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Chocolate and coffee ice cream sandwich

Bibble & Sip (address and info)

Hell’s Kitchen
Essentially a mocha in ice cream sandwich form, this glorious combo layers both chocolate AND Counter Culture coffee ice cream between soft dark cocoa cookies.

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Chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich

Maman (address and info)

Think of this as a Chipwich on steroids -- the cafe takes two of its hefty nut-studded cookies and stuffs ‘em with a scoop of McConnell’s exceptional vanilla ice cream. But unlike the always-available supermarket treat, there are only 50 of these on sale between Friday and Sunday after 2pm. Mark your calendars.

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Whoopie pie ice cream sandwich

One Girl Cookies (address and info)

Boerum Hill and DUMBO
Don’t settle for plain ol’ frosting. Ask nicely and this whoopie pie specialist will cram a ball of Il Laboratorio’s ricotta gelato between its uber-moist cakes.

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The Black & Walt

Ample Hills Creamery and Baked (address and info)

Multiple locations
New York City’s most iconic cookie got a summer makeover thanks to two of Brooklyn’s dessert powerhouses. This genius collab shoves Ample Hills’ vanilla malted ice cream and hot fudge between Baked’s black & white cookies and then, as if that weren’t enough, the entire thing gets rolled in chocolate crunchies.

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The DKA ice cream sandwich

Dominique Ansel Bakery (address and info)

In the battle of DKA vs. Cronut, the DKA always wins, especially when you order the flaky, buttery beauty sliced open and filled with one of Ansel’s house-made ice creams.

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The stroopwafel

The Good Batch (address and info)

Clinton Hill
Tip #1: avoid the ridiculous Smorgasburg lines and swing by the Clinton Hill cafe. Tip #2: get the signature stroopwafel made with two chewy hand-pressed wafers, Blue Marble ice cream, and caramel.

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The Mac Daddy

Mikey Likes It Ice Cream (address and info)

Alphabet City
The Ave A scoop shop brilliantly swaps in crisp fresh-pressed waffles -- with rotating flavors like red velvet and banana -- in place of cookies. If you’re really ambitious, get the Daddy Mac, which gives you two of these bad boys bursting with an ice cream of your choice. (Note: the Southern Hospitality with chunks of pecan pie and pecan pralines is downright incredible.)

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Ice cream sandwich

Luca & Bosco (address and info)

Lower East Side
The fudgey, brownie-like wafers will transport you straight back to your wallet chain-wearing childhood, but ice cream options like Drunk & Salty Caramel or Whiskey Fudge Rebellion can help make this a very adult-friendly treat.

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Macaron ice cream sandwich

Macaron Parlour (address and info)

East Village
This is not your average dainty French macaron. In what may be the most elegant twist on an ice cream sandwich, Simon Tung and Christina Ha bake up plus-sized shells that they jam with vanilla ice cream, plus chocolate and caramel sauces.

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Red velvet cookie ice cream sandwich

City Cakes (address and info)

For the summer-only special, the subterranean dessert den turns its half-pound red velvet cookie -- which, by the way, is already infused with cream cheese icing -- into a vehicle for velvety orbs of vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate chunk ice cream sandwich

Genuine Superette (address and info)

Oddfellows’ ice cream wizard Sam Mason has conjured up a sophisticated take on the summertime staple in this hot brioche bun oozing with chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, and toasted coconut flakes.

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Ice cream sandwich

The Meatball Shop (address and info)

Multiple locations
As with its namesake dish, the ball-slinging chain goes the DIY route, allowing diners to mix and match various fresh-baked cookies (oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle) with ice creams (chocolate, brown sugar). You can’t go wrong with any combo.

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1. Maman 239 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

With a Michelin-starred chef at the helm, this small cafe is impressing with small plates and baked goods including a Croque Madam with ham, comte, & béchamel on homemade bread, quiche done with roasted red peppers and eggplant, and tartinettes topped with goat cheese, honey grilled peaches, and prosciutto.

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2. Dominique Ansel Bakery 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s eponymous SoHo bakeshop is best known as the birthplace of the Cronut, a croissant-doughnut mash-up that attracts lines of tourists every morning. There’s a limit of two Cronuts per customer, but luckily the hybrid pastry isn’t all Ansel has in store. The shop sells bite-size fruit tarts, rich chocolate cookies, and Ansel’s other signature sweet, the kouign amann.

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3. The Good Batch 936 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This cozy bakery, a former Smoragasburg favorite, is known for their artisanal ice cream sandwiches and Dutch stroopwafels. All of the company's baked goods are made in house and are sold at the counter and in shops around the city.

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4. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream 199 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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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5. Luca & Bosco Ice Cream 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

This dessert cart, located inside the Essex Street Market, serves creatively-flavored, all natural ice cream. Drunk & Salty Caramel, Whiskey Fudge Rebellion and Lemon Olive Oil are all great scoop picks.

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6. Macaron Parlour 111 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

This small, mom & pop shop specializes in unique macaron flavors like Honey & Cognac, Cheetos and Apple Cider Caramel. The store also serves coffee and various baked goods.

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7. City Cakes 251 W 18th St Lowr, New York, NY 10011

This bakery churns out custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other sweets for all occasions. They also offer cake decorating classes like fondant design and sugar floral work.

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8. Genuine Superette 191 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

This Little Italy spots serves some great burgers, such as the much-loved Super Duper Stack burger, as well as things like fish 'n chips.