The Seven Sweets

The best of summer's sweet treats

Summer in its prime brings with it endless opportunities (and excuses) to eat of-the-moment ice creams, sorbets and pies. We've got the scoop on seven sweet favorites, each just waiting to be devoured.

THE SWEET WHY WE LOVE IT

Watermelon Sorbet ($4.75)

Antonio Barros Biagi, owner of A.B. Biagi in Nolita, scoops masterfully creamy and rich chocolate and pistachio gelati, but it's the watermelon sorbet ($4.75 for a small) that screams summer. Lightly pink, a heaving cupful is dense in flavor and texture–and vegan to boot.

White Nectarine Raspberry Shortcake ($11)

Pastry chef Kierin Baldwin's desserts are always steeped in Americana without feeling old-fashioned. Get to The Dutch in Soho now for her white nectarine raspberry shortcake: Split and stuffed with honey cream, it's accompanied by a lemon-thyme granita ($11).
Just Beet It Sundae ($9) If you haven't sidled up to the counter at Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens lately, it's time for a dose of serious soda fountain nostalgia. Idle over the Just Beet It Sundae ($9), a proper glass dish loaded down with scoops of vanilla ice cream, sweet beet sauce, granola, whipped cream and fresh mint.
Blood Orange Creamsicle ($6) Stop by Creative Juice, Danny Meyer's new West Village ground-floor juice bar and rooftop pop-up at the Equinox at Printing House, for lactose- and gluten-free, kosher, vegan push-pops from Alchemy Creamery. The coconut-based blood orange creamsicle ($6) is garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds.
Tagaytay ($8) Bumping East Village spot Jeepney makes thick Filipino shakes with dynamic ingredients such as creamed corn and ube ice cream. Our favorite of the bunch is the tagaytay ($8), a traditional avocado shake. Pale green in color, it combines whole and coconut milks with ripe avocados and a tad of sugar.
Blueberry Pie ($4.50) The pie mavens of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus' charming pie destination, really strut their stuff during summer fruit season. Settle in at one of the wooden tables with a slice of blueberry pie kicked up with lavender ($4.50) and a tall iced coffee.
Snoball ($4) Even if Alder, Wylie Dufresne's new East Village restaurant, is jam-packed, you can waltz in and out in a jiffy with a Snoball to go. Choose from grapefruit-chamomile or Tootsie Pop-flavored icy drifts ($4).