Where to Eat and Drink Near Terminal 5

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Terminal 5 is a magnet for indie artists and big-name performers, but it isn’t exactly conveniently located. Sure, it has the environs of Hell’s Kitchen to latch onto, but that’s a crowded restaurant landscape that needs an expert to weed through the good and the bad. That’s why we’ve provided you with a carefully selected roster of eateries all within walking distance of Terminal 5, so when you’ve got tickets to Tove Lo, Tame Impala, Sleater-Kinney (or Brandon Flowers of The Killers next week), you’ll know exactly where to go for pre and post show food and drank. Here are all the restaurants near Terminal 5 worth hitting up.

For more places to eat and drink right now in New York, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

Pure Thai Cookhouse

 766 9th Ave. #2 at 52nd St.

This popular 35-seater serves genuine Thai cuisine reminiscent of the vendors and shophouses from the farmlands of Phayao. You can choose to take your noodles wet or dry with the eclectic and budget-friendly soup and wok menus (pro tip: they also deliver. You’re welcome).

What to order: Greenpapaya salad, wok ginger curry with calamari

Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery

695 10th Ave. at 47th St.

Don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s the inside that counts, etc., etc. While you may pass up the Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery as another corner market upon first glance, you can find fresh, healthy, and eclectic Mexican cuisine at more-than-fair prices. Swoop in early for the loaded Breakfast Burriot, or get your fill on one of the numerous Mexican Sandwich options.

What to order: Cubana Sandwich, Pollo en Mole Poblano

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

600 11th Ave. at 45th St.

From American expat in Japan to founding a haven for ramen lovers just along Clinton St., Ivan Orkin aims to bring a little zest to your traditional ramen bowl. The Gotham West outpost is open until 11 PM on weeknights and midnight on weekends, making it ideal for a relatively late bite This isn’t your 75-cent bag from the grocery store—enjoy the whole spectrum of egg, salmon roe, scallions, dashi, and the works. Or for the vintage collectors, go for the 1000 Year Old Deviled Egg.

What to order: Ivan Ramen “Caprese,” Triple Pork Triple Garlic Mazemen


PhotoIvan Ramen (credit: chezshal)


773 10th Ave. at 52nd St.

Danji marries traditional and authentic Korean flavors with a modern aesthetic (and with the portion sizes, you could definitely tag along a plus-one to this wedding). Only fresh, local, and organic ingredients are used, making for a deliciously healthy dinner. Sake’s organic too, right?

What to order: Soy-poached black cod with spicy daikon, tofu with ginger scallion dressing


773 10th Ave. at 52nd St.

Taboon is inspired by foods of the Mediterranean and Middle East and “bold and articulated flavors.” However, every palate is catered to here with options ranging from ricotta gnocchi to short ribs paired with hummus.

What to order: Terra Cotta Lamb Kebabs


790 9th Ave. at 53rd St.

Inspired by the delicious rotisseries spread all across French cities, Poulette aims to bring the particular je ne se quoi of the simple poultry dish to New York. Enjoy high-quality ingredients and choose from seasonal sides like brussels sprouts, French beans with mushrooms, ratatouille, and more.

What to order: Poulette Sandwich

LES Health Goddesses Sabrina de Sousa and Alissa Wagner of Dimes Share a Summer Recipe

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Here the owners of Dimes, Sabrina de Sousa and Alissa Wagner, share a favorite summer produce recipe.

Spring Beans w/ Mustard Seeds + Tarragon 

Serves 2-3

  • 2 cups String Beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 Cup Snap Peas
  • 2 Tsp. Coriander Seeds, crushed
  • 1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Mild Fresh Chili, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped Tarragon
  • Salt + Pepper to taste

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add string beans and snap peas and cook for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to the ice water bath and let cool. Strain beans and snap peas together in a medium mixing bowl. Heat 3 tbsp. olive oil in a small saucepan, add the coriander and mustard seeds and heat until seeds begin to pop. Pour seeds over the beans and add remaining ingredients. Toss and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

We Know Where You Should Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

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Another day of the week, another food holiday. Today is National Hot Dog Day, whoop whoop. To paraphrase Anthony Bourdain, there’s nothing better than “meat in tube form,” so plan the rest of your eating today around the most processed food sold on the street: le hot dog. Here’s where to find the best hot dogs in NYC today.

