The handmade flavors to order include a blueberry cheesecake dubbed “Chairperson of the Board,” “Fly Girl,” a honey and lavender-flavored homage to the movie “Honey” and a salted caramel flavor named after Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem Sweeties.”
Its menu includes Taro, Red Bean, Don Tot, Pandan, Durian, Black Sesame and Lychee. If you fall in love with the shop’s “special appearance” flavors like Green Tea Oreo and Halo Halo (you will), let the staff know — and they just might make them regular items.
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream: New York, NY
Mikey Cole created his brand of ice-cream: Mikey Likes It Ice Cream following the advice of his late aunt: “If you are cooking with love, someone should receive that same food with love.”
Now serving from two locations in NYC, on the Lower East Side and in Harlem, he will soon sell his ice cream at MoMA’s Cafe 2 as well.
Cole’s take on banana pudding with vanilla wafers a flavor called “Brady Bunch,” and “Pink Floyd” is a take on a double-strawberry cheesecake. He even serves up a flavor that encourages you to eat your greens, called “Incredible Hulk.”
Cole also continues to donate food to the community and hopes his ice cream brings people together. Plus, if you’re a kid with an A on your report card: Congrats — your scoop is free!
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream: New York, NY
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream has certainly come a long way since the late 1800s, and brothers Sam and Nelson Chau devoted an entire business to this delicious, deep-fried delicacy.
From NYC street fairs to their Lower East Side storefront, the Chaus serve up customizable versions of the treat. Just make your flavor selection, choose your coating — breadcrumbs, cornflakes or Oreos — then they’ll fry it up and top it with your choice of garnish, like condensed milk or strawberry whipped cream.
Big Gay Ice Cream: New York, NY
From street truck beginnings to multiple locations in Manhattan, owners Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff have made the Big Gay Ice Cream brand a beloved one, serving up fun and whimsical soft serve treats.
Go for the iconic Salty Pimp: vanilla soft serve served decked with dulce de leche, sea salt and a chocolate shell, the Mermaid Sundae for your Key lime pie fix, or indulge in one of its new flavors of the month (perhaps the Cheeto-covered ice cream?).
Pairing fun with philanthropy, the company supports LGBTQ causes, as well as homeless and hunger initiatives.
Dre’s Desserts: Brooklyn, NY
A new icecream brand Dre’s Desserts: launched during the pandemic from civil engineer Andre Olivier, creating and delivering pints throughout the Flatbush area of Brooklyn.
He created his company after being furloughed from his job, found a thriving fanbase for his homemade icecream and quickly sold out.
He serves both dairy and vegan flavors inspired by family and childhood favorites: Peanut Butter and Jam French Toast, Sticky Icky Cinnabun, Lemon Blueberry and Court Street Theater — a combination of all his favorite movie snacks, including popcorn, pretzels and M&M’s.
Brown Dog IceCream is named after a playful chocolate lab, named Foster, who loves children and ice cream. Staff members brainstorm new flavor ideas and test each one before serving to ensure it’s perfect.