“Their coco is cuckoo!!” raves Barry Strugatz, bewitched by the coconut ice cream at Fabio’s in Brooklyn. This Dominican shop in Sunset Park scoops out dozens of varieties including tamarind, passion fruit, and soursop, says Puppimus, who recently chilled with a great strawberry-coconut smoothie. Flavors are delicious and true, DaveCook reports, notably coconut, guineo (green banana), and habichuelas con dulce (sweet creamed beans).

For sweet summer relief Jamaican-style, Dave suggests Taste the Tropics in Flatbush, which cranks out ice cream in flavors including Irish moss, Guinness stout, and the grain-based Great Nut, made with barley, malted wheat, and butterscotch.

And in an Indo-Caribbean corner of Queens, Little Guyana Bake Shop makes numerous island-inspired ice cream flavors such as stout and soursop, notes saria.

Summer in the city suddenly seems to be washing away in tropical-strength torrents. But it isn’t done yet, and there will be enough steamy days for taste tests and stylistic comparisons—for example, the lighter nieves at Fabio’s versus the creamier coolers at Taste the Tropics. “Try them both,” Dave urges.

Fabio’s Tropical Ices [Sunset Park]
4918 Fourth Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets), Brooklyn

Taste the Tropics [Flatbush]
1839 Nostrand Avenue (at Avenue D), Brooklyn

Little Guyana Bake Shop [Ozone Park]
124-13 Liberty Avenue (between 124th and 125th streets), Ozone Park, Queens

Little Guyana Bake Shop [Ozone Park]
116-04 Liberty Avenue (near 116th Street), Ozone Park, Queens

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