Chunky sorella at Stellina The heat of an NYC summer justified our daily ration of this exquisite gelato, but long after the cold arrives we'll still be coming back for more. Condensed milk and kosher salt crystals season an ultracreamy caramel base. The massive scoops are laced with rich, earthy drizzles of Valrhona fudge and stippled with crunchy bits of chocolate-dipped Snyder's pretzels. 95 Allen St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-274-9555)
3) Spot (st marks btn 2nd & 3rd Ave or w 32nd st btn 6th & 5th Ave) : Located in the heart of the East Village, Spot serves tapas-style desserts infused with green tea, yuzu and kabocha. Try the Golden Toast—a new take on classic French toast—with condensed milk ice cream, drizzled honey and fresh strawberries. Pair it with a black rose tea.
Rideiby Peña, the chef, and his wife, Altagracia Peña. The restaurant’s name is an allusion to the promised land of milk and honey — although, Ms. Peña said, friends sometimes joke that it also describes her and her husband’s complexions. (Photo: Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times)