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Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

Now that summer is almost here I'm looking for a great mom-n-pop ice cream place. No Carvels, Cold Stones, or other chains please.

I prefer places that make thier own ice cream with fresh REAL ingredients. (If I see one more tub of pistacio ice cream dyed green I'm going to scream!)

Also, know of any place that carries "sweet cream" as a flavor? SO hard to find!


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  1. Ugh, I can't remember the name but I know there's a good/cute ice cream place in Nyack, great area to stroll around too.

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    1. re: cfliegler

      I think your talking about Temptations Cafe. Great Joint.

      1. re: cfliegler

        That's Rockland, not Westchester, but I would second Temptations. Love the peppermint stick ice cream.

        1. re: marmite

          the ice cream at temptations is *amazing*. as a very discriminating chocolate fan, i have to say that their "killer chocolate" is to die for- intense moussey flavor and really smooth texture. if you're not a chocolate fan (well first of all i don't think we will get along) try the coconut almond joy, a close second. i think temptations is supplied by "jane's homemade", a small company based in the hudson valley.

      2. Main Street Sweets on Main St. in Tarrytown (a few shops down the block from Lefteris Gyro) has delicious homemade ice cream. Try their Nutella flavor if they have it!

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        1. re: lizrdkng67

          I lived in T'town until recently, and also thought Main Street Sweets was all "homemade" ice cream. But not long ago, I saw an ice cream delivery truck parked outside during the day. I forget the name on the truck, a brand I had never heard of, but it appeared that at least some of the MSS ice cream was delivered by a third-party source.

          That said, I've enjoyed the ice cream quite a bit there and look forward to comparing it to Sweet Central in Peekskill, where I now live.

          1. re: Dave the H.

            Remember the Woody Allen movie where he pulls Marshall McLuhan out from behind a billboard to tell the next guy in line he doesn't know what he is talking about? I'm having that kind of moment. It happens that my husband is the guy who makes almost all of the Main Streets Sweets ice cream, right there in their basement (if he can't get there, one of the family members who own the place makes it). My husband's family owned Sweet Cravings in Hartsdale, of blessed memory, and my sweetie still has the touch. The truck you saw was delivering ingredients. Do go in and enjoy the ice cream that is indeed made on the premises! They had a fire in the store a few weeks ago, so they are now featuring a new flavor, called "holy soot" -- heavy on the chocolate.

            1. re: VFresser

              Your hubby's ice cream rocks! Looking forward to trying "Holy Soot"! Please tell him to keep up the good work!

              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                That's the name, Sweet Cravings. Thanks VFresser, your ice cream was outstanding.

        2. Great Mexican paleta (ice cream pop) shop in Port Chester - Paleteria Fernandez. Regular and unusual flavors - from pistachio and oreo (more oreo taste than you can even imagine) to mamey, dulce de leche, chongo and even avocado. A few flavors are available in scoopable ice cream too. They also have frozen juice pops, various horchatas (rice drinks) and fresh mango with or without salt, lime and hot sauce. Everything is home made and extremely fresh. It's on Main Street.

          Longford's Own Made Ice Cream - one in Rye and one in Larchmont - are okay and they have something of an "old-fashioned" feel to them - don't know about "sweet cream".

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          1. re: laylag

            yeah, paleteria is my "go-to" ice cream place in westchester. Great stuff, portable if you wish, and an amazing variety. Blackberry, avocado, pistachio and dulce de leche are my favorites.

            1. re: laylag

              Longford's is a scam. They use a commercial base that includes carrageenan (seaweed thickener) and other additives. The base comes in half gallon containers that they pour into the machines. I like the Blue Pig in Croton for best American style ice cream, but the Paleria Fernandez is tops for bright flavors and exoticism.

              1. re: nrxchef

                Eww - nrxchef - I'm so glad you posted this. As I posted above I also thought it just okay and don't like their "sold by weight" policy but additives and carrageenan in an ice cream shop billed as "own made" is simply unacceptable. Thanks.

                1. re: nrxchef

                  That is what they use in their "soft serve" machines, not in the homemade 'hard' ice cream.

                  1. re: momof3

                    momof3, I went on the Longford's website and they oddly don't mention it being natural (soft serve or hard) or that it doesn't contain addititves. They mention the high quality of the fruit, chocolate, etc, etc. but nothing that would contradict nrxchef's comments. Do you have solid information otherwise?

