Dolce di Primavera at Eataly Gelateria
Pastry chef Katia Delogu—who honed her confection skills in Turin, Italy—creates luscious small-batch gelato using milk from local dairy co-op Hudson Valley Fresh. For this new seasonal flavor, zabaglione (foamy egg custard made with marsala wine) provides an ultrarich base. The sophisticated treat is studded with crumbly bites of colomba cake—a panettone-like Easter specialty with nuts, raisins and vanilla—in a nod to springtime in Italy. 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts (212-229-2560). One scoop $3.90.
Seasonal Popsicles at ABC Cocina
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s sleek new foray into Latin American cuisine offers tropical ingredients in frozen form with classic wooden-stick ice pops. Three flavors rotate each season, but our current favorite is this herbal cooler. The prominent, crisp flavor of basil gives way to pineapple’s subtle sweetness, mimicking the cleansing sensation of an after-dinner mint. 38 E 19th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-677-2233). $3.
Pistachio Square at Ample Hills Creamery
The Prospect Heights ice-cream shop sets itself apart by pasteurizing Hudson Valley dairy in-house for its creamy confections—one of the only parlors in the city to do so. This love letter to green nuggets begins with a rich, deeply nutty ice cream churned with pistachio paste from Brooklyn’s American Almond. Chunks of pistachio brittle highlight the star ingredient’s depth of flavor, giving every bite a sweet and salty crunch. 623 Vanderbilt Ave at St. Marks Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-240-3926). One scoop $4.75.
The Fernet Branca Ice Cream Sandwich at Pearl & Ash
While Fernet Branca is the liqueur de rigueur on cocktail lists around the city, this new 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. The sweet-bitter adult treat is wrapped in paper adorned with a Sharpied smiley face. 220 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts (212-837-2370). $6.
S’mores pop at Itizy
Inspired by cake pops, founders Ann Yu and Kenneth Chen rolled out their latest mini creations, designed with portability and kid-friendliness in mind. The mobile truck’s take on the campfire standby conjures up childhood summer memories with all the fixins, minus the sticky fingers. The orbs feature a double dose of Belgian dark chocolate—the ice cream and its candy coating—covered with a smattering of crushed graham cracker crumbs and one pillowy mini marshmallow. For locations, visit itizy.com. $3.75.
The Sundae Morning at The Evergreen Ice Cream Co.
To make this brunch-inspired sundae, owner Francisco Garcia uses sweet-cream ice cream studded with blueberry-lemon sugar cookies from Jane’s in Kingston, New York. Two generous, dense scoops are topped with cereal-bowl-minded toppings like raw oats, for a pleasing savory crunch, and a generous drizzle of honey, while dollops of whipped cream add dessert-hour indulgence. 144 Evergreen Ave between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, Bushwick, Brooklyn (evergreenbk.co). $7.
Passionfruit Snocone at Handsome Dan's
A Japanese ice shaver takes snow cones to new heights at this pint-size candy shop, producing heaping mounds of fluffy, powdery snow. We loved the passion fruit flavor, topped with condensed milk for a Creamsicle-like contrast with the tart syrup. A smattering of Pop Rocks—from the spot’s floor-to-ceiling sweets collection—supplies an airy crackle that disappears on your tongue the way fresh snowflakes do. 218 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (410-241-3472). With one topping $4.75.
Watemelon Jalepeno Loveslush at Hybird
Jalapeño is a misnomer for the red sipper at this new fried-chicken stand, from Roots’ frontman Questlove. Thai bird chilies, not their Mexican counterpart, provide the gradually building heat, tempered by watermelon’s fruitiness in this icy drink. And its convenience-store origins may be carefree, but the harmonious balance is calculated with scientific precision; the kitchen uses a refractometer to check the fruit’s sugar levels in each batch before adding any more sweetness. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (212-989-3332). $4.50.
Summer’s right around the corner. This season, a luxe Latin restaurant, neighborhood ice-cream parlor and fried-chicken joint are doing their part to keep New Yorkers cool. Whether you’re craving an old-fashioned sundae or jalapeño-spiked slush, here are the best new frozen desserts in NYC.
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Since it first opened in 1982, Ninos 46 has occupied the same Midtown location on West 46th Street. The restaurant is still serving up traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist. To start, sample something from the varied appetizer menu: truffled mac and cheese bites ($11) sit alongside charred octopus with green mango, black chile and zucchini puree ($18). For your main course, order up an individual pizza, like the pie topped with clams, bacon, pecorino, mozzarella and chiles ($19) or the green pie with pesto, artichokes, kale and goat cheese ($18). There’s also a selection of fresh pastas, like fettuccine with “drunken” lobster alfredo ($30), and protein-centric mains, like veal marsala served with broccoli rabe and crispy polenta ($28). Wash it all down with something from the extensive wine list, in keeping with the Italian tradition. You surely have room for a little taste of dessert—why not try the warm bread pudding with nutella and mascarpone ($10)?
Venue says: “Modern Italian cuisine focusing on the best ingredient. We change our menus every few months to highlight what's in season”