Dream Scoops offered four classic flavors, each pure, buttery, and satisfying. Think Sea Salt Caramel, Dulce de Leche, and Manjari Chocolate. Our favorite was the Tri-Star Strawberry...when these tiny, impossibly sweet berries are ripe in season, there's only one thing to do. Take advantage!
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Steve's Ice Cream
Wölffer makes one of my favorite summer rosés, so it was only natural that I'd love their rosé turned into a sangria, and then a sorbet. Look at those colors! Steve's also brought a Salted Cantaloupe and Wild Ginger, Lavender and Blueberry Jam, Black Currant Yogurt, Bourbon Sweet Corn and Blackberry, and a classic Salted Caramel.
Luca and Bosco
Luca and Bosco decided to combine boozy caramel with salty caramel to create the Drunk & Salty Caramel. You didn't need me to tell you that would be amazing. They also had Sweet Corn (next year we'll have to eat that side by side with La Newyorkina's Toasted Corn and Steve's Bourbon Sweet Corn), Goat Cheese with fresh Blueberry Swirl, and Mint with Madecasse Chocolate "Freckles."
I wanted a scoop of everything at La Newyorkina. Vanilla Crema with Donut Peaches and Apricots? Yes, please! A Lime ice cream dotted with chia seeds? Can't miss. The nutty toasted corn ice cream called for an extra serving. And we couldn't stop talking about that decidedly spicy, smoky mole ice cream that finished on a sweet note. Any flavor Fany Gerson touches automatically turns to magic.
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
When it comes to gelato, Il Buco will never let you down. Today, one scoop of the Bitter Almond swirled with roasted apricots (why didn't anyone think of this combination earlier?) and Plum-Lavender Sorbet. Chocolate Chili and Salted Caramel were the other two options, though you can usually find those flavors year-round at their shop on Great Jones Street.
Anytime we spotted goat's milk on the blackboard, we ordered it. And at Esca, it was served in the style of a Goat's Milk Stracciatella. We also tried a dreamy Strawberry infused with wild fennel and a lick of both the heady Chocolate-Stout and Sassafrass Sorbetto. They were also doing brioche ice cream sandwiches, tucking a hefty scoop of any flavor into a split housemade brioche.
Rouge Tomate brought seven different flavors, and we made sure to taste them all. Dulce de Leche-Marzipan was our favorite, with the emphasis on marizpan, though the slightly tangy Goat's Milk swirled with brown sugar was a close second. They also had Coffee-Green Cardamom, Coconut-Lemongrass, Chocolate-Mint, Peach Frozen Yogurt, and Strawberry Frozen Yogurt available.
The Bent Spoon
We actually returned to The Bent Spoon for a second serving of this Sungold Tomato-Nectarine Sorbet. An ideal combination of two fruits, bright, naturally sweet, and one of the creamiest sorbets in recent memory. Their other option was a Sweet Cream Ice Cream trio called The Fowl Triple. One ticket got you THREE scoops of this buttery sweet cream (piled one atop another on that mini cone). Each scoop came from a different egg: duck, ostrich, and quail.
Early Bird Cookery
Early Bird Cookery brought back their award-winning Hay Ice Cream (made from infusing/soaking hay directly into the ice cream base, much more subtle than you'd except), but we were bigger fans of the Garden Sorbet, a clean concoction of equal parts beets, tomatoes, and blackberries. Their other two flavors were buttermilk and plum.
Marlow & Sons
Four options: Goat Milk, Summerlong Basil, Plum, and Cantaloupe Sorbet. Marlow & Sons had the purest goat ice cream out of all the vendors, and we loved that it was served straight with no additions. The cantaloupe sorbet was so delicate it had to be served in a cup instead of a cone, and the plum (especially when served in the same cup as the basil!) was summer at its best.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
We stuck to the lighter flavors at Van Leeuwen and were most happy with a clean and pure Fresh Nectarine Sorbet. They also offered a raspberry compote swirled into scoops of Frozen Greek Yogurt, and Caramelized Honey paired with candied black walnuts.