When You're Done Screaming: 5 Best NYC Spots to Hit Up After Visiting The Museum of Ice Cream

Chances are, you've heard about the insanely popular pop-up that came to 100 Gansevoort Street in New York City at the start of the summer, the Museum of Ice Cream, which boasts edible balloons, a massive pool of sprinkles you can dive into, and, of course, free ice cream.

There was such a craze that they had to limit the number of tickets they made available, but just announced they would release more tickets last week for $18 a pop.

Of course, it's entirely possible you missed those too. Either that, or you were unwilling to take your funds to Craigslist and splurge for $100.

Although a one-of-a-kind exploit, not to mention all the awesome pictures that have been flooding Instagram and Facebook, the entire experience takes only an hour or so. 

So what do you do after you've been immersed in all that sugary sweet goodness? We have a few ideas.

1. Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue)

A veritable urban treasure chest of goodies, the Chelsea Market caters to all kinds of tastes and desires. And since you just came from a sweet indulgence, why not keep it going? Pop by L'Arte del Gelato and sample a different type of cold treat, one that's become a NYC legend.


From the irresistible smells of Amy's Bread and The Doughnuttery to the eye-catching finds of Corkbuzz Wine Studio and Kingdom of Herbs, there's something for everyone as you wander the rustic corridors of this beloved neighborhood mecca.

2. Plunge Pool Bar (18 9th Avenue, 14th Floor)


Need something to wash down all those sprinkles? Head on over to the Gansevoort Hotel and take the elevator up to this swanky poolside bar. If you make it before the evening crowd, you'll be able to grab a seat on their wraparound outdoor terrace.

The views of the Hudson and New Jersey are nothing to sneeze at, but the real views come when the sun goes down as the bar begins to fill with Chanel and Gucci–bag-toting scenesters looking to see and be seen. The people watching is more than worth the price of a couple of cocktails.

3. Painting Lounge (39 West 14th Street, Suite 401)


Only a hop, skip and a jump away from the ice cream scene is another artsy and colorful indulgence, the Painting Lounge, an art studio with a variety of classes to teach you how to create your own visual masterpiece. But there special kicker here is that it's BYOB.

That's right. In their super chill classes you can bring your own beer, wine or champagne to accompany you and your friends in your artistic endeavor. The studio is also kind enough to provide cups, bottle openers, corkscrews and a refrigerator to house all your extra materials.

4. The High Line (Gansevoort & Washington Street)

In 2009, NYC opened an area that changed the game when it came to taking a stroll through the park. Built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the city streets, The High Line continually grew in length as it did with greenery and special stops as it stretched 1.45 miles up the West Side.


Located steps away from the Museum of Ice Cream is the southern-most entrance to the park, a great starting point to take the entire trek up to 34th Street. The clusters of flora and fauna you pass only further accentuate this urban marvel, which also hosts events like stargazing and group meditation.

5. Bagatelle (1 Little West 12th Street)


If that ice cream only served as a precursor to dinner, make sure you leave room for one of the city's finest French bistros, sitting literally across the street from the museum itself. With multiple locations around the world, the flagship NYC restaurant settled in the Meatpacking District in 2012.

Since then, it's brought European flair back to an otherwise industrialized area as the neighborhood began to evolve into the happening hotspot it is today. Pop in for lunch to try their B.A.G.L.T., a loaded BLT with avocado and goat cheese on Pullman bread, and their Parmesan & Truffle "Pommes Frites."

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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