Three boroughs have three new (healthier) ice cream shops

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Jeni's Ice Creams 1Green juice popsicles aren’t the only way to stay deliciously (and sometimes decadently) cool as you stroll the sizzling sidewalks this season. Three new ice cream shops opened recently in New York City, and each one is a fabulous addition to the better-for-you, clean-and-cold treats scene.

Like healthy favorites such as Van Leeuwen and Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. (not Mister Softee), these churners use dairy from grass-fed cows or vegan bases, and add local and organic ingredients, like fresh fruit and herbs. One even houses a spin bike that churns ice cream. (Talk about multitasking!)

Here are three new spots— in three boroughs—where the essence of a New York City summer is served on a cone or in a cup. —Jamie McKillop and Lisa Elaine Held

(Photo: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)


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Jeni's Ice CreamJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Manhattan

The Ohio-based ice cream purveyor opened a summer pop-up in the foodie wonderland Gotham West Market earlier this month. New Yorkers, used to picking up the pints at retailers like Dean and Deluca, were ready for them. “We sell so much ice cream in New York City, it’s our biggest market outside of Ohio,” owner Jeni Britton Bauer says. “For us, it was a no-brainer.”

Jeni’s stocks imaginative flavors like Wildberry Lavender and Pineapple Upside-down Cake Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, and the company is committed to carefully sourcing its bespoke ingredients, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and fair-trade certification. 600 11th Ave., between 44th and 45th Sts., Hell’s Kitchen,

(Photo: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)


amplehills_gowanusAmple Hills Creamery, Brooklyn

While it already has a well-known outpost on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights (you can spot it by the line down the block), owners Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna wanted a bigger space that kids could play in and parents could enjoy. They found it in Gowanus, where the new location opened this month, with an outdoor roof deck to boot.

“Our dairy is Hudson Valley fresh,” Cuscuna says proudly. It comes from grass-fed cows, and they then handcraft it into creamy deliciousness in small batches. A must-try is the Salted Crack Chocolate Caramel, exclusive to the Gowanus location, and they also make flavors for those who don’t do dairy. “Whenever someone tries our vegan flavors, they get so freaked out that there’s no dairy in it.” (In a good way!)

Oh, and this is where you’ll find the spin bike that churns ice cream. It’s off limits to the public, but, um, when is the studio opening? 305 Nevins St., Gowanus,

(Photo: Ample Hills Creamery)


Sweet Jane'sSweet Jane’s Frozen Deserts, Queens

A vegan dessert lover’s paradise, you can choose from soy, coconut, and almond milk bases at Astoria’s two-month-old Sweet Jane’s Frozen Deserts—and bring your dairy-digging friends. There are options for them, too.

“I didn’t think the neighborhood would support somewhere with dairy-free and dairy options, but the response has been overwhelming,” owner Jane McGinn says.

The crowd favorite? The vegan chocolate fudgesicle. Some ingredients are organic, all are non-GMO, and the dairy is synthetic hormone-free. 27-17 24th Avenue, Astoria,

(Photo: Sweet Jane’s Frozen Deserts)


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