Wondering where to find sweet relief from the hot summer days in NYC? We’ve got your answer—vegan ice cream! Whether you’re on the hunt for a boozy sorbet, or just want a good ol’ ice cream cone, you can find it at one of these creameries.
Here are eight ice cream shops that have veg-friendly options.
Pura Vita Super
Who says you have to travel to Italy to find great vegan gelato? You can get it right here in NYC at Pura Vita! The plant-based shop uses oat and coconut milks to produce rich, creamy creations like Berries Cheesecake Gelato, Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Cold Brew Gelato, and more. We know how we’ll be taking our coffee from now on! Stop in for pickup on Saturdays and Sundays only.
What began in 2008 as an ice cream truck operation on the streets of New York City has now grown into a staple ice cream shop with multiple locations in both LA & NYC. While not fully vegan, Van Leeuwen has many veg-friendly options currently being sold by the pint, including Vegan Mint Chip, Oat Milk Mocha Latte, and Vegan Cookies and Cream Caramel Swirl. Add one of the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies to your order and make at home cookie sundaes—voila!
Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co.
Fruit, water, cane sugar—what do these 3 ingredients make? Why, Chloe’s soft serve “ice cream” of course! The Union Square store serves up classic and seasonal flavors like Banana, Pumpkin, and Strawberry all year-round, so you always have an excuse to eat your favorite soft serve. The shop also offers Soft Serve Pops, which come in delicious varieties like Mango, Pineapple, Blueberry, and Raspberry. Order one of the fruit pops dipped in dairy-free dark chocolate with toppings, and you have yourself a sundae on a stick!
The Ice Cream House
Brooklyn - Boro Park Location
Remember summer days when you and your friends would head to your neighborhood ice cream shop for a cool, tasty soft serve cone? Well, you can relive those memories at The Ice Cream House! The store offers both soft serve and regular ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, and mixed flavors. When ordering be sure to select the non-dairy option, and then choose your vegan-friendly toppings like nuts and rainbow sprinkles.
Creme & Cocoa Creamery
Creme and Cocoa is your favorite local coffee shop with a twist—they have ice cream, and it’s boozy. That’s right, the shop offers ice cream and sorbets crafted with a variety of spirits, like their Hibiscus Fleur, made with brewed hibiscus/sorrel buds to create a rum sorbet. There are also many options without alcohol, including Blueberry Banana, Tropical, Passionate for Mangos, and more!
Pressed Juicery offers a healthier plant-based alternative to sugary ice creams as their frozen desserts are made with simple ingredients like coconut cream, almonds, and fruit. They are also free from refined sugars, so you can indulge while knowing you’re doing the body good. Choose from Strawberry, Matcha, Chocolate, and Vanilla Coconut, all of which are vegan. The Matcha flavor tastes just like your favorite latte, and can be ordered by the pint or in a mini 6-pack (which will also be kind to your six-pack, too!).
If good, old-fashioned ice cream is what you want, Kaylee’s has you covered. The shop crafts artisanal frozen treats and offers two vegan flavors—I’m In Love With The Coco (coconut ice cream + coconut milk chocolate sauce + toasted almond pieces), and Open Sesame (roasted black sesame ice cream + coconut cream undertones). Order by the scoop, or grab a pint—because can you ever have enough ice cream?
Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
Ralph’s has been serving Staten Island with their ever popular Italian ices since 1928, and they’ve since expanded to multiple locations throughout the borough as well as other parts of the tri-state area. The ices made with water are vegan-friendly and come in 25 different flavors, including Cotton Candy, Malibu Bay Breeze, Peach, and Lemon to name a few. You can also add toppings to your ice, like Oreos and Toasted Coconut.
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