If you’re more of a silent observer and would rather get the best hamburger in New York, check out where to go here. And find out more places to eat and drink right now in the BlackBook City Guides.

Shake Shack

Madison Square Park, E. 23rd St. and Madison Ave. (more locations here)

Danny Meyer might be famous for that secret sauce ShackBurger but the New York-based burger joint started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park 14 years ago. The menu expanded, the franchise grew, and the hamburger may have eclipsed the hot dog as the fast casual’s signature dish, but today you should definitely head to your closest Shake Shack and get a split and griddle-crisp beef dog.

What to get: Shack-cago Dog topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, celery salt and mustard. With a side of fries, of course.

Swanky Dog

184 8th Ave between 19th and 20th Sts. 

Maybe it’s something about the Fourth of July and barbecues, but summer is the season for hot dogs. With that in mind, Donatella Arpaia and Pasquale Cozzolino opened Swanky Dog, a pop up hot dog shop hidden behind their Chelsea pizzeria Prova in late June. Open for the summer season only, the speakeasy parlor is accessible through the back of Prova from 5 to 11 PM, and if you’re gunning for a late-night bite, you’ll have to find the unmarked entrance after midnight. The dogs are custom blended and there’s a burger option and hand-cut fries.

What to get: The Fiesta Dog, a hot beef and jalapeno blended frankfurter with chipotle sauce, American cheese, onion, and roasted pepper relish. And don’t forget the Cannoli Dog to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Photo: Swanky Dog, Cannoli Dogs

Crif Dogs

113 Saint Marks Place between 1st Ave. and Ave. A; 555 Driggs Ave. at N. 7th St.

Crif Dogs is kind of an NYC institution. Though the East Village and Williamsburg locations are perfectly situated for late-night eats, you might enjoy the far-from-basic dogs at a sober hour. This is where you go you to induce a heart attack while eating the most creative and caloric tubed meat combos in the city.

What to get: Of the bacon-wrapped options, we suggest the BLT, topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Other standouts include the Philly Tubesteak (a Philly cheesesteak in hot dog form) and the Morning Jersey, a Taylor ham-wrapped dog with melted cheese and a fried egg.


Photo: Crif Dogs, bacon-wrapped dog (credit: Alexis Lamster)

Gray’s Papaya

2090 Broadway at 72nd St.

This wouldn’t be a legitimate “best hot dog in New York” list without a shout out to the OG hot doggery, Gray’s Papaya. Open 24 hours on the Upper West Side, and not to be confused with like-minded competitors Papaya King and Papaya Dog, Gray’s Papaya is where you go for plain, simple and high-quality frankfurters. It’s been featured in many a movie and TV show, like You’ve Got Mail and Sex and the City.

What to get: The Recession Special, two dogs and a 14-ounce drink for $4.95.

Bark Hot Dogs

155 Bleeker St. at Thompson St.; 474 Bergen St. near Flatbush Ave. 

Bark is the closest thing to a fancy hot dog restaurant in the city. Frankfurter classics are served slightly upscale in two subway-tiled outposts — one in Park Slope and one in Greenwich Village. Their menu caters to the food trends of the moment with a kale salad and Brussels sprouts side dish.

What to get: The Bacon-Cheddar dog with pickled red onions, the Chili-Cheese dog, and a side of onion rings.

Where to Eat After a Modern Art Marathon: Best Restaurants Near MoMA

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Not only has MoMA long been a beloved cultural institution, but it’s a hub where tourists and the cultured elite flock to revel in the best modern art in the world. Whether you’re headed to one of their incredible exhibitions like the current Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 and Scorsese Collects or attending their brilliantly curated series like Glorious Technicolor or Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age, you’re surely going to work up an appetite soaking up all that art. But unless smelling the savory wafting smells of The Halal Guys across the street, knowing just where to have a meal in the area can be stressful. To help, here are five great restaurants near MoMA we recommend. 

