15 Brooklyn Milkshakes To Try Right Now

By Elizabeth Kohen | August 22, 2018

Milkshake connoisseurs, it’s hard to go wrong with the deliciousness of ice cream mixed with milk in any season, but now is the ideal time to get the last of your ice-creamy kicks in before the cold weather starts breezing through. Below are the best milkshakes our borough has to meet your milkshake needs.

Ample Hills Creamery

This kid-friendly scoop shop specializes in small-batch ice creams made from a variety of ever-changing local, organic ingredients. Their wacky flavors typically involve a thick, creamy base with chunks of crunchy, cakey, and/or gooey mix-ins. When whipped together with Batenkill Valley whole milk, any flavor milkshake you choose will be delicious. Give their award-winning salted crack caramel a try if you’re in the mood for a smoky, rich and decadent shake. Another classic, Ooey Gooey, offers chunks of butter cake swirled into a creamy vanilla. If you’re feeling indecisive, opt for The Munchies with a mix of pretzels, Ritz crackers, potato chips, and mini M&Ms in vanilla ice cream. You can even get creative and mix flavors, like chocolate and Fluff and Stuff, a peanut butter ice cream with marshmallows and peanut butter cookie crumbles.

Ample Hills Creamery

Multiple Locations:

623 Vanderbilt Avenue
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

305 Nevins Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dekalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square West
Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201

New 15,000SF factory/museum & ice cream shop:
421 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Seasonally, they operate at Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights.

Arepera Guacuco

This laid-back yet lively family-owned Venezuelan restaurant serves amazingly fresh and affordable arepas and the best coconut milkshake you will ever taste. This creamy specialty shake is served in a simple mason jar topped with cinnamon and a maraschino cherry.

Arepera Guacuco

Multiple Locations:

44 Irving Avenue
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 11237

360 Throop Avenue
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Bareburger

Milkshakes

Image courtesy of Bareburger

Made with organic, pasture-raised, all-natural Blue Marble ice cream and topped with sweet, gooey caramel sauce, the Bananas Foster Milkshake is a thing of beauty. Enjoy it with a side of sweet potato fries or onion rings and an organic, grass-fed beef burger. You can also request off-menu milkshake options like PB&J, which includes generous heaps of organic peanut butter and an ample swirl of sweet jam.

Bareburger

Multiple Locations:

170 7th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215

149 Court Street
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Blue Collar

Toeing the line between fast food and fancy, this simple and affordable counter-order joint is often compared to Shake Shack, but without the long lines. Their hand-spun cookies and cream shake is thick, creamy, and highly slurpable.

Blue Collar
160 Havemeyer Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Brooklyn Bowl

At this hip, high-tech bowling alley, the Blomberg brothers of Blue Ribbon fame conceived of a thick and boozy Bourbon Street Shake, made with Nutella. This compelling concoction reminds you of your childhood coupled with adulthood and a pinch of New Orleans naughtiness.

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

Housed in a fully restored 1920s apothecary in Carroll Gardens, step back in time while enjoying old-time classics; among them the best Black and White milkshake the city has to offer. Fresh, locally sourced vanilla ice cream from Adirondack Creamery is the base for their hand-churned creations. For the Black and White, a tall glass is swirled with thick homemade hot fudge and a vanilla shake is poured inside, topped with freshly-made whipped cream and an all-natural maraschino cherry. You can request any type of shake you can dream up, and they will do their best to make it happen—even if that means heading to a nearby bodega for the ingredients. Most of their flavored syrups are homemade. You can also try blending in their house-made honey-flavored peanut butter.

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
513 Henry Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Butter & Scotch

This clever craft cocktail bar and bakery makes an unbelievably tasty boozy shake. Try the Nameshake with Blue Marble vanilla ice cream, butterscotch caramel, and Monkey Shoulder scotch, topped with whipped cream, or sip a Pretty in Pink with Aperol, rosé wine, and seltzer, blended with strawberry ice cream. You could also opt for a pie shake with flavorful chunks of pie blended with a selection of ice cream flavors. Try the bourbon ginger pecan pie with an all-butter crust, organic Texan pecans, Kentucky bourbon, and lots of ginger with vanilla ice cream, or S’mores with a house-made graham crust, milk chocolate custard, and freshly-toasted marshmallow.

Butter & Scotch
818 Franklin Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Clinton Park Café

This quaint and cozy neighborhood diner hits the spot when you’re in search of an affordable, classic creamy chocolate or vanilla milkshake. The owner Steve knows the regulars by name and the food is reliably good.

Clinton Park Café
274 Hall Street
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Dumont Burger

This neighborhood standby consistently serves up a deliciously thick and tasty classic chocolate, vanilla, or half and half (a swirled mix of chocolate and vanilla). You might also want a side of their beloved Dumac & Cheese or a buttery burger on a brioche bun to complement your shake.

Dumont Burger
314 Bedford Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dutch Boy

Head here for the Wake Up Shake with a coffee ice cream base, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream, or a Bourbon Spiked Shake with house-made bourbon. You can also stick to booze-free options like Nutella & Banana, Toasted Marshmallow, or a dairy-free oat milk shake.

Dutch Boy
766 Franklin Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Jacques Torres

Chocolate Milkshake

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If you want a shake with a kick, try the Wicked Spicy Frozen Hot Chocolate made with 60% dark chocolate and a secret blend of spices that include chipotle chili peppers and ground ancho for a refreshing treat. You can also opt for a shake made with any of their premium ice creams and pair it with their delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Jacques Torres
66 Water Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Momofuku Milk Bar

This popular hotspot combines its famous soft serve ice cream with organic milk in novelty flavors (booze optional) for creamy, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Specialty flavors include mix-ins like fruity cereal milk and white rum for the Fruit Cereal Milk Shake, tequila and lemon honey syrup for the Yuzu Cherryrita, simple syrup, Frangelico, and Crack Pie soft serve for the Nut Crack’r, and B’Day Cake Truffles blended with Cereal Milk soft serve for the Birthday Cake Shake.

Momofuku Milk Bar

Multiple Locations in Brooklyn:

382 Metropolitan Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

360 Smith Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.

This offbeat ice cream shop was founded by James Beard nominated pastry chef Sam Mason of WD~50 fame. Milkshakes are whipped up with locally-sourced milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery combined with any of their rotating small-batch unique flavors. Coffee lovers, try the cold brew milkshake with Stumptown coffee on draft. For adventurers, try a more unique offering: toast and chorizo caramel swirl, tobacco leaf-smoked chili huckleberry, burnt marshmallow, saffon passion fruit, miso cherry, banana pudding, pretzel, and more.

Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.
175 Kent Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Shake Shack

Pride Milkshake

Image courtesy of Shake Shack

We feel partial to the hand-spun salted caramel milkshake, thick and rich with frothy lumps of frozen custard. Every sip is transporting.

Shake Shack

Multiple Locations in Brooklyn:

170 Flatbush Avenue
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11217

1 Old Fulton Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

409 Fulton Street
Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11201

Van Leeuwen

Known for their use of specialty ingredients, their ice cream is made locally from scratch in Greenpoint, with simple, all-natural ingredients: fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. Vegan varieties are crafted with cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. Their shakes are creamy, decadent perfection.

Van Leeuwen

Multiple Locations in Brooklyn:

81 Bergen Street
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11201

620 Manhattan Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222

204 Wythe Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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