                    1. re: laylag

                      I have the base ingredients supplied by Longford's. They do use carrageen which is a seaweed extract used to stabilize milk products. Here is the list :
                      Tahitian Vanilla & Vanilla

                      16% Super Premium Ice Cream

                      Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Skim Milk Powder, Sucrose, Corn Syrup, Guar Gum, Mono Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, and Carrageenan.

                      All other flavors

                      Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Nonfat Dry Milk, Stabilizers (Mono-diglycerides, Cellulose, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan), Vitamin D2.

                      I am not thrilled about the corn syrup or the "stabilizers" either.
                      Ice cream has never claimed to be a health food.

                      1. re: momof3

                        Not a health food because it's high in fat, sugar and calories but I don't expect in an "own made" labeled ice cream parlor to have the additives you described. That's supermarket ice cream.

                        1. re: momof3

                          Own made--with chemicals and stabilizers!

                2. This thread has some good suggestions... my favorite is Ossining Pizza's gelato shop next door-- unbelievably good!


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                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    I second Paleteria Fernandez. Yummy & very fresh. They make everything right there.
                    North Main St. in Port Chester (next to Kevin's nail salon).

                    1. re: LHorch

                      Just went to Paleteria Fernandez this weekend and have to thank the Chowhounds for this tasty rec. I had the milk and cinnamon flavor and it was extra special creamy delicious. The strawberry and cream flavor is also super fresh and exquisitely fruity. This place is definitely worth a visit (and cheap too!)

                  2. Here's The Scoop on New Rochelle Rd in Chester Heights is amazing! They serve Longford's ice cream and the whole atmosphere is just really fun! They don't have many plain flavors but the quality of Longford's ice cream is like heavenly! I just had this new flavor that they had... it was Sweet Cream ice cream with chunks of chocolate covered graham crackers... soooo good!

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                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                      This place has closed but Main St Sweets has moved into its locations.

                    2. Check out the Blue Pig in Croton. It's by the corner of Old Post Road and Maple Street (just a couple minutes off Rte. 9).

                      1. There's a place that sells frozen custard in peekskill thats really good. It in that area where the train station is.

                        1. Sweet Central at 51 Hudson Street in Peekskill is awesome! It is Frozen Custard and they have several sauces like dark chocolat milk chocolate and caramel. They also make beautiful custom cakes. To die for!

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                          1. re: annrudy

                            marmite, is that Temptations the same one which left Hartsdale a few years back? They did indeed have good ice cream.

                            Paleterias are good for what they are, but they're not Jahn's stick my head in a gallon of ice cream good.

                            I was disappointed in Longford's, as I met too much air while I was working my way to the bottom of their handpacked pints. Handpacked to me means I shouldn't find a smidge of space.

                            I won't step into a Cold Stone Creamery, too gimmicky, too nouveaux White Plains.

                            There is a gelato place in Bronxville that I hear tell is good.

                            Otherwise, I have to make do with my pints of Haagen Daz Dulce De Leche, when they go on sale.

                            1. re: dolores

                              Doesn't Longford's charge by weight?

                              What is the name of the gelato place in Bronxville and where is it?

                              1. re: aunteejoy

                                Yes, Longford's does charge by weight under the guise of never charging you for more than you get when in actuality it is just a gimmick for inventory control. Ice cream shop clerks generally will overfill not underfill a cup or cone of whatever size so really, the pay by weight is not to the customer's advantage.

                                However, Dolores, when buying pints or quarts at Longfords, you can be assured that even if you had an air pocket, you didn't pay for the air.

                                1. re: aunteejoy

                                  Sorry, aunteejoy, I don't remember the name of the place in Bronxville. I have only seen it mentioned on this board.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    I live in B'ville and don't know of any gelato place. We have Haagan Daz and that's it. Maybe one of the pizza places is making some?

                                    Note: I just did a search and found out that the pizza/Italian place, Il Bacio has gelato. I don't know if it is homemade or not.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      That's the place, JMF, Il Bacio. Don't know if it is homemade, but it is supposed to be good.

                                      I'm glad to see others are not impressed with Longford's. I believe last I was there, I had three scoops and the cost was $7.00. It wasn't worth it, by any stretch of the imagination.