For more places to eat and drink right now in New York, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

Russian Samovar 

Get a taste of old world Russia in this hidden Midtown gem. Tucked away just north of Times Square’s bustling tourist scene, come for the wealth of delicious flavored vodkas and stay for the Russian and Georgian fare while live musical accompaniment croons under red lighting in this classic restaurant and piano bar. Perfect for cozying up with a date (like Carrie Bradshaw famously did) or dinng and imbibing with a group for a wild night. (256 W. 52nd St)

What to Order: Russian Blinis, Pan Fried Potatoes with Wild Mushrooms, Beef Stroganoff, Dill Vodka, Horseradish Vodka, and Pear Vodka

Distance from MoMA: Less than 1 mile

Photo: Russian Samovar

The Modern

With a view of MoMA’s beautiful and serene sculpture garden, this chic restaurant from Danny Meyer is the perfect companion to an evening spent indulging in a great film or exhibition. The elegant and minimalistic space boasts a Dining Room and Bar Room, serving up French-New American cuisine to its cultured clientele. (9 W 53rd St)

What to order: Small plates like the Tuna Sliders and Nettle gnocchi, and Steak Tartare

Distance from MoMA: Located inside MoMA

21 Club

Why not digest all that Modern Art you just absorbed with a martini and a burger at this charming Midtown staple. Enjoy a beer and a savory appetizer in their 21 Club Bar, sit down for an upscale meal in their legendary Bar Room, or spend an elegant night in their classic Upstairs room in this famed space that once acted as notorious speakeasy. With a strict dress code always enforced, just don’t forget to leave your jacket at home. (21 W 52nd St)

What to order: The ’21’ Burger, “Speakeasy” Steak Tartare, and the ’21’ Caesar Salad

Distance from MoMA: a 3 minute walk


Photo: 21 Club

Soba Nippon

Specializing in homemade buckwheat noodles, this Midtown haven offers 18 varieties of delicious soba. With a casual and easygoing atmosphere, this Japanese restaurant is tried and true go-to for laid back dining but with a menu that is sure to satisfy. Come hungry for lunch or dinner after enjoying the latest show at MoMA. (19 W 52nd St)

What to Order: Agedashi Tofu, Nihachi Yaki Soba, Nabeyaki Udon

Distance from MoMA: A 3 minute walk


The prix-fixe menu gets reinvented at this desirable and inviting Midtown favorite. Located just off 5th Ave, the flavorful and inventive Michelin-starred menu is helmed by renowned chef Bryce Shuman who serves up Modern American fare with flair. With gorgeous classical interiors and mile-high ceilings, the decor may be intimidating but the atmosphere is anything but. (41 W 57th ST)

What to order: Foie Gras, Roasted Chicken, Grilled Short Rib

Distance from MoMA: A 6 Minute walk

Marinated Trout Roe

Photo: Betony


Meet El Cortez and Okiway: Two New Restaurants Making Bushwick Cooler Than Ever

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Photo: El Cortez (credit: Daniel Krieger)

Bushwick’s ascent from gritty, cheap rent paradise for broke creative types to gentrified, epicurean locale for the yopro generation is nearly complete with two new restaurants that opened this month: El Cortez and Okiway. El Cortez is the brainchild of Stephen Tanner, who brought fancy fried food to Williamsburg as the founder of Commodore, co-founder of Pies-N-Thighs, and former chef at Diner and egg. The guy knows bar food and with his new Bushwick venture, he’s ditching southern comfort fare for Tex-Mex. Okiway, meanwhile, is a niche Japanese eatery that stems from the izakaya craze sweeping New York. The self-proclaimed “Japanese bistro” comes from two unlikely candidates, longhaired Frenchman Vincent Minchelli and his partner Amanda Jenkins, two restaurant novices who are hairdressers by profession. Though their menus are different, El Cortez and Okiway will presumably attract the same crowd of sophisticated hipsters who want good food and quality drinks at the same time. Here’s what to expect from both restaurants.

