The last day of school is fast approaching, and even though we’ve already graduated, we can’t help but crave an ice cream sundae at this time of year. Rather than stealing a spoonful of sweetness from the well-deserving students in our lives, we’re looking forward to ordering cool, adult-friendly desserts from restaurants across the U.S. Here are 15 ice cream sundaes you won’t want to share — including a $1,000 splurge of a sundae.
Cracker Jack Sundae, at American Cut, New York, New York
You can’t strike out with this treat. Dreamed up by pastry chef Tara Glick, this sundae will take you out to the ballgame with crunchy Cracker Jacks and popcorn ice cream.
Secret Sundae, Amis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Shhhh! Served by special request only, the secret sundaes at Amis include strawberry rhubarb granita with vanilla semifreddo from founder and chef Marc Vetri.
Sabrina Sundae, Barton G.: The Restaurant, Miami, Florida
The sparkling sundae is served in a giant martini glass filled with housemade ice creams and outrageous toppings. You won’t have a choice but to share, as it is built to serve four-six guest with fudge brownies, scoops of Valrhona chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla spice ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, and chantilly, and is topped with shaved chocolate shards, chocolate cigarettes, dark chocolate “B’s”, and maraschino cherries.
Pistachio and Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae, CBD Provisions, Dallas, Texas
Pastry chef Ruben Torano is featuring fabulous sundaes on the menu all summer long in the Texas heat. The sundaes highlight local ingredients and Texas flavors, while all ice cream, gelatos, and garnishes are made in house. Don’t miss the pistachio and vanilla ice cream sundae with apricot rum syrup, toasted huckleberry cake, candied lemon, and meringue.
Cinnamon & Pecan Bun Sundae, The Clam, New York, New York
Chef Mike Price has created a menu of classic American desserts at The Clam, such as this cinnamon and pecan bun sundae topped with housemade bourbon pecan gelato with warm chunks of cinnamon and pecan bun, and a drizzle of caramel, and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.
Corsair Ice Cream Sundae, Corsair, Miami
Scott Conant’s new Miami eatery offers an outrageous dessert. Created by pastry chef Michael Brock (who took this picture), it has smoked vanilla bean ice cream, blondie bites, ginger chantilly, salted caramel sauce, crystallized ginger, chocolate cookie crumbs and toasted marshmallow.
Create-Your-Own Sundae, The Gander, New York, New York
At The Gander, chef Jesse Schenker launched its brand new sundae cart, which features a mobile ice cream station filled with housemade flavors, such as Tahitian vanilla bean and Valrhona 72% dark chocolate, with toppings including candied walnuts, rum-soaked raisins, fresh macerated berries, rhubarb jam, salted caramel sauce, and more. Bonus: Custom ice cream sandwiches are also built tableside.
The Victoria, Parlour at The Langham, Chicago, Illinois
The sundae to end all sundaes, the Victoria features typical ingredients, as well as over-the-top items such as 24kt Gold Leaf, 24kt Gold Dust, and Hennessy VSOP. It is served in a Wedgewood crystal bowl (Yours to keep!) with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon — all for only $1,000!
Affogato alla Vaniglia con Fragile Calde, MAMO, New York, New York
Chef Massimo Sola serves an elegant vanilla ice cream sundae with hot strawberries at the recently opened MAMO, an extension of the 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera.
Thin Mint Sundae, North End Grill, New York, New York
An ice-cream mastermind, pastry chef Tracy Obolsky always has a different sundae on the menu at North End Grill, incorporating interesting flavors, textures, and a touch of nostalgia. The current confection is a thin mint sundae with chocolate-mint ice cream, fudge, and house-made thin mints. [Photo credit: Edward Pfohl]
S’mores Brownie Sundae, PB&G Restaurant at Four Seasons Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Classic campfire s’mores get a makeover with chef Gerald Sombright’s sundae that contains fudge brownie bits, vanilla ice cream, graham cracker, and candied peanuts.
Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae, Porter House New York, New York, New York
Double your pleasure with this sundae made with vanilla and chocolate choco-chip ice creams, chocolate chip cookies, housemade marshmallows, devil’s food cake, fudge sauce, and whipped cream from executive chef and partner Michael Lomonaco.
Ice Cream Waffle Sundae, Post 390, Boston, Massachusetts
You won’t waffle when it comes to ordering dessert at Post 390. A fluffy waffle anchors this superb sundae that is served with strawberry sauce, poached rhubarb, butterscotch, and buttermilk ice cream.
Ice Cream Sundae, Rosa Mexicano-Style, Rosa Mexicano, New York, New York
Each summer, the restaurant hosts an annual ice cream festival, featuring sweet spins on traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients. However all year long, executive chef Joe Quintana offers an ice cream sundae with a Mexican twist that includes raspberry-guajillo sauce, fresh strawberries, cinnamon sugar plantains, and piloncillo-espresso chocolate sauce.
Movie Theater Sundae at The Stanton Social, New York, New York
Pastry chef Jaime Sudberg’s playful, whimsical desserts have garnered her rave reviews. Perfect for sharing, her movie theater sundae is built on brownie, peanut butter pretzels, popcorn ice cream, and brown butter caramel.