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The best boozy milkshakes in NYC

Looking for a great boozy milkshake in NYC? Check out our picks for this adult take on a childhood indulgence.

By Taya Kenny

Some of the best ice cream in NYC has been updated for adults with none other than good old fashioned booze, to bring you a new way to enjoy a summer drink in NYC that is so decadent it makes a piña colada seem like a diet food. Boozy milkshakes, adult shakes, naughty floats, whatever you call them, there's no denying these treats are gaining steam and popping up just in time for spring in NYC. Try out one of our favorites—it's a great excuse to hit the sauce (and we don't mean chocolate syrup.)

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Best boozy milkshakes in NYC

Campfire at Bills Bar and Burger
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Christina S.

1. Campfire at Bill’s Bar and Burger

Restaurants American Midtown West

Vanilla ice cream forms the base, but a homemade marshmallow topping (that looks exactly like your attempts at s'mores-making on family camping trips) separates it from the pack, especially since it's torched right behind the bar for you. Try it with a shot of Makers Mark to elevate the flavors from simple to spectacular. $7 shake + $4 for shot of choice.

fancy strawberry lemon cake shake
Photograph: Courtesy Milk Bar

2. Strawberry-lemon-cake shake at Milk Bar

Restaurants Bakeries Williamsburg

The Williamsburg Milk Bar location has always offered boozed-up variations on their iconic confections, from a Cereal Milk White Russian to a birthday cake laced with spiced rum, which taste even sweeter during their daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm. Starting May 3, Christina Tosi & Co. will offer two limited-edition flavors, including a ;cake shake spiked with white rum. All boozy shakes are limited to the Billyburg location, so sorry Manhattanites! $8.50 during happy hour, $11 otherwise.

Pretty in Pink Float
Photograph: Courtesy Molly Landreth & Jenny Riffle/Butter & Scotch

3. Pretty in Pink Float at Butter & Scotch

Restaurants Bakeries Crown Heights

If strawberry is your go-to flavor—or if you’re just feeling like drinking something “millenial pink”—stop by this Crown Heights bar-bakery for a float combining Aperol, rosé, seltzer and Blue Marble's organic strawberry scoops. $14.

Photograph: Courtesy Creamline

4. Two Cookies & Cream Milkshake at Creamline

Restaurants American Chelsea

All of Creamline's products use locally-sourced dairy, making the brand as sustainable as it is delicious. And this cookies-and-cream shake is no exception—an ode to the flagship's home inside Chelsea Market, which was once the Nabisco factory, the frozen treat is churned to order with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy soft-serve, Nilla wafers, Oreo cookies and one-and-a-half ounces of Bailey's. $14.


6. Monkey Business at Sidewalk Cafe

Music East Village

This East Village classic has been open since 1985 and doubles as a music venue, so if you feel too full of ice cream (it happens), stay and enjoy the show. Boasting more than nine milkshakes, it was hard to choose a favorite, but the Monkey Business, comprised of bourbon, banana liqueur, chocolate syrup and peanut butter, is everything you wish your healthy post-workout shake was. $14.


7. Salted Caramel & Maple Bacon Shake at Sincerely Burger

Restaurants Hamburgers Bushwick

What better way to satisfy the outdoorsy lumberjack in you than salted caramel and maple bacon? The burger-and-shake outlet offers two to-die-or milkshake options, including a Nutella latte shake with an optional shot of Stolen rum, but when bacon's on the table, you know which one we're choosing. $6 for shake, $3 for additional shot of bourbon

8. Guinness Milkshake at Mark

Restaurants Hamburgers East Village

Celebrate every day like it's St Patrick's Day (minus the green outfits and the omnipresence of bros, natch). This frothy cup combines a classic Emerald Isle stout with scoops of vanilla—pair it with a bacon cheeseburger and see if that doesn't cure what ails ya. $7.

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