Scorching weather has prompted the city to issue several heat advisory warnings this summer. Just last week, New York City experienced its first official heat wave in more than two years, AccuWeather reports. For those looking to stay cool, there are plenty of opportunities to beat the sun — go to the beach, head to a local pool, or just hide in your home with the the air conditioner and a good book. But for those seeking a sweeter way to chill out, there are plenty of ice cream stores in the neighborhood selling cold, flavorful desserts. Here are a few places where you can get your fix.
Arbuz: This frozen yogurt shop at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road continues to please customers with its sweet, creamy treats. Although the store has expanded its offerings to include crepes, waffles, and coffee, the frozen yogurt, made in small batches in the store, has always been a major draw. Arbuz, meaning watermelon in Russian, serves several fruity flavors, which can be topped with fresh fruit, nuts and other toppings.
Carvel: While there are many places in the city to score Carvel soft serve, the location at 2744 Coney Island Avenue is the last storefront that maintains the distinctive 50s-style storefront. Travel back in time while enjoying a cool, hand-dipped soft serve, ice cream sunday or shake. (Or, if you’re less interested in decor, Carvel has another location at 3954 Nostrand Avenue.)
Yooberry Frozen Yogurt: Get your self-serve on at this frozen yogurt store located right across from the subway station at 1501 Sheepshead Bay Road. And if you need some extra sweetness, smother your dessert in cocoa goodness in their new chocolate fountain.
Uncle Louise G’s: Pick up some gourmet ice cream in front of the storefront at 3138 Avenue U. Their wide variety of flavors — ranging from Brooklyn cheesecake to pumpkin pie — are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. And it’s a great location to grab a cone for a stroll through Marine Park.
Nostrand Ice Cream Shop: The desserts might be cold, but the service is warm at this neighborhood favorite located at 3824 Nostrand Avenue, near Avenue Y. The pistachio, maple nut and peanut butter go great with toppings and their fat-free soft serve is rumored to be the best anywhere when it comes to guiltless pleasure.
Cold Stone Creamery: This ice cream shop is known for its rich, gooey creations— packed with more than a few crunchy surprises. The franchise has a location at 3165 Harkness Avenue, overlooking Plumb Beach Channel. So enjoy some sea breeze with your frozen treat!
Baskin-Robbins: This world famous ice cream franchise has three locations in the neighborhood (1815 Avenue U, 1427 Sheepshead Bay Road, and 3701 Nostrand Avenue). Plenty of locations means plenty of flavors.