A chocolate milkshake can turn any day into an extraordinary day, especially if it comes from one of these ten NYC restaurants. The milkshakes that are being served at the locations below are far from ordinary, bursting with rich flavors, and perfectly creamed for your stomach’s sweet-craving appetite. Whether you want strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, or something a little bit more wild, you'll find them at these amazing burger joints and dessert hotspots. Flavors include everything from the traditional to the graham cracker crusted seasonal treat. Try one, try two, or try them all. (Let’s be real, you’re going to want to try them all.)
Black Tap (West Village)
Black Tap has a top-notch menu of classic shakes, including Black Cherry, Nutella, and Caramel…but it’s the Crazy Shakes that will blow your culinary mind. Going for $15 a pop, these enormous treats are decadently covered in candies, cookies, and baked goods galore. The Cotton Candy Strawberry Shake is a favorite thanks to its vanilla-frosted rim, pearl chocolates, lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream, and cotton candy toppings. If you’re craving something a little more on the savory side, the Sweet 'N' Salty has got you covered. Additional locations on the Lower East Side, SoHo, and midtown (although midtown is closed for the time being). NOTE: Due to the coronavirus restrictions on indoor dining, for the first time ever Black Tap will be serving its Crazy Shakes to go. A pop-up at 529 Broome St. called Black Tap Singles & Doubles is open now. The lineup includes the Cookie Shake, the Brooklyn Blackout, the Cookie 'N Cream Supreme, the Oreo Shake, the Bam Bam Shake, and newcomer Strawberry Shortcake. Soho: 529 Broome St., 529 Broome St., 917-639-3089; Midtown:136 W. 55th St., 212-675-7236, blacktapnyc.com
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain (Carroll Gardens)
Open, masks are required inside the store, one customer inside the store at a time.
This throwback soda parlor in Carroll Gardens is the total package. It’s a quaint, vintage atmosphere with a menu chock-full of sundaes with names like Mr. Potato Head, a surprisingly long list of ice cream floats, and killer shakes. You can play fast and loose with your milkshake order (think of this as a bar for non-alcoholic beverages), but if you order off the menu, go for the classic black and white with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Or take a step out and get the Rocket, which is a vanilla and a shot of espresso for a boost of energy (go figure!). 513 Henry St., 718-522-6260, brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com
Bill’s Bar & Burger (Midtown West)
Rockefeller Center open for to-go orders.
Conveniently located at Rockefeller Center, Bill’s Bar & Burger has the classic beer-and-shake combo covered. Bill’s offers three tiers of milkshakes: Classics, Signatures, and Monsters. Classic flavors are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, while Signatures include Cookies & Dream and s’mores-y Campfire. But the standout option is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb. It’s blended with Reese’s Pieces, salted peanuts, chocolate sauce, and peanut butter cups. We’ll see you there! Additional location in the Financial District (which is temporarily). Bill’s Bar & Burger’s Rockefeller Center location is located at 16 W. 51st St., 212-705-8510; downtown location: 85 West St., 212-894-3800, billsbarandburger.com
Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. (East Village)
Open in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Bushwick. Temporarily closed in SoHo and in the East Village.
If you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, stop by Oddfellows for an odd-in-a-good-way milkshake. One example of an old item is their White Russian shake with milk-flavored sherbert topped with Kahlua syrup and whipped cream with coffee soil top, for example (yes, please). You could also use their small-batch flavors like buttermilk honey blueberry or extra virgin olive oil as your base. Whatever your palate, we’d recommend you go flexible, as their available flavors can change on a daily and even hourly basis. Locations in the East Village, SoHo, Williamsburg, DUMBO, and Bushwick. SoHo: 55 E. Houston, 646-756-4377, oddfellowsnyc.com
Lexington Candy Shop (Upper East Side)
Open for outdoor dining.
Malted milkshakes make us think of the 1950s, soda shops, and sock hops. Come get a taste of the past at Lexington Candy Shop, which serves malted milkshakes sure to satisfy your craving for nostalgia. Malted milkshakes are made with malted milk powder, a slightly savory mixture of milk, barley, and wheat in powder form. Try chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry—and/or Lexington Candy Shop’s ever-changing flavor of the month! 1226 Lexington Ave., 212-288-0057, lexingtoncandyshop.net
Momofuku Milk Bar (East Village)
Open for outdoor dining and delivery. The flagship location is temporarily closed.
Known for their sweet treats and unique recipes, Momofuku Milk Bar definitely makes our list of best NYC milkshakes. Specifically, the Crunch Cereal Shake is one for the books. This Crunchy Cereal Milk Shake is blended with cornflakes to create a smooth yet crunchy texture that tastes like you’re slurping down the leftover milk in your morning breakfast bowl. The Birthday Cake Shake takes a similar approach, consisting of Cereal Milk Shake with birthday truffles blended in. Additional locations in Midtown West, Upper West Side, Nolita, Brooklyn, and more. 251 E. 13th St., 347-577-9504, milkbarstore.com
Taiyaki NYC (Chinatown)
Open for outdoor dining and curbside pickup.
What's better than a milkshake? A milk shake that comes with a souvenir pool float inspired drink holder! All of Taiyaki NYC ice cream is made in small-churned batches to preserve taste and the flavors are definitely delicious. Shakes can be made using any flavor of ice cream served, but we suggest Matcha. Taiyaki NYC has an additional location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 119 Baxter St., taiyakinyc.com
Harlem Shake (Harlem)
Open for delivery, outdoor dining, and takeout.
There are quite a few milkshakes to try at Harlem Shake (Black and White, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Cookies and Cream…just to name a few), but it’s their namesake menu option that tops the list. The Harlem Shake is a red velvet flavored creation, and it’s every bit as delicious as you would dare to imagine. Additional location in Harlem. 100 W. 124th St., 212-222-8300, harlemshakenyc.com
Bareburger (Midtown East)
Open for pickup and delivery.
Bareburger sources all of its ice cream from Blue Marble, the only certified-organic creamery that’s local to NYC—and trust us when we say you can taste the difference. The Banana Foster is a favorite, made with vanilla ice cream, banana, and caramel sauce. Also popular among New Yorkers is the Mexican Chocolate, made with chocolate ice cream, cayenne, cinnamon, and torched marshmallow. There are also 3 vegan options available (Mint Chocolate cookies 'N' Cream, Velvis, and Cococado). Additional locations in Upper West, Upper East, Greenwich Village, East Village, Chelsea, Midtown West, the Financial District, Brooklyn, and Queens. 514 Third Ave., 212-679-2273, bareburger.com
Van Leeuwen (East Village)
Open for walk-in services and delivery.
As far as we’re concerned, Van Leeuwen serves the best ice cream in the city (fighting words, we know). Their milkshakes pass with flying colors as well, since their made with small-batch artisanal ice cream. You can try flavors like Earl Grey Tea, Sicilian pistachio, or salted caramel. Van Leeuwen’s vegan, coconut-based ice cream is spectacular as well—ask for one scoop of vegan dark chocolate and one scoop of vegan peanut butter chocolate chip in your shake, and thank us later. Or wake up with an affogato: vanilla ice cream blended with plenty of chilled espresso. Locations in the East Village, West Village, the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Nolita, Lower East Side, SoHo, and several in Brooklyn. East Village: 48.5 E. 7th St., 646-476-3865, vanleeuwenicecream.com
—Additional reporting by Merrill Lee Girardeau, Samantha Aronson, and Patrick Gunn.
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