El Cortez

17 Ingraham St., Bushwick

FoodThe menu, crafted by Tanner and his co-chefs Dennis Spina (Roebling Tea Room, River Styx) and Yvon de Tassigny (Saint Anslem), succeeds in delivering Tex-Mex specialities that don’t take themselves too seriously. Get the taco salad, nachos, chips and queso, and the deep-fried wonder that is the chimichanga. For the true American Mexican food experience, order the “All American Taco Night,” a plate of beef tacos topped with classic ingredients like iceberg lettuce, canned black olives and sour cream.

DrinkThe cocktails are strong and festive, like the rum-based Zombie served in a totem pole glass and the sweet rum-and-coconut Commodore, served with a cherry on top and a pineapple garnish.

AmbienceThis place is the definition of eccentric. Its outdoor white facade, wood paneling and totem pole resemble the entrance of a New Age church where’d you expect to find peyote. There’s not much that would suggest the “Mexican tiki” theme until you walk inside, where the retro bi-level space includes a mural of a Mayan temple and a separate alcove with palm leaf wallpaper. There’s a bar on each floor — the DJ and subsequent dance party can be found upstairs — and a patio for the summer nights.


Photo: El Cortez, nachos (credit: Daniel Krieger)


1600 Flushing Ave., Bushwick

FoodThe specialty here is okonomiyaki, a savoury grilled pancake dish whose origins trace back to Osaka and Hiroshima. The menu includes both traditional and fusion takes on the plate, like the Osaka-style, a porkbelly pancake topped with Japanese kewpie mayonnaise, and the Hiroshima-style topped with crispy ramen noodles. There’s also a Mexican version with chorizo, crema, chipotle, avocado and cilantro, and a BBQ pulled-pork one. Small plates like fried shrimp with sriracha and wasabi guacamole are solid complements to the main event.

DrinkThere are Japanese beers and plenty of sake, but we suggest the wasabi beer.

AmbienceThe small, 40-seat space is colorful but minimalist and includes a 12-seat counter to watch the kitchen action. Skateboards with anime-like designs hang on the wall, Japanese action figures are displayed over the window, and paper lanterns announce the Japanese cuisine.


Photo: Okiway, okonomiyaki

For more places to eat and drink in New York right now, check out the BlackBook City Guides.


The Breakfast Guide to New York City: Where to Get the Best Bagels, Blueberry Pancakes, and BECs

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Photo: Baz Bagel

Going out to breakfast, on the weekend and especially during the week, is one of the small pleasures in life. Be it a solo plate of pancakes at a diner counter, a power meeting over eggs Benedict, or a grab-and-go smoothie, an outsourced morning meal is almost scientifically proven to jump start your day better than a bowl of (empty carb) cereal can. Plus, if you’re a denizen of New York City, the options for how to break a nighttime fast or cure a weekend hangover are endless, and eating at home is a missed opportunity for your palate. Here’s our master guide of where to get the best breakfast in New York – we’ve got the spot for a traditional Japanese breakfast, the best acai bowl below 14th Street, and the most mouthwatering bagel and lox combos.

For more places to eat and drink right now in New York, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

The Bagel Breakfast

Baz Bagel & Restaurant, 181 Grand St. between Mulberry and Baxter

The bagel landscape of New York City is a crowded one filled with opinionated glutenoids. A good bagel — crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside — is hard to forget and makes all subsequent bagels pale in comparison. A true New York bagel connoisseur will leave the confines of his or her neighborhood in search of the perfect boiled-then-baked carb, so instead of heading to your corner deli next weekend, go to Baz Bagel on the the border of Little Italy and Chinatown. The pink and palm tree-walled retro space specializes in hand-rolled bagels and Jewish comfort fare, so although there are egg sandwiches, expect smoked fish over bacon.

What to get: The Baz, nova scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion on a pumpernickel everything bagel, or the lower-carb SuperNova – nova, vegetable cream cheese, tomato and cucumber on a whole wheat everything flagel.