                                      1. re: dolores

                                        Il Bacio's gelato is from Italy and it's excellent

                                    2. re: dolores

                                      I second Il Bacio all around - pizza, pasta (bolognese) and gelato are all very good. Service if fair, it's a bit crowded but very casual with a good vibe. Nice takeout.

                                  2. re: dolores

                                    I don't like Cold Stone either. Ice cream tastes gummy/pasty to me. but what is nouveux White Plains? Is that meant to be an insult to the new White Plains?
                                    My fave is Longford's. I love the Mud Pie, Chocolate crunch (with caramel and chocolate crunchies), the georgia peach is great too. My kids are very partial to the Cookie Monster (blue vanilla ice cream with baked chocolate cookie pieces) and Cotton Candy (pink cotton candy flavored ice cream with rainbow sprinkles).
                                    Also, can't wait to try paleteria in PC this summer!

                                    1. re: dolores

                                      Dolores- I don't know. I never went to the Hartsdale one, but the Nyack one has been here at least 7-8 years, maybe longer. Their site is
                                      http://www.temptationscafe.com/. It says they serve Jane's Homemade ice cream, and I think this is their site: http://www.janesicecream.com/.

                                      I'll try to remember to ask them about Hartsdale the next time I walk by. I had an intern who worked there after he worked at my office, and gave us free ice cream constantly. That was a fun summer. :)

                                  3. The blackberry Ice Cream at Longfords is my favorite in Westchester. Not as good as the Blackberry Ice Cream at Lewis' in Provincetown, but for Westchester standards its great!~

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                                    1. re: RawTunaFan

                                      Wow, it seems Westchester is really lacking in the ice cream depatrment.

                                      I grew up in CT and there were a few places in rural towns there that truly made thier own ice cream and never put any additives and dyes in. I guess there aren't many places that make real ice cream any more.

                                      1. re: OrganicLife

                                        That's one of the things that's so outstanding about the paleterias.

                                        1. re: OrganicLife

                                          They still have a lot of places like that in Boston and the surrounding areas. I'm not sure why Westchester cant have that either, since we're near the Hudson Valley and lots of farms there.

                                          1. re: jeanki

                                            I know. I went to college in Boston - fabulous, homemade ice cream everywhere. It can be done.

                                      2. Try Classico in White Plains on Mamaroneck Avenue - South end betwen A'Mangiare and Italian Pavilion - their gelato is excellent as well.

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                                        1. re: dinesout

                                          Classico is decent but isn't top notch good, the flavors are a little off somehow. They have both gelato and regular ice cream.

                                        2. I'll second Miki's reco for Here's the Scoop in Bronxville (Chester Heights). The place is MAD clean and really friendly and they have some cool flavors like Chocolate Cherry Avalanche or something. Plus some of the girls that work there are way hot too!

                                          1. I'd go with The Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson.

                                            1. I tried Sweet Cream (the place, not the flavor) in Port Chester after reading about it somewhere and while their gelato was terrible (maybe an off night? it was practically rock solid) the pistachio (no fake green pistachio here!) ice cream was UNBELIEVABLE. The ice cream is in run-of-the-mill flavors; the gelato has some special flavors-- I sampled but I had to pass given the quality. I would stick to Paleteria Fernandez for sure unless I was craving that pistachio...

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                                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                I heard Sweet Cream was run by a colombian family that, like paleteria fernandez, sort of transported their business from there to here. Is that true? (maybe I'm thinking of a different place?)

                                                Anyhow, thanks for the pistachio nod!

                                                1. re: adamclyde

                                                  I had read that it was Colombian, so it's probably the same place you're talking about. It's an interesting little place-- besides the ice cream and gelato, they have bakery items along with hot dogs and random snack items. If I lived closer, I would definitely give it another chance. Hopefully some others can try it out and report back with a more positive experience.

                                                  The place I'm referring to is at the following address...

                                                  118 N Main St
                                                  Port Chester, NY 10573
                                                  (914) 939-0140

                                                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                    was there anything on their menu that stuck out to you as particularly colombian? either from the ice cream or the snack side of things?

                                                    1. re: adamclyde

                                                      I'm not very familiar with Colombian cuisine, but there were some flavors of the gelato that seemed unique-- whether they are unique in terms of being Colombian or just unknown to me I can't say-- I tasted arequipe, which the guy at the counter described as similar to caramel, and there were 2 other flavors of gelato (not their regular ice cream) whose names I didn't recognize and assume were specialties. One chocolatey. I didn't get a good look at the pastry items, but it's possible those were specialty items too.

