Is there anything more refreshing than a delicious milkshake on a hot summer day? This all-American treat has been enjoyed by people of all ages since it first appeared in drugstore soda fountains during the early 1920s. Today, NYC restaurants are coming up with insanely indulgent milkshake flavors. Whether you’re in the mood for classic vanilla or chocolate, a creamy drink with all the fixings like chocolate chip cookies and cotton candy, or a boozy dessert, here’s a list of places where you can find some of the best milkshakes in NYC.
Black Tap, 529 Broome St
Tourists and locals alike head to Black Tap, a ‘classic luncheonette’ famous for the Crazy Shake. These mind-blowingly cool concoctions are a sugary feast, taking the classic diner staple to a whole new level. A cult favorite, the Cotton Candy is made of strawberry ice cream with blue, pink, and pearl chocolates topped with a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream, and cotton candy. We also suggest the Sweet n’ Salty, a decadent mix of peanut butter ice cream with chocolate gems and PB cups, a sugar daddy, pretzel rods, chocolate covered pretzel, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle for good measure.
Butter & Scotch, 818 Franklin Ave
This Brooklyn bar and bakery is a one-stop-shop for innocent sweets, savory bites, and an inventive offering of dessert cocktails. Get your sugary booze fix with The Nameshake made of Monkey Shoulder Scotch, butterscotch caramel, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. There’s even a vegan option called the If You Like Piña Coladas Shake, blending El Dorado White Rum, coconut ice cream, and fresh pineapple. We also love that this women owned and operated restaurant donates to various causes and goes by the hashtag #bitcheslovesprinkles.
Harlem Shake, 100 W 124th St
Harlem Shake opened in 2013 and has established itself as a friendly eatery that serves up tasty, satisfying dishes. For the perfect meal, order a burger, hand cut fries, and the signature red velvet Harlem Shake. Made with organic Blue Marble Ice Cream, this thick, creamy drink is topped off with red velvet cake crumbs. Harlem Shake offers a variety of delicious hand-spun flavors including classic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry along with salted caramel and double chocolate and bacon.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry St
A tribute to the days of the classic “soda jerk,” Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain has a wonderful how-we-came-to-be story. After a costly estimate nearly extinguished the dream of turning this former neighborhood pharmacy into a modern day soda fountain, hope was restored when the Discovery Channel’s reality show Construction Intervention picked up the “restoration” project for its series. A nostalgic foodie’s idea of heaven, it offers a specialty milkshake menu made with Adirondack Creamery Ice Cream that is full of surprises. Standouts include Broken Cones, which blends two ice cream sugar cones with vanilla ice cream and The Rocket, a jolt of sweetness made with coffee ice cream and two shots of Brooklyn Roasting Co. Espresso.
Lexington Candy Shop, 1226 Lexington Ave
This candy and soda fountain reminds us of a simpler time when an “American Luncheonette” meal with dessert was one of life’s pleasures. Family operated since 1925, the Upper East Side restaurant was last remodeled in 1948 and has been serving diners and their families for generations. Food and drinks are made just like they were 60 years ago, so you can look forward to slurping one of the best milkshakes in NYC. Flavors are straight- forward and come in four options – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and coffee.
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