Dining out: Melt Bakery, La Newyorkina, People’s Pops on the High Line, NYC

On a hot day there's nothing better than an ice cream sammie that didn't come from a factory.

When we were kids summer days were all about the pool. And the pool was all about the ice cream truck. Now we’re grownups and instead of the pool, we’re strolling the High Line in NYC and enjoying the summer heat. We’re not crazy, we just love the ice cream carts featuring ice cream sandwiches made with tasty gourmet cookies and filled with fancy ice creams. We’ve traded the Rocket pops for paletas made from frozen hunks of fruit and vegetable purees, studded with fresh herbs. And they all taste better than what we remember. Who says getting older isn’t fun?

Melt Bakery’s ice cream sammies bring good humor to a whole new level. Snag a Morticia (crackly chocolate cookies filled with chocolate rum ice cream) or a Classic (chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream). Melt freezes the little buggers so you can take a stroll on even the most sultry day and enjoy a cold, delicious snack that won’t run down your arm. Here’s hoping they rock their new storefront.

Take your pick of delicious ice cream sandwiches from Melt's cart on the High Line.

If you prefer your frozen confections more fruity than creamy, look for La New Yorkina’s popsicles. With tasty flavors like passionfruit cherry with whole cherries, cucumber lime, mango chili, and hibiscus, you’ll be transported to the Mexico of Fany Gerson’s childhood. Worth the trip (to the High Line), I tell ya.

All that great fruity flavor without all the sugar. Also featured at the Hester Street Fair.

And if after all that your frozen food itch hasn’t been properly scratched, then head for People’s Pops for some shave ice. Can’t decide between the watermelon and the rhubarb? Have both! And feel good about it- all of their flavors are seasonal and made with sustainable, locally grown fruits, veggies, and herbs.

Whipping together a cold, refreshing treat on the High Line.

Check the website for locations and venues.

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