With high temperatures and unbearable levels of humidity throughout New York City, all we can think about is staying cool. Trade in your ice cream and waffle cone for some shaved cream, the next best thing in frozen desserts. This evolution of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices pairs the fluffy texture of ‘snow’ with the taste and creaminess of ice cream. Topped with your choice of candies, cereal, fruits, and syrups, these sweet cups of heaven are bound to give classic ice cream a run for its money. Here are our picks in Manhattan that will kickstart your new addiction:
Next time you head to Koreatown to satisfy your sizzling barbecue and spicy broth craving, head to Grace Street to take care of that sweet tooth. Make sure black sesame and green tea flavors are in your order.
17 W 32nd St New York, NY 10001
After dining in the East Village on a hot summer night, visit Snowdays Shavery for the perfect night cap. Relive childhood memories with toppings like Pocky Sticks and Fruity Pebbles atop flavor-packed shaved ice “snow”. Don’t freak out when your spoon turns colors – just prepare to be mesmerized.
241 E 10th St New York, NY 10003
Within the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, inch away from the crowds and head to Wooly’s in City Kitchen. Each cup is meant to be 150 calories or less, so these fluffy frozen treats will appease your craving without making you feel guilty about skipping SoulCycle.
700 8th Ave New York, NY 10036
Recently opened in the heart of SoHo, Dessert Kitchen is heaven for all Asian sweets fanatics. From frozen yogurt parfaits to dessert waffles, you’ll definitely leave satiated, especially if you were keen enough to order their addicting mango and coconut shaved ice dessert. Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to this.
192 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012
Halo-halo, the Filipino version of shaved ice, is the perfect way to end a night at Jeepney. A laundry list of rainbow-colored fixings including lychee, coconut jelly, red beans, ube (purple yam) ice cream, and jackfruit, melts together into a sweet creamy soup that is refreshing even on the hottest of NYC days.
201 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003