In this age of liquid-nitrogen ice cream, rolled ice cream, and churro cones, you may think that where everyone’s favorite frozen treat is concerned, there’s nothing new under the sun. But don’t cry into your Kanye cone just yet. We’ve got the inside scoop (har) on two ice cream cone-ucopias that promise to be sweet as hell.
National Ice Cream Day Bonanza at Brooklyn Flea
Saturday, July 16, 10am-5pm at 176 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene; Sunday, July 17, 10am-5pm, at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo.
Seven vendors will be whipping up special flavors for the Flea’s annual two-day ice cream blowout. If you’ve been too lazy to get out to Rockaway to try the P&B donut ice-cream sandwich at Citysticks, then head over to either Fort Greene (Saturday) or Dumbo (Sunday) to try the donut ice-cream sundae that Underwest Donuts has created using a custom flavor from Lower East Side favorite Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Good Batch will be serving up a birthday-cake ice-cream sandwich for lovers of rainbow cuisine, Blue Marble is apparently going cookie-crazy, and a new vendor, Malai, will be offering up Indian ice-cream floats and sundaes. The Flea’s usual array of vendors will be out in full force, so don’t drip anything on that mid-century lounger.
Ice Cream Social at Hester Street Fair
Saturday, July 16, 11am-6pm at corner of Hester and Essex, Lower East Side.
At Hester Street Fair’s annual ice cream bazaar, a $10 tasting ticket gets you tastes from all the vendors, including Ice & Vice, J-Rock’s Excellent Ice Cream, Il Buco Alimentari, Mikey Likes It, Noona’s, and Tipsy Scoop. To sweeten the deal: you get to help judge who churned it best. We’re told J-Rock is reviving a Tunisian-inspired concoction of coffee-cinnamon ice cream with candied pine nuts and chopped dates. Penguin Ice Cream, a Chinatown newcomer that specializes in rolled ice cream, will be doing a mango-green tea flavor. Another local, Ice & Vice, is doing marshmallow cones, and Snowy’s NYC Truck is serving up bowls of pina colada snow cream topped with pineapple coconut jelly, coconut drizzle, and toasted coconut. With that much to lure people in, don’t be surprised if you see Mister Softee playing a sad game of solitaire nearby.