Your Ice Cream Guide to Midtown East
You guys know I love my sweets and now that it is officially summer it’s time for an all-out attack on anything sweet and frozen. I got super jealous of you Midtown Westerners with the opening of Grom last month, but it inspired me to search out what Midtown East has in the way of delicious summertime treats…
Best Ice Cream: 5th Avenue Chocolatiere (3rd btn 43rd+44th)
I’ve never picked this chocolate shop to satisfy my cravings, until now. I got the Italian Cookie Ice Cream, and it was crazy good with a melty chocolate ribbon going through it. Bonus points: you also get a free truffle.
Honorable Mention: Cafe Zaiya (41st btn Mad+5th)
One of the few places around where you can get soft serve with an Asian twist, my favorite’s the Black Sesame. They now offer Kinako, made with soybean powder, and little servings of hard ice cream. Your best bet is to let this sucker melt a bit or you’ll be flinging ice cream all over.
Best Gelato: Ciao Bella (Grand Central Terminal)
There’s a LOT of gelato in our area uptown and downtown, but Ciao Bella stills stands out in my book. The sheer number of flavors are guaranteed to make anyone happy, and they have the experience necessary to whip up some pretty great gelato.
Honorable Mentions: Sbarro’s Gelato (5th btn 47th+49th)
Before you knock the Sbarro’s, I’m pretty certain this counter is maintained by an outside company. The gelato was decent, but the amount you get for the price makes this completely worthwhile.
Borne Confections (Park btn 58th+59th)
This Belgian chocolate shop, which has some pricey but pretty fantastic chocolate, has a small selection of flavors from Taste Gelato Artigianale. This is definitely the place for the gelato snobs out there, or for the rest of us when we feel like splurging.
Best Icy Treat: Previti Pizza/Lemon Ice King (41st btn Park+Lex)
Oh yes, Previti Pizza made the best decision ever and is bringing in Italian Ices from Lemon Ice King of Corona. I grew up eating Lemon Ice King and it still has a high place in my heart. The ice is smooth and its evenly flavored throughout. Previti is now one of the few places to get Italian Ice.
Honorable Mention: Financier Patisserie (various locations)
Financier is another vendor that’s not stingy on the serving. This is the small blackberry sorbetto, and it was awesome. Smooth, flavor-full, and refreshing, but not too sweet.
Best Frozen Yogurt:Hands Down, No Contest Winner: 40 Carrots, Bloomingdale’s (Lex btn 59th+60th)
Besides gelato, we have a lot of frozen yogurt around too and it simply doesn’t get any better than 40 Carrots. Just the right temperature, price, amount, and a rotating list of flavors. Everything about their fro-yo is perfect-enough so that I’m convinced there’s something up.
Honorable Mention: Oren’s Frogurt (3rd btn 51st+52nd)
Oren’s frozen yogurt is supplied by the same company as 40 Carrots, so you can expect to see some of the same flavors. One thing they do have that you can’t get at 40 Carrots is some great coffee, or cookies should you feel the need to make a cookie sandwich.
Place to avoid: Devon & Blakely (3rd btn 48th+49th)
When I first spotted this Devon & Blakely’s Edy’s soft serve machine, I was psyched! But repeated efforts to enjoy any deliciousness from this machine were thwarted. It’s not pretty or delicious or worth your time & energy to stop here for summertime refreshment.
*Tasti-D-Lite or TLC or whatever it’s called was left out because I find it gross. There’s no taste after the first bite and that’s just a waste in my book.*
Got a post lunch ice cream favorite that I missed? Put in the comments…