                                                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                        arequipe is dulce de leche... it would be fun to compare theirs to paleteria fernandez's across the street to see the difference. I'm not familiar enough with colombian to know whether there are differences between colombia's arequipe and, for example, dulce de leche from uruguay or argentina or even mexico... It's something worth exploring!

                                                        on edit. this has piqued my interest. I posted about regional dulce de leche differences here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424002

                                                        hopefully we'll find out some good info.

                                                  2. re: adamclyde

                                                    Hi Adamclyde--
                                                    Yes--it's run by a Columbian family, and they have flavors like arequipe (Colombian dulce de leche) and choco milo--a crumbly, Nestles Quik like mix popular in South America. BTW--the Westchester Mag roundup we worked on together mentions this--and it's out on newstands now. (I misplaced your email--I'll send you a couple of copies if you email me.). Julia

                                                    1. re: JSexton

                                                      Was that popsicle on the cover of the magazine, I believe it was green, from paleteria?

                                                      1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                        Hi Rawtunafan--
                                                        There was a green paleta on the July Best of Westchester cover--and it was definitely from Paleteria Fernandez. There's a larger photo on page 85, with a description on 84. The piece that I was referring to is actually in the August Dining issue, just out now. It's a Latin-American food crawl of Port Chester, page 74. It's cover is a shot of the puffy sugar doughnuts at Scarsdale's Backals. And yes, that's a single serving of doughnuts.

                                                        1. re: JSexton

                                                          Oh I did see that....and honestly, are those deep fried coconut tapioca things as delicious as they look? I've already made plans for Harvest-on-Hudson..I hope they taste as good as they look!

                                                          1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                            They were good, but what was so cool was that each piece was really, really crisp on the outside -- like you had to forceably crack into it with your fork. Then the large, vanilla scented, slightly gooey and soft tapioca pearls sort spilled out in a lucious way. There was a major--and kinda improbable--textural difference.

                                                2. Paleteria Fernandez is pretty good but its not exactly ice cream. Tonight I am gonna be trying some ice cream from Cacao, the chocolate store in larchmont which apparently makes their own ice cream (They have plenty of flavors too apparently). I'll try to report back if iI remember.

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                                                  1. re: Sambossanova

                                                    They have ice cream there? Be sure to get some marshmallows to go, I think they're very good.

                                                    1. re: Sambossanova

                                                      I'm not sure what you mean, Palateria Fernandez certainly had ice cream last time I ate there. Is it a little more exotically flavored, yes, but it's still ice cream as far as I am aware. They also have the varieties of ice pops too.

                                                      1. re: jeanki

                                                        I think you just can't beat Paleteria Fernadez--independently owned, no carrageenan or crappy, novel mix-ins like gummi bears, interesting flavors and all hand made. We're incredibly ucky to have it--and don't overlook New Rochelle's la Flor de Michoacan I and II. Great paletas, great aguas frescas.

                                                        1. re: jeanki

                                                          I was talking about Cacao, I didn't know they have ice cream.

                                                          As to the palaterias, they are good, but I would like Jahn's to return.

                                                          1. re: jeanki

                                                            The ice cream at paleteria fernandez is so so. I enjoy the paletas more. It has nothing to do with "exotically flavored" or whatever, but just that I don't think their non paleta ice cream is very good.

                                                            1. re: Sambossanova

                                                              Paletria fernandez is awesome, bit I agree with you - go for the paletas not the scooped. Granted, all I've ever had was the chocolate that my daughter ordered, but I wasn't all that impressed. And I really wanted to like it.

                                                              Maybe their other flavors are better?

                                                              1. re: adamclyde

                                                                I tried about 15 flavors last summer and the peanut butter was the best.

                                                                The 'cheese' and 'butter' are disgusting.

                                                                Jahn's, where are you when I need you?

                                                                1. re: dolores

                                                                  cheese and butter ice cream? Wow... that is pretty gross sounding! (of course, that means now I have to try it just to say I have)

                                                                  1. re: adamclyde

                                                                    I don't know if Dolores is referring to the Chongo - the cinnamon and "curdled milk" but if so, that happens to be one of my favorites and I love the scoopable Chongo. They've added more scoopable flavors and I happen to like many of those