since samson’s official birthday fell on memorial day this year, we thought it was the perfect excuse to really go all out with our treat day and do a big fancy ice cream crawl (or ice cream tour as josh prefers we call it!) around new york city! samson is probably the biggest 4 year old ice cream lover you ever did meet, and while he rarely veers far from his favorite flavors of vanilla and strawberry, he knows a good vanilla or strawberry when he tries one, he can’t get enough ice cream in his life. ;)
we hit up three ice cream shops around the city on this day (and we were so sugared out by the end i don’t know how we could have done any more) but i want to do it again on another birthday or holiday and try out some others!
we started with ample hills creamery in brooklyn (and concur it was our favorite of the day) and then tried 10 below in chinatown and finished with morgenstern’s at the bowery. all are great in their own ways, so i put some details below on each place if you’re interested in checking any out!
we all agreed at the end of the day that ample hills was our favorite of the day! my sister hannah came along with us since she had the day off, and she also said this! so it’s not just we davises, but hannah said so too! ;) they have some pretty creative flavor combos and we sampled so many! their ooey gooey flavor is hands down the best. it’s a cream cheese based ice cream with globs of butter-soaked yellow cake in it (RIGHT?!) and it just can’t be topped. i know that in addition to their ice cream, all of their mix-in ingredients are made from scratch in house, and i feel like that is why it tastes so good. also, exciting news for all of us who aren’t in brooklyn often, in addition to finding them in midtown west at gotham market, they just opened a shop near the highline this month!
you can’t beat the experience you get at 10 below of watching them MAKE and ROLL your ice cream right before your eyes! i loved hearing that the concept for the rolled ice cream was inspired by how they make ice cream on the streets in thailand! my mom actually served an 18-month mission for our church in bangkok in her early twenties and between her love for that place and our obsession with thai food, it’s so high on our list of places we are dying to go visit someday! anyway, back to 10 below…. be prepared to wait about an hour in line. (i asked the guy the typical wait time and if he suggests a time of day that the line dies down. he said the only time without a line is when they open their doors in the morning, so go early if you’re not interested in the lines. we were lucky both boys were asleep in the stroller while we waited in line and had also met up with friends at this point so the time passed quickly since we were visiting while waiting in line!) i wouldn’t say the ice cream leaves you craving to go back and have more over and over again (hi, ample hills!), but the experience as a whole is really cool, and worth checking out at least once!
okay, so we have heard rave reviews of this spot for ages and i don’t know how we’d never tried it before. the flavors are really intricate and detailed, and some of the combinations you wouldn’t think go together actually taste so good. we had to wait about an hour in line at this place as well (might have been due to it being a holiday though) but fortunately there is a playground right around the corner where the kids played while we waited. i don’t think i’d be willing to wait in line again for it , (to all my obsessed friends, please don’t hate me) but the raw milk was my favorite flavor, if you’re looking for a recommendation!
if you have a favorite ice cream place in new york, let us know! i want more ice cream crawls in my life (or any kind of crawl. can we please do this with lobster rolls sometime?! lol.)