Ice cream just gets us. Through birthdays and school milestones to comforting us through bad break-ups and powering us through marathon binge-watch-and-chill sessions, it’s always been there for us. Happily, chefs feel the same and are creating chilly confections that are next-level. Check out these restaurants for ice cream to help you celebrate the ordinary and the extraordinary any day.
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The Loyal, New York, New York
Gather three friends to tackle this DIY sundae. A Neapolitan trio of ice creams – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry – comes with a candy store worth of topping. From marshmallows and gummy bears to Reese’s Pieces and chocolate squares, there’s everything your sweet tooth could desire. Make a reservation at The Loyal.
The Mockingbird, Nashville, Tennessee
We love doughnuts. We love ice cream. So of course, we adore this doughnut ice cream sandwich, which features rotating flavors. Make a reservation at The Mockingbird.
Trademark, New York, New York
When you need a serious pick-me-up to kickstart your morning. A scoop of mega milky fior di latte gelato gets doused with espresso. Fernet Branca Menta is optional but recommended. Make a reservation at Trademark.
Radiator, Washington, D.C.
You might head back to bed after you take down chef’s Naptime Sundae. Generous globes of vanilla and Guinness ice creams are crowned with Heath Bar cookie crumbs, maple syrup, and bacon fat powder (which is pretty much the greatest invention ever). As if that wasn’t enough, it’s finished off with a shot of whiskey. Make a reservation at Radiator.
Casolare, Washington, D.C.
It all begins with four scoops of gelato. The usual suspects are vanilla, chocolate crunch, strawberry, and pistachio, but diners request any gelato on the menu. This sweet quartet gets coronated with hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, crunchy chocolate pearl, and Amarena cherries (plus rainbow sprinkles, if you ask nicely). Make a reservation at Casolare.