It’s time to declare the city’s best ice-cream sundae, that blissful mixture of ice cream, sauce, toppings, and — ideally — some kind of crunchy thing on top, all served in a bowl or a glass (not a cone!). Extra points, of course, if there’s a cherry on top. These three spots make ’em best.
2. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
2 Rivington St., nr. Bowery, 212-209-7684
It’s fitting that the so-named New God Flow sundae invokes Kanye West: It’s one of the best sundaes of all time. Two scoops of Nicholas Morgenstern’s raw-milk ice cream sit on top of a thick, fluffy slice of Japanese milk bread that’s coated in honey and toasted with a blow torch. In tasting sundaes all over town, many were just too sweet, but this one has a delicate balance, and the warm bread melts the ice cream just enough.
3. Brooklyn Farmacy
513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Brooklyn, 718-522-6260
Somewhat surprisingly, the ice cream that serves as the base of Brooklyn Farmacy’s $15 sundaes isn’t made in house (it comes from Adirondack Creamery), but the Carroll Gardens soda fountain makes up for this fact with both its variety and ambience. Housed in a restored 1920s apothecary, the vintage-y space is without a doubt the most delightful setting for sundae-eating in New York. There are 18 specialty sundaes, with a heavy emphasis on simple, kid-friendly toppings, like Nutella, toasted marshmallow fluff, broken pretzel rods, and rainbow sprinkles. They also specialize in mixing sweet with salty, in creations like the Mr. Potato Head (vanilla ice cream, North Fork potato chips, peanut butter, warm caramel sauce, whipped cream). The top pick, however, has to be the Flyin’ Hawaiian, which mixes coconut ice cream, vanilla cake, pineapple compote covered in li hing mui (a tart dried plum powder), macadamia nuts, and whipped cream. It’s like a piña colada on steroids.