Photo: Baz Bagel, The Baz

The Pancake Breakfast

Clinton St. Baking Company, 4 Clinton St. between East Houston and Stanton

Sure, you can go to any old diner for a pancake breakfast, but in a city where there’s a specialist for everything from chai tea to arepas, you’d be foolish to satisfy your pancake craving somewhere other than Clinton St. Baking Company. This Lower East Side all-day breakfastery has been a neighborhood staple since 2001, but it wasn’t until every restaurant critic from New York Magazine to Lonely Planet voted its pancakes the best in the city that crowds started lining up for blueberry hotcakes. Your best bet is to go on a weekday, but if you’re set on Sunday morning, stop by early to put your name down and prepare to linger for two hours — they don’t take reservations and you have to show up in person to get a spot on the waiting list.

What to get: Blueberry or banana walnut pancakes with homemade warm maple butter


Photo: Clinton St. Baking Company, Blueberry Pancakes

The Power Breakfast

The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway at 28th St.  

New York restaurant history points to the Loews Regency Hotel as the birthplace of the power breakfast, where suited-up moguls eat eggs and toast at prices marked up well beyond what should be legal for a farm table breakfast. As the who’s of who of the city has moved downtown, so has the power breakfast. Enter the NoMad Hotel, whose proximity to the digital agencies of Park Avenue South and Flatiron tech companies makes its grand atrium a go-to for those who prefer to conduct their business at the top of morning.

What to get: Smoked salmon toast, eggs Benedict with crab and tarragon, egg sandwich with duck sausage and cheddar


Photo: The NoMad Hotel

The Japanese Breakfast

Okonomi150 Ainslie St. at Lorimer St. 

One might find it ironic that in a city where there’s more than one Chinatown and a crowded one-street Koreatown, there isn’t so much as a Japantown. Not so. Nevermind the East Village side streets that constitute something of a Little Tokyo, the whole city is itself a jackpot of Japanese food — from ramen shops and omakase sushi to izakayas and sake bars. The latest cool kid is Okonomi, a Williamsburg Japanese that operates as a ramen shop at night and a breakfast specialist during the day.

What to get: Ichiju-sansai, the set breakfast, includes miso soup, rice, pickled vegetables, a choice of fish, and an onsen egg

The Breakfast Bowl

Dimes, 49 Canal St. between Orchard and Ludlow

We’re in something of a “bowl phase,” defined by a one-dish meal whose ingredients vary but include anything from a grain like oatmeal or quinoa; dried fruits, nuts and seeds; bananas and berries; nut butters and granola; and mysterious superfoods like acai, pitaya, and spirulina. You’ve seen them photogenically filtered on Instagram and you can easily make one at home, but having one served to you at Dimes, the minimalist Lower East Side hotspot for the hip and healthy, is ten times better than foraging for the primary ingredients at Whole Foods.

What to get: Mango pitaya bowl: raspberries, banana, mango, atop pitaya (dragonfruit) with coconut, sunflower seeds, and mint


Photo: Dimes, Mango Pitaya Bowl

The Grab-and-Go

Liquiteria, 170 Second Ave. at 11th St. (and more locations)

Liquiteria was a pioneer in the cold-pressed juice scene when it opened its flagship East Village location many moons ago, and its hard to walk around Union Square without spotting a spandex-clad New Yorker sipping one of their healthy, superfood-packed drinks. Their smoothies are just as much a signature as their juices and aren’t easily replicated at home thanks to ingredients like coconut sugar, spirulina, and vegan protein.

What to get: The creamy peanut butter-banana-almond milk Bulldozer or the coconut and berry medley Blue Velvet. Perhaps the best thing on the menu is the peanut butter acai bowl, the closest thing to ice cream for breakfast.


Photo: Liquiteria, Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

The Bacon, Egg and Cheese

BEC, 148 8th Ave. at 17th St

Most New Yorkers get their bacon, egg and cheese fix at one of two places: the coffee cart outside their office building or the bodega by their apartment. A good BEC is cheap and greasy, served on a toasted bagel and wrapped in foil. There’s a new player in town though — an all-day Chelsea restaurant aptly named BEC that plans to dominate the breakfast sandwich market in New York with high-concept takes on the fast food staple. Aside from the traditional BEC, the menu includes salads for the lightweights and sandwiches like the Italian-esque Godmother, a meaty stack of prosciutto and salami with mozzarella, arugula, and pesto on a Pugliese roll.

