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I Scream, You Scream…

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! (As far as I’m concerned, every day is Ice Cream Day, but, hey, that’s just me.) I’ve already told you about the Big Gay Ice Cream truck and shop. So here are a few of my other favorite joints in the city:

Il Laboratorio del Gelato on Ludlow St. carries almost 200 varieties of ice cream. The “lab” part of the name stems from the fact that they consider themselves a laboratory for ice cream flavors, and chefs and other customers are encouraged to work with them to develop new ones. Scarf down a scoop or two of buttermilk and you may very well swoon.

Oddfellows has two locations: one in Williamsburg and one on East 4th St. All of the ice creams–even the waffle cones–are made from scratch. And while you’re enjoying your Chorizo Caramel Swirl or Peanut Butter and Jelly scoop, you can feel good about yourself, as with every serving Oddfellows sells, they donate 5 cents to the Food Bank of New York City.

The ice cream sandwiches at Melt Bakery will send you reeling right back to your childhood. The shop also has two homes: one on Orchard St. and one on the High Line in the Chelsea Market passage. Current flavors include Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies with Vanilla ice cream, Peanut Butter cookies with Banana ice cream (the Elvis, of course), and Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon ice cream.

Sundaes and Cones in the East Village specializes in Asian flavors, like Wasabi, Ginger and Black Sesame. Diet-conscious folks will appreciate the fact that they serve non-fat and no-sugar-added scoops as well.

Ronnybrook Milk Bar in the Chelsea Market sells fully organic ice cream, milk, yogurt and milkshakes. There is an actual Ronnybrook Farm upstate, with a slew of well-fed, pampered cows, and we lucky folks here in the city reap the benefits from their labor. The basil scoop is amazing; the cookies and cream milkshake to die for.

Have a great, lactose-filled weekend, everyone!

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