Having won themselves a Vendy and kept the crowds lining up at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, experimental ice cream mavens Ice & Vice have now swung wide the doors on their first brick-and-mortar shop on the LES. And when we say experimental, we're not kidding – their "9AM" is a deft mix of coffee ice cream and donut truffle, while the "Three Little Pigs" boasts salted caramel and bacon butter. All made in small batches from top-notch ingredients.
221 E. Broadway
b/t Clinton St. and Pitt St.
While OddFellows popped up in Williamsburg first, it was this white tile joint on the Bowery's debut that ushered in NYC's weird ice cream renaissance (avocado toast ice cream for the win). And owner Nicholas Morgenstern is up to his old limited-time-only tricks yet again, partnering with First We Feast for "Kanye West Ice Cream Week," with flavors inspired by the rapper's life and times, er, rhymes. The best of it: the "I Am a God Ice Cream Croissantwich" – vanilla ice-cream smooshed between two halves of a croissanat from new fave Arcade Bakery.
2 Rivington St.
b/t Bowery and Chrystie
image: Alan Gastelum
Ice cream subscription service (and let us just take a moment to acknowledge that we live in a city where this exists) MilkMade just opened their first "tasting room" in Cobble Hill, complete with ice cream flights of flavors like chocolate mint julep with Kings County bourbon and Mast Bros. chocolate ice cream with Chinese spices.
204 Sackett St.
b/t Clinton St. and Hicks St.
Victory Garden's claim to fame is ice cream inspired by Anatolian dondurma – that is, made with goat's milk using Middle Eastern traditions. Healthier than the regular stuff and every bit as tasty ("Tangy Goat Milk" tastes like a better version of Pinkberry), and they've just started packing pints, so you can grab some for later.
31 Carmine St.
b/t Bedford St. and Bleecker St.
OddFellows brought their gonzo take on frozen treats across the East River last summer, opening an outpost in the East Village. Now they're cranking full-steam, with a roster of wacky flavors that changes daily (if they have cornbread, get it and don't look back), waffle cones baked just minutes before you eat 'em, and a portion of their proceeds going to Food Bank For NYC – so while you might not necessarily feel healthy, at least you can feel charitable.
75 E. 4th St.
b/t Bowery and 2nd Ave.
Started with two humble trucks roaming the streets of North Brooklyn, Van Leeuwen now boasts six trucks, three brick-and-mortars, and grocery stores across the country carrying their Greenpoint-made goods. The sleeper fact: Van Leeuwen makes vegan ice cream from coconut and cashew milk that, quite frankly, you'd never know wasn't the real deal. So an aversion to milk ain't the end of the world.