What to get: The BEC Classic with smoked bacon and sharp cheddar on toasted brioche

Grab a Lactaid and Hit All These NYC Spots on National Ice Cream Day

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Photo: Ample Hills (Credit: Stu Spivack)

It’s pie’s best friend, an excellent bad breakup therapist, the sweetest remedy for a midsummer swelter, or just a perfect reason to treat yourself. But for National Ice Cream Day, no excuses are needed to indulge in America’s quintessential dessert (or breakfast or lunch, whatever – it’s chill). Celebrate the holiday in style all over the city – bonus points if you go to every place in our list. For more places to eat and drink right now, check out the BlackBook city guides.

Big Gay Ice Cream

“Throughout their years living in New York City, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff had always focused on their respective careers – until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream truck.” Big Gay Ice Cream is a playful shop serving up out-there treats (see: The Salty Pimp, Mermaid, and Gobbler) to crowds who line up down the block. You can also ditch the boring cherry on top with cayenne pepper, wasabi pea dust, or elderberry syrup.

Locations: East Village (125 E. 7th St.) and West Village (61 Grove St.)

What to order: Monday Sunday, chai milkshake


As one of the more DIY ice cream joints in the city, OddFellows pasteurizes their own ice cream daily using only local dairy, and keeps eight to 12 flavors on rotation. While the flavor variety changes quite often, some unique flavors you can find are miso cherry, saffron passion fruit, and ants on a log sorbet.

Locations: Williamsburg (175 Kent Ave.) and East Village (75 E. 4th St.)

What to order: The Cotton Candy Cone


Photo: OddFellows

Sundaes and Cones

This small, stark-white shop takes all your generic ice cream flavors and pushes them in an Asian-fusion direction with selections like black sesame, lychee, red bean, and wasabi. Feeling a little more old-fashioned? Try a scoopful of pistachio-almond or salted caramel on the outdoor wooden benches.

Locations: East Village (95 E. 10th St)

What to order: Salted caramel, red bean, and black sesame cone


Nicholas Morgenstern, the brains behind Morgenstern’s, riddles the ice cream lover’s palate. Combinations that should sound so wrong, like a coconut fennel and pickled mango soft serve swirl, are just somehow so right, and there’s no shortage of options to excite every taste and craving.

Locations: Lower East Side (2 Rivington St.)

What to order: Avocado Ice Cream Toast, King Kong Banana Split


Photo: Morgenstern’s

Van Leeuwen

Maybe you’ve seen that pastel yellow truck posted up along Bedford Ave. or University Place, or maybe you’ve stumbled into one of their five shops littered about the city. As one of the few vegan ice cream vendors around, Van Leeuwen definitely seems to be a niche for the more cow-friendly ice cream eaters. Or try their traditional flavors, like salted caramel, earl grey tea, Sicilian pistachio and ginger.

Locations: East Village (48 7th St.), Williamsburg (152 W.10 St.) and more NYC locations

What to order: The New Yorker, Ginger Caramel Crunch


Coolhaus was founded on the concept of “Farchitecture” (farming and architecture) in attempt to deconstruct customers’ palates and build upon traditional ice cream flavors. The selections are adventurous and vast, and you can even select from their cookie, to-go, and beverage menu – or grab an affogato for an indulgent midday pick-me-up.

Locations: Find the trucks around NY here.

What to order: ice cream sandwich, White Russian, goat’s milk caramel mascarpone rosemary


Photo: Coolhaus (Credit: Ernesto Andrade)

Ample Hills

This iconic Brooklyn ice creamery closed its doors just four days after its opening due to selling out of all 130 gallons of ice cream. Now, the supply remains ample as ever. Feed your sweet tooth craving with one of their constantly rotating flavors, or with a house made ice cream cake for the extra festive folks.

Location: Prospect Park (623 Vanderbilt Ave.) and Gowanus (305 Nevins St.)