5 Offbeat Ways to Beat the Heat in NYC

Summer’s not over yet, and neither is the humidity in New York City. While heading to the beach, playing in the city’s water parks, and guzzling down cool beverages isn’t a bad idea, these five offbeat ways to beat the heat are way more fun. We know, that’s a bold statement to make — but based on these crazy concoctions, we’re willing to take the bet.

Beat the Heat NYC: The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel (Midtown West)

If The Palm Court isn’t already on your bucket list, you’ll want to add it now. Stop by before Labor Day to try out their latest drink and dessert combos. Having partnered with NOLET’s Gin, you can now order a Peach Fizz paired with a Peach Tea sorbet if you’re feeling fruity. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, opt for the rose-hued Gin Blush served with rose and lychee ice cream. Is your mouth watering yet? 768 Fifth Ave., 212-546-5300, 

Beat the Heat NYC: Wu Kong (Chinatown)

We’ve seen cookies and ice cream, and we’ve seen cupcakes and ice cream, but one thing we haven’t yet seen (until now!) is cotton candy and ice cream. Wu Kong serves up a cone of your choosing surrounded be a floating cloud of cotton candy. Add on all the ice cream toppings you want, including on top of your cloud of cotton candy, and then dig in. This stuff literally melts in your mouth. 109-B Lafayette St., 917-346-0051

Beat the Heat NYC: Bingbox Snow Cream (East Village)

Bingbox Snow Cream is shaved ice at its best. Choose between flavors such as Thai Tea, Taro, Mango, Honeydew, Matcha, and Milk Tea, then watch as liquid is poured into a machine and transformed to shaved ice before your eyes. This modern take on Korean shaved ice is sure to keep you cool this summer. Finish your dessert off with toppings such as cereal, fruit, waffle cookies, jellies, and mochi. 125 Second Ave., 917-675-7454,

Beat the Heat NYC: Morgenstern’s (Lower East Side)

Right off the bat, you might wonder why Morgenstern’s makes the cut of offbeat ways find your chill in New York City. Order up a serving of their Black Coconut Ash ice cream, and you’ll probably stop wondering. This unique flavor of ice cream actually uses activated charcoal in its ingredients, making it a one-of-a-kind experience to be had in New York City. 2 Rivington St., 212-209-7684,

Beat the Heat NYC: Milk and Cream Cereal Bar (Little Italy)

Cereal doesn’t have to be just for breakfast. In fact, thanks to Little Italy’s Milk and Cream Cereal bar, we’ll take it any time of the day. Cereal lovers can rejoice, as all the big-name brands of the classic breakfast item can be found here. The spin? Choose your cereal and then have it pureed into a serving of ice cream. Add on some drizzles and toppings, and you’re in dessert heaven. 159 Mott St.,

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