There’s a reason that Chipwiches were a huge part of our awkwardly plump early teen years… they were the bomb. And we wouldn’t take back any of our thirteen-year-old back fat to have eaten fewer.
So you can imagine how excited we were when we realized that ice cream sandwiches are making a major comeback along with Juicy tracksuits (we know, we mention these a lot, but now it’s topical), platform sneakers, and large be-cased cell phones. The old classic is being re-interpreted, multiplied, and upgraded at bakeries, restaurants, food carts, and food halls. Some flavors are downright fancy, others totally kooky, like the OddPockets from Odd Fellows (ice cream sandwiches mushed between warmed Brioche buns) or Melt Bakery’s Elvis Sandwich, packed with peanut butter and banana goodness. We’re taste testing across the city (and doubling up gym time) and creating one or two easy to make gourmet versions for our own dinner parties.
So sandwich on with our DIY ice cream sandwiches for your next dinner party or with our list of must-eat fancy sandwiches around the city.
The Ice Cream Sandwich Directory
191 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
This new Nolita no frills cafe has a menu for all your cravings with a Cali-inspired take on diner-classic desserts, especially their ice cream sandwiches and shakes.
Odd Fellows Sandwich Shop
75 E. 4th St. NY, NY 11218
This Brooklyn ice cream establishment has turned their East Village outpost into a sandwich shop, featuring a rotating menu of make your own or their signature nouveau version, The OddPockets.
132 Orchard Street NY, NY 10002
The Melt Bakery guys have been around for the last couple of years, and started whipping up their signature Elvis (peanut butter cookie with banana ice cream) back in 2012, way before it was a real trend. And, we must say, they’ve perfected the creative, perfectly baked take on the ice cream/cookie combo.
Milk and Cookies
19 Commerce St. NY, NY 10014
This quaint West Village cookie shop may be known for their cookies, but since they introduced ice cream sandwiches, demand for their classic flavors was so high that they now ship nationwide!
5 Carmine St. NY, NY 10014
The West Village Pop Bar, known for gelato on a stick, is jumping on the bandwagon with their newest addition to the menu, the Pop Bun. We’re pretty sure this warm gelato sandwich is the perfect way to enjoy ice cream in the cold.
As one of our favorite places to grab a quick, cheap eat, The Meatball Shop is not new to this trend. Since opening, they’ve had an entire Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwich dessert menu that includes a changing variety of ice creams and cookies.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen
137 Seventh Avenue South
At the latest restaurant from the inventor of the cronut, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, a pastry & dessert-lover’s paradise, you can chow down on a chic creation: the brown sugar DKA Ice Cream Sandwich with smoked caramel.