Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Find the best frozen goods (video)

Celebrate the sweet-tooth holiday with the best ice-cream sandwiches in New York City, from traditional to doughnut-packaged to beer-flavored.

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Today is apparently National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, and who are we to argue with such an eminent—if random—holiday? We suggest consuming as many of these frozen delights as you can, and to that extent, we've rounded up our favorite ice-cream sandwiches in NYC. Doughnut-packaged, beer- and liquor-flavored, chocolate-covered-almond-encrusted—we've got you covered.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    The Fernet Branca Ice Cream Sandwich at Pearl & Ash

    While Fernet Branca is the liqueur de rigueur on cocktail lists around the city, this modernist spot gives it prime real estate on the dessert menu. The medicinal Italian amaro is blended into a classic crème anglaise—a thin, milky vanilla custard—and then churned into ice cream, while the cookie rectangles bookending it feature 65-percent dark chocolate. 220 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts. $6.

  • Photograph: Noah Fecks

    Ice cream sandwich at Jacques Torres Ice Cream

    Double your pleasure: Chocolate-chip-cookie ice cream fills saucer-size biscuits at New York chocolatier Jacques Torres's first ice cream shop. 62 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn. $5.50.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Famous original donut ice cream sandwich at Holey Cream

    The doughnut ice cream sandwiches at this Technicolor shop are an exercise in decadence: Two halves of a split old-fashioned bookend three scoops of house-churned ice cream—we like the sweet-and-salty vanilla studded with chocolate-covered pretzels. Festoon this prodigal masterpiece with your choice of flavored frostings and garnishes, such as colorful sprinkles, candy fragments and nuts. 796 Ninth Ave at 53rd St. $7.25.


  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches

    The ice-cream sandwich takes a postmodern turn at this frozen-treats truck, where the overstuffed behemoths put the Chipwiches of your youth to shame. First, choose a cookie; the chewy discs are available in varieties such as potato-chip butterscotch. Then, get a baseball-size scoop—or two, if you're prepared to get messy. The flavor combos are endless, ranging from mescal with banana honey to double chocolate with sea salt. Follow @coolhausny on Twitter for locations. $6.

    P.S. You can get $1 off two sammies today at Coolhaus with the password of the day!

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Foccacina at Amorino

    The foccacina at this Parisian import provides a neat package: Flavors such as vivid Ecuadorian banana are stuffed into a light brioche, then heated like a panino and dusted with powdered sugar. The bread stands up well, and the pressed sides prevent the contents from squelching out onto the sidewalk. 60 University Pl at 10th St. $4.25.

  • Photograph: Noah Fecks

    Ice cream cookie sandwich at Ronnybrook Milk Bar

    Homestyle oatmeal-raisin cookies find their ideal mate in coconut ice cream studded with chunky chocolate-coated almonds at the Chelsea Market outpost of the renowned upstate dairy. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave at 15th St. $3.75.

  • Photograph: Lauren Oosterlinck

    Shameless ice-cream sandwich at Bierkraft

    There's beer in the brownies at this unlikely frozen-treat venue, a Park Slope craft-beer emporium. Keegan's Mother's Milk lends a coffee note to the pecan blondie, which sandwiches Il Laboratorio's dulce de leche gelato. 191 Fifth Ave between Berkeley Pl and Union St, Park Slope, Brooklyn. $5.95.

  • Photograph: Noah Fecks

    Ice cream sandwich at The Meatball Shop

    You'll be surprised to find that the peanut butter cookies at this superlative build-your-own-meal eatery melt along with the ice cream. The trick to the creamy texture? They've never been baked. 84 Stanton St at Allen St • 170 Bedford Ave between North 7th and 8th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn • 200 Ninth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts • 64 Greenwich Ave between Seventh Ave South and Perry St. $5.

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

The Fernet Branca Ice Cream Sandwich at Pearl & Ash

While Fernet Branca is the liqueur de rigueur on cocktail lists around the city, this modernist spot gives it prime real estate on the dessert menu. The medicinal Italian amaro is blended into a classic crème anglaise—a thin, milky vanilla custard—and then churned into ice cream, while the cookie rectangles bookending it feature 65-percent dark chocolate. 220 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts. $6.


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