Now that you've gotten the lowdown on staying cool at one of the city's refined public pools this summer, you're in need of something sweet 'n creamy to compliment that new Speedo-sponsored sunburn swag. Here's a list of the five best places to snag a frozen dessert post-pool trip:
If you just knocked out a few Lower East Side lap swims at Hamilton Fish, you best replete those calories with the city's most awesome ice cream sandwich. We like the Cinnamax's cinnamon and snicker doodle combo, or hedge your bets with one of Melt's secret flavors if you dare.
132 Orchard St. between Rivington and Delancey Sts.
Van Leeuwen Ice Artisan Ice Cream Truck
Sure, we're starting to get a little skeptical of a) food trucks b) foods that claim to be "artisan" and c) food trucks that serve foods claiming to be "artisan", but this one earns that ubiquitous moniker. After cooling down with the hipsters and Hasids at Williamsburg's Metropolitan Pool, head north on Bedford for an eccentric antibiotic-free cone like Currants and Cream, Gianduja or, if you feel like getting crazy, Salted Caramel with Makers Mark Bourbon.
Bedford Ave and N. 7th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Situated only a few blocks away from the McCarren Park Pool-cum-fight-club, this Greenpoint eatery offers thirst-quenching coolers like banana and mango smoothies, as well as fresh-squeezed juices with ginger and cayenne pepper add-ons to up that summer spice factor.
120 Norman Ave between Leonard and Eckford Sts., Greenpoint, Brooklyn 718-383-7417
Poolside lounging at Thomas Greene a.k.a. Douglas & Degraw in Gowanus got you parched? (We know, life's tough.) Head over to Cobble Hill and hit up one of Nectar's smoothies, like peach, blueberry and banana-ey HomeTown Squeeze, or the strawberry, mango and guava-based Vahine.
198 Court St between Congress and Wyckoff Sts., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn 718-855-6166
Post dive-and-dip at John Jay Pool, get an ice cream or frozen yogurt cone at Yorkville's Sedutto. It's not as easy to steal cereal and fruit toppings from there as it is at nearby-ish self-serve chain 16 Handles, but flavors like Moose Tracks and Green Tea are way more refreshing, and isn't that what really matters?
1498 1st Ave between 78th and 79th Sts, 212-879-9557