July 17th, 2020
Soft serve is a summer food. That’s a soft serve fact. (Another soft serve fact: Tom Carvel only started serving ice cream out of a truck because he got a flat tire and decided to improvise instead of watch his ice cream melt.) We put this list together of our favorite new places around the city because we would really hate for you to miss out on a timely soft serve opportunity.
For more of the best soft serve options around the city, read our guide here.
This summer, Fieldtrip in Harlem has a rice milk hibiscus raspberry swirl soft serve. If the combination of those nouns isn’t enough to get your mind racing, then we unfortunately do not relate to you as a person. They’ll even bring it to your apartment (although that arguably takes some of the joy out of eating it in the sunshine). You can place your takeout or delivery order ahead of time online, or stop by their window on Lenox Avenue.
This is Leo’s first summer wielding soft serve, and you should be just excited about it as we are. They’re only offering soft serve on weekends, and the flavor rotates every week. Right now, they have a fig leaf ice cream with currants, dried strawberries, and olive oil drizzle. While you’re here for soft serve, grab a slice of their sourdough pizza to-go - our favorite is the square one with potatoes and provola cheese.
Hunky Dory in Crown Heights recently started offering a rotating soft serve with flavors like vanilla bean with white chocolate magic shell and preserved cherries or chocolate-mint swirl soft serve with mint that was grown in a local garden. They even have homemade sprinkles and meringue toppings, and 50 cents of every ice cream purchase goes to the Crown Heights community garden (Imani Garden) where the mint is from.