In as early as 3000 BC, a frozen mixture of rice and milk was created in China to cure heartaches in women as they pet their cats. Thanks to the introduction from Marco Polo to the European market, ice cream grew to sensational fame. New York City has since mastered the art of ice cream and we've rounded up the best ones to photograph and eat! It's always a great time for an ice cream date, and if it's a little cold outside, add some hot fudge to warm you up.

[Photos via @we_perceive, @tallaznguy]