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The most Instagram-worthy treats of summer 2016

By Christina Izzo

It's been a summer healthy with heat and humidity, which means, if you're like us, you've been eating damn-near your body weight in ice cream. And luckily, there have been plenty of toppling cones, twee ice-cream sandwiches and sky-high sundaes to cool down with this season. Feast your eyes on New York's most 'grammable ice-cream creations. 

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Ice & Vice


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A multi-scoop cone isn't enough for the East Broadway parlor—their UFO Cone sports an ice-cream sandwich (bookended with Underwest Donut's vanilla-lavender Car Wash doughnut, no less) atop scoops of Food Baby's custom Concord grape flavor (studded with doughnut "soil," raspberry coulis and rainbow sprinkles) inside a salted blue-born honey cone from the Konery. 

Ample Hills at Bubby's High Line


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Take a sweet detour during your High Line stroll to the Ample Hills outpost inside of Bubby’s High Line for one seriously tasty collaboration: piled-high pie sundaes. Choose one of Bubby’s house-baked pies as a base—apple, banoffee, chocolate peanut butter or sour cherry—and top it with one of Ample’s scoop flavors, like Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace or Strawberries & Creme. A little fudge on top never hurt anyone. 



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A regular at Smorgasburg and summer festivals (these babies powered us through many a Governor's Ball set), these Hong Kong-inspired treats feature an egg-waffle cone loaded with ice cream in flavors like chocolate topped with Oreo crumbles and chocolate-banana Pocky sticks. 


Choose one of eight rotating flavor combinations, then gaze in awe as your homemade liquid ice cream is poured onto a sub-zero cold plate where it gets mixed, flattened and scraped into five perfectly formed cylinders. Toppings are free and unlimited, so go ahead and add those Teddy Grahams to your heart’s content.

Black Tap: Craft Beer & Burgers


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Created by chef Joe Isidori, Black Tap's towering milkshakes draw inspiration from classic desserts: The cookie shake combines vanilla-cookie ice cream with crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, whipped cream, a chocolate drizzle and a vanilla-frosted rim, while the cotton-candy variety boasts actual puffs of cotton candy atop a vanilla or strawberry base. 

Morgenstern's Finest

From the same scoop shop that, for better or worse, gave us this summer's hot dog ice cream, you can find ice cream that's blacker than our cold, dark soul, stained jet-black using coconut ash. Despite its appearance, the flavor is downright sunny, churned with coconut flakes, coconut cream and coconut milk. 

Quality Eats

The name alone says it all: "Dressed Up Scoops." And dressed up they are, with varieties like Bar Snacks (buttered popcorn ice cream with spicy peanuts, pretzels, chocolate-covered potato chips and beer caramel) and This Sh*t Is Bananas (roasted banana ice cream with peanut-butter caramel, candied bacon and cinnamon toast). 

Dominique Ansel Kitchen


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The soft-serve window outside Dominique Ansel's West Village shop reopened for the season and with it came yet another Instagram-ready flavor: Salt-and-pepper caramel ice cream with chunks of devil's food cake, flakes of Maldon sea salt and a crispy potato gaufrette, all inside a big, beautiful waffle cone. 

The Good Batch

The treats from these ice-cream sandwich pros are always good-looking and their seasonal flavor—a summer strawberry number with chewy coconut macaroons, fresh lemon-strawberry curd and vanilla Blue Marble ice cream—is no exception. 


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