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Ample Hills Creamery

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Some might be hard-pressed to think of these winter days, with temperatures below freezing and biting winds blowing, as ideal days for ice cream, but our little family begs to differ. Our plans last weekend took us near enough to one of our favorite ice cream shops that I lobbied for a stop, and we walked ten numbing blocks out of the way to Ample Hills Creamery, in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

With three locations in Brooklyn, one each in Manhattan and Queens, and pints on the shelves of some local groceries, Ample Hills is a growing presence in New York. They specialize in nostalgic flavors and riffs on the same, creating ice creams that are immensely appealing to children and adults alike. It’s impossible to go wrong when ordering, but if it’s on offer, as it was on Sunday, I nearly always choose Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, a vanilla cream cheese ice cream filled with pleasingly chewy chunks of butter-soaked cake. Their coconut fudge sorbet instantly transports me to the days and weeks after my daughter was born (I was dairy and soy free for several months as we worked through her weight gain and reflux issues), when my big plan to get out of the house every day revolved so often around walking to get ice cream. The two of us spent that summer trekking back and forth along the Brooklyn waterfront to the Ample Hills kiosk at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Delia tucked in the Ergo or the wrap with a sweaty cheek against my chest and ice cream drips in her thatch of newborn hair more times than I’d like to admit.

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She’s old enough now to get her own ice cream (though still young enough to have me pick the flavor – all the better for finishing off the last bites if necessary!) and Ample Hills is perhaps the most child-friendly scoop shop in New York. Both full-size shops (the remaining three are kiosks, two seasonal) are cheery and decorated with whimsical murals. They include small play spaces for children with mini kitchens and racks of ice cream-themed books, pages a bit sticky from reading alongside melting cones. Best of all are the windows directly into the kitchens, allowing a glimpse of ingredients being stirred, chopped, and churned. It’s fun to imagine eating that exact batch of ice cream on a future visit – all the more reason to come back soon.


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February 8, 2017

[…] hungry after playing, a number of excellent dining options, including an outpost of my favorite Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, can be found a few blocks away at Gotham West Market on 11th Avenue between 44th and […]


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