Tomorrow will be a veritable scoops showdown: Smorgasburg and Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice-cream-filled fetes on July 19 to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, leaving New Yorkers with the best-problem-ever of having to choose between the two sweet shindigs. Which one is for you? Let's break it down:
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Smorgasburg's Creme de la Creme
At this two-day festival, taking place on Saturday at Fort Greene's Brooklyn Flea and Sunday at the Williamsburg Flea, more than a dozen parlors including Time Out ice-cream favorites Morgenstern's Finest, Hay Rosie and OddFellows will scoop 50 flavors. On offer: herb-swirled goat’s-milk ice cream (mint, cardamom) from Victory Garden, frozen Indian lassi from Monsieur Singh and $6 pie shakes (s'mores, strawberry) from Butter & Scotch. And for you ice-cream sandwich lovers, the Good Batch will sandwich scoops between cookies, and Steve's, between doughnuts. Yes, we said doughnuts.
Hester Street Fair's Ice Cream Social
Along with a globe-trotting batch of ice creams—Turkish scoops from Lezzeti, Mexican paletas from La Newyorkina, Filipino shaved ice from Helo Halo—there will be a complimentary toppings bar courtesy of New American charmer Rosette, an Ice Cream IQ blind test pitting artisanal brands against the generic stuff, and a free ride to and fro the social for new users (using promotion code Hester30) from ice-cream-loving car app Uber. Oh and did we mention the fried ice cream? Because fried ice cream.
Whichever one you choose, you're the hands-down winner in this frozen-treats battle.