6 spots to get ice cream—and other frozen treats—in Harlem and beyond

A scoop of salted caramel ice cream with chocolate sauce from Sugar Hill Creamery.

July—when the heat waves come in, well, waves—is peak ice cream month.

It's a time when only a sweet, ice-cold treat will do.

So before the month is over, here's a list of six unique uptown spots where you can grab a scoop or icy swirl to-go.


Central Harlem 109 Malcolm X Blvd between W 115th and W 116th Sts

Naturally, the soft serve at this rice-focused spot—the rice milk hibiscus raspberry swirl—is made using its star ingredient. And, yes, it's vegan.

Sugar Hill Creamery

Central Harlem 184 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts

The spot in Harlem for creative, artisanal scoops in flavors ranging from Harlem Sweeties (salted caramel) to First Day Out (Corn Jalapeño with Hibiscus Blackberry).


Central Harlem 196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

Classic Italian gelato in flavors such as chocolate and pistachio.

Harlem Shake

Central Harlem 100 W 124th St and Lenox Ave

This retro burger joint's impressive shake list includes everything from classic vanilla to its signature red velvet—and all are made with organic Blue Marble ice cream.

At The Wallace

Hamilton Heights 3612 Broadway and 149th St

Soft serve in a cup or cone is now available from this fun spot's cheery takeout window.

Choc NYC

Inwood 4996 Broadway at 212th St

Ice cream and sorbet made in-house—recent flavors include hazelnut caramel crunch ice cream and strawberry sorbet—served from this stellar pastry shop's window (starting at noon, according to the website).

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