At this madcap scoop shop, try one of the inventive flavors like maple-bacon, chocolate malted or Sunday brunch (cinnamon-infused custard with chunks of French toast) dreamed up by local dad (and former sci-fi writer) Brian Smith. As they wait for their cones to be scooped, kids can read ice cream-themed books in the store's play space, press their noses to the production-room window and marvel at a one-of-a-kind stationary bike, which can be pedaled to churn out the frosty delight.
|Venue name:||Ample Hills Creamery|
623 Vanderbilt Ave
|Cross street:||at St. Marks Ave|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu noon-11pm; Fri, Sat noon-midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: B to 7th Ave; 2, 3 to Bergen St|
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Yassss. Hands-down, best ice cream ever. Ample Hills is the best thing that's happened to me since... well, maybe discovering how to make smores in the microwave when I was 10?! :-) They let you try several flavors before deciding, AND you can mix flavors. Bring a friend who isn't "big on ice cream," and you'll make them a believer.
Cold Stone who? Ample hills easily takes the cake for the place to get the best ice cream in the city. I've been coming here for years and don't plan on stopping. I'll even be seen here in the coldof Winter! Every season they will promote new and funky flavors that will have you scratching your head, with names like "Salty Crack Caramel" or "Peppermint Pattie", but one sample tasting will have you asking to try all of them. My favorites are Peppermint Pattie and Vanilla Malted (however I now believe the latter has been discontinued), but any flavor you decide will be worth it for any ice cream aficionado
If you haven't had ample hills ice-cream yet- then you never had amazing ice-cream. Nothing can compare- the ooey gooey flavor is a must. There will most definitely be a line down the block but it is 100% worth the wait you won't be disappointed!
So I saw the long line and at first I thought, "Aagh, it's not worth it for me today..." I started to walk out. "Well....maybe I'll try it. I can leave if it takes too long."
I see a girl walking around giving out samples. "Yeah, I'm going to stay long enough to get one of these!!! Then I can leave."
The sample was delicious. I stayed. The line started moving faster and I chatted a bit with the guy behind me and his daughter, who gave me some flavor recs when I said it was my first time there. Some of which I'll definitely try the next time(s).
When I got up front, I tasted Bourbon Street (good, but I decided I was in the mood for chocolate). I asked the server, "What was the flavor you guys were sampling a few minutes ago--Chocolate Saucer?"
She looked confused and then said, "Oh no, it's the Dark Chocolate - soft serve."
Oops. Duh on me. I asked to try the Dark Chocolate hard ice cream, just for comparison. She gave me some on a spoon--that one was delicious too, so I decided to get a cup of that one.
When leaving, I saw two guys walk in and walk out ("This line is too long"). I told them it moved pretty fast for me and they also had some good samples, so one of the guys said, "Okay, you sold me!! We're staying."
I definitely will have to come here again this summer, the ice cream is seriously amazing.