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Local Ice Cream Parlor in Westchester

I've been trying to find some really good local ice cream parlors with house made cream, funky flavors, neighborhood feel - what I remember for Eddie's in Forest Hills when I was a kid - Eddie used to push each scoop off of the scooper with his fingers - drove the old folks nuts - we loved the place.

Although the cream at Frankie's in Dobbs Ferry is really good (but its mostly a pizza parlor), I haven't found it in the burbs yet. Where is the good cream at?


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  1. Very simple: Paleteria Fernandez in Port Chester is not to be missed. Best darn home made ice cream and shakes/drinks around. $1.25 for a scoop or $2.50 for a bar. They even have 2 sugar free options!

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    1. re: Kydd

      Kydd - thanks. The ice cream and ices are amazing. Some of the very best I've tried.


    2. Another good one is Longford's in Rye. The Oreo Bomb might possibly be more Oreo than ice cream. You can get a bite of ice cream with almost an entire Oreo in it. mmmmmm.. ice cream's good too. Nice and creamy. When they make a chocolate malt milkshake, they're spotty, but if you get the right person to make it, they're excellent.

      1. Yum, Eddies. I still remember their big bowl of fresh whipped cream!! I also remember the hot fudge sundaes from Addie Valens on Continental Avenue in Forest Hills.

        BTW, is Eddies still as good as it used to be (and reasonably priced)? My father lives maybe 10 minutes from there, my kids would love that place!

        1. Blue Pig in Croton has really good ice cream. No indoor seating, just benches and picnic tables outside. A great place to grab a cup or cone and people-watch.

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          1. re: marieber

            I used to love Blue Pig. Then it got sold and the new owner didn't make the interesting flavors that my family and I really liked (like coconut).

            Then Umami started having a good dessert menu, so we just eat dessert there instead of going to BP.

            Then we decided that the food at the Fishkill Umami was better than at the Croton location, so we started going there instead.

            1. re: MisterBill2

              I didn't know Blue Pig was sold. I was wondering where the banana cream pie ice cream went!! (I also love coconut)

              It's still good, though.

          2. Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown would get my vote. Has that old ice cream shop feel.

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            1. re: ltlevy

              Yeah, I guess Main Street Sweets is comparable, although I wasn't thrilled with their flavors, either (of course, when I go back to Eddie's I probably won't like it now either).

              1. re: MisterBill2

                At Main Street Sweets, try the Main Street Special -- coffee base, fudge, nuts -- oh my.

            2. Went to Paleteria Fernandez in Port Chester and thought it was excellent. I had the blackrasberry milk pop and a chocolate milkshake. Not many flavors for scoop ice cream but a very large and interesting selection for the milk and ice pops - would be great for stocking up in the freezer for a summer weekend backyard barbecue. Definitely worth a visit...

              1. If you are willing to go for gelato, Ossining Pizza (on Croton Avenue) has a gelato and pastry shop next door. Very yummy gelato, all kinds of flavors. The fruit ones are particuarly wonderful. Happy eating!

                Nancy C

                1. This was reviewed in the New York Times this past Sunday--the gelato is very good, and I was previously unaware that it is made on the premises!

                  1. If you are willing to take a trip to Mount Kisco, there are tons of places for ice cream and gelato. The best 2 (of course in my opinion) are La Tulipe (french bakery) and Bellizi (italian/pizza kid joint).

                    La Tulipe has many flavors including deep caramel, praline, malt (they have about 16 flavors) all made in the bakery. However, it is very expensive. Excellent texture and flavor.

                    Bellizzi changes their flavors regularly. But soooo creamy.

                    1. Eddie's in Forest Hills is still good as ever. The third generation is now working with Joe (the son of Eddie).

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                      1. re: mhlager

                        Wow. That's great. I have to get out there and show my kids where I grew up. Also right down Metropolitan Avenue there was Kraus' Candy - a small chocolate shop that made these melt in your mouth "cat's tongues". They were drips of chocolate that looked a bit like a tongue - at least to Austrian eyes. Still there?

                        1. re: wesfoodie

                          OMG!!!! I remember Kraus' Candy, my grandmother used to take me there for the old fashioned sponge candy. I am still trying to find some like it. I'm not sure how i wandered in here, but it sure brought back memories of being young and in Forest Hills.

                      2. Il Bocce in Bronxville (near train station) is an italian bistro and they have really amazing gelato

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                        1. re: jth

                          I'd second Il Bacio in Bxville, which has great salad in addition to the great gelato. I also like Here's the Scoop on 495 New Rochelle Road in Bxville. Not amazingly different, but good ice cream if you ask me.

                        2. Across from the Peekskill RR Station this CIA graqduate makes homemade ice cream with a real custard base.

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                          1. re: march33

                            What's the name of the place in Peekskill??? Thanks..

                          2. A Yonkers ice cream place that's very good and makes home made Mexican ice cream.

                            Paleteria La Michoacana, 407 South Broadway, Yonkers
                            914- 709-0439

                            1. Ossining Pizzeria in Roosevelt Square in Ossining has a gelateria right next door that they opened a few years back. Not truly ice cream but it is a treat if you’re in the area.

                              1. the Ossining place is awesome, tastes like what you get in Italy

                                1. There's another mexican ice cream place in New Rochelle - on North Avenue - don't quite remember the name of it, but its about a half mile or so north of where East Lincoln Avenue crosses over North avenue - its on the left going north on North.. Amazing variety of flavors - I had prune ice cream (whoda thunk this could be so good??) and they have fruit-based pops (blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, etc, with chunks of fruit in the pop) as well as home made scoop it up and put it on a cone flavors...

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                                  1. re: swept

                                    Yes, the Paleteria on North Avenue is a branch of the one on Union Avenue...milk pops are extraordinary.

                                  2. Don't know how far you are from Cincinatus, NY. Between Norwich and Courtland, we have a farm there. I was up there this summer a couple of weeks and we always stop at David's Ice Cream Stand. They have the best Black Raspberry yogurt, it's not flavored with that powder mix like everywhere else. It is the best Yogurt, Ice Cream I have ever tasted and my family swears by it. Actually we though for years it was ice cream! Then, this summer we found out we were eating yogurt the whole time, it is so creamy and melts slower than traditional ice cream which is a good thing. It's delicious! I wish I could bring it home with me to NM!!

                                    1. I guess not technically Westchester, just a bit further in Pawling is Heinchon (spelling?) in an old school house. By far the best ice cream I've had in the state!!! and their homemade fudge and freshly whipped whipped cream -- to die for!!!!

                                      1. Although it has been 5 years since I lived in Northern Westchester, I think these are still around:

                                        Red Rooster in Brewster has delicious soft serve, vanilla and chocolate. on Rt 22 where 684 ends.

                                        Also, if you are in Ridgefield, Mr. Shane's on Main Street has wonderful homemade ice cream. Not sure if he is open all winter.

                                        And another soft serve place is Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop on Rt 7 heading towards Danbury.

                                        1. red rooster is still there! I usually stop by for a burger on the way home from the race track at lebenon valley