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5 Top Spots to Get Ice Cream—and Other Frozen Treats—in Harlem and Beyond

5 Spots to Get Ice Cream—and Other Frozen Treats—in Harlem and Beyond
Sugar Hill Creamery has three locations in Harlem.

Ice cream season is officially here.

Happily, Harlem has become a great place to find some truly notable frozen desserts.

It's home to two shops specializing in small-batch ice cream and gelato as well as a number of stylish spots where you can pull up to the counter for icy shakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more.

Here, then, are TCU's favorites, from south to north.

East Harlem 1642 Lexington Ave between 103rd and 104th Sts

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

• Hamilton Heights 3629 Broadway between W 149th and W 150th Sts

The original Harlem spot for creative scoops in flavors ranging from Hello New World (caramel cookies-n-cream with vanilla wafers and Oreos) to Chairperson of the Board (blueberry cheesecake).

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

The deliciously tangy raspberry hibiscus soft serve at this rice-focused spot is made with rice milk. Meaning yes, it's vegan.

Central Harlem 100 W 124th St and Lenox Ave

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

Hamilton Heights 1610 Amsterdam Ave between W 139th and W 140th Sts

A family-run spot for creamy house-made gelato. Find a range of rotating flavors including S'mores and vegan coconut.

6 spots to get ice cream—and other frozen treats—in Harlem and beyond
Avrilililly's serves up house-made gelato.

Inwood 4996 Broadway at 212th St

This stellar pastry shop also makes its own ice cream and sorbet—revolving flavors include mint chocolate chip ice cream and strawberry sorbet—served starting at noon. Also look for ice cream cake sandwiches like red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream starting July 4th.

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