5 Best Ice Cream Places in NYC

Every time I see a yummy looking ice cream on Instagram, I take note. At this point in the summer, I have probably had more ice cream than anything else in New York City. Don’t worry—I’m not sad about it. My physical gain can be your gain too because today I am rounding up the best of the ice cream places in NYC.

Trust me—you want to try them all!


Chickalicious Ice Cream Places in NYC

Chickalicious was by far my favorite ice cream place. It is soft serve inside a churro cone that is lined with nutella. I know. I found heaven and you need to go also. Make sure to bring a friend with you because this $10 cone is quite large and perfect to share! Plus, sharing makes saving a few dollars.


Milk Ice Cream Places in NYC

Milk is easily one of the places I have seen on Instagram the most, and for good reason. It was delicious. It tastes exactly like…you guessed it…MILK! I would highly recommend getting the crunch topping. I have gone twice and once got the sprinkles, as shown above, and I think the crunch was much tastier. It gives you the exact taste of enjoying a big old bowl of cereal. Only better and sweeter!

Black Tap

Black Tap: Ice Cream Places in NYC

Not exactly ice cream, but I would consider milkshakes one in the same. Black Tap has a line that goes around the block, but it is worth it for the experience (and the photo). The milkshake it self is pretty basic in flavor; however, the toppings, especially the chocolate circles, are amazing. They have a unique flavor that really makes the milkshake worthwhile!

This is another ice cream I would recommend sharing. It is huge and $15 dollars, so splitting it will save your wallet some pain.

As far as the wait goes, the key to getting in quickly is to be flexible. A man came out because there were two spots available at a table. The only catch? You had to order food in addition to the milkshake. My friend and I quickly volunteered and were able to cut the entire. Making our wait a 45 minutes instead of two hours…


Amarillo: Ice Cream Places in NYC

If you like gelato, you will LOVE Amorino. You can pick any flavors and have them constructed into a beautiful flower. I choose tiramisu and pistachio, so the colors are a bit dull, but it was amazing.

Big Gay Ice Cream

I completely forgot to take a picture of my ice cream here because I was way too excited, but trust me. It was good. I ordered the Salty Pimp, which is vanilla soft serve with dulce de leche, sea salt, and chocolate dip. It was absolutely amazing and honestly quite different than most other soft serves I have had. There are two locations, so

Know More Ice Cream Places in NYC?

If you know of other Ice Cream places in NYC that I need to try, please let me know!

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~Alana Robin

Cheap Healthy Snacks for Finals

With finals season coming up, I am in desperate need for some cheap healthy snacks. I don’t know about you guys, but I am constantly hungry while I study—probably from slight boredom—so I have had to develop the perfect snack plan to keep myself running to Insomnia Cookies every 20 minutes. I am all about treating yourself, but the truth is, constantly eating out during finals is super expensive and super unhealthy. No good all around.

Fruit and Veggies

At the beginning of study period, I like to cut up apples. and put them in a upperware. From there, I can bring a bag of them with peanut butter to the library for a yummy and healthy snack.

Trail Mix

I love trail mix. It can be a bit expensive, so I like to buy a huge tub and then separate it out into portioning ziploc bags. They are perfect to grab and go, and don’t spoil when you leave them in your backpack for a few hours—days—before eating.


If you have a few extra minutes, I would highly recommend making a smoothie before you hit the libraries. Smoothies are super healthy and are the perfect breakfast that you can drink on the go! I like to make mine with frozen berries, yogurt, honey, and a dash of milk. It is a great way to get your fruit fix for cheap!

I make my smoothies the night before in a Magic Bullet, and then grab it in the morning. The best part is that the Magic Bullet makes it so you can take the cup you blend in on-the-go, which is perfect for the lazy and busy girl, like me.

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Cheese and Crackers

Let’s be honest. During finals all I want is to order a pizza. I love pizza, and it is such an easy meal. Now, after years of fighting with myself over pizza, I have learned the great magic that is melting cheese on crackers. Simple, I know, but it fills your cheese craving in a much healthier, cheaper way. Also, it is ready in 30 seconds! It is the perfect cheap healthy snack to quickly whip up between study sessions.

Pro-Tip: Put pesto on your crackers before the cheese if you want to feel fancy!


As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals and manage your college life! With these planning tips, I show you how to have an amazing snack time without breaking the bank and while keeping healthy. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share options that are fabulous and delicious, yet affordable for your lifestyle. I aim for things to be well below your average price range, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. These ideas will make for some delicious and cheap healthy snacks!

~Alana Robin


5 Minute Ramen Hack

College. Between running from class to attending club meetings, hectic is an understatement. I spend my days busy as a bee, so when I get home I want to have some delicious food. Sadly, I only have have so much time to cook and so much money in my bank account. Recently, I have gotten a little crafty in the kitchen though, and came up with a ramen hack that can be done in under five minutes.

5 minute ramen hack



  • 1 Package of Ramen
  • A handful of Frozen Veggies
  • A handful of Kale Spring Mix
  • 1 Egg

All of these ingredients are likely already in your fridge and cost roughly 2 dollars! Now that’s a meal my wallet can appreciate.



Once your water has come to a boil, toss in your ramen and frozen veggies. These should take roughly 4 minutes to cook.

Tip: Make sure you have the seasoning in the whole time the ramen is boiling. This helps the veggies soak up the yummy flavor!



While your ramen and veggies are cooking, spray a little cooking oil in a tray and crack an egg. I usually leave the egg on high heat for about 60 seconds, then flip it for another 60 seconds.



Once your egg is done, there should be about a minute left for your boiling ramen. For this last minute, add in your kale spring mix. Tips: Saving the lettuce for the last minute keeps it from shriveling up and getting over cooked.



Now that everything is cooked, put it all together in a bowl and add your seasoning for the complete ramen hack. I added a bit of crushed red and black pepper, but would also recommend hot sauce if you want something super spicy!


As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals! For under $2, you can make this dish. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share options that are fabulous, yet affordable. This post is especially near and dear to my heart, because I love yummy and fast food ideas. I aim for things to be well below your average price range, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 
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Looking for something sweet to eat today?  Check out my simple steps to a fast and festive snack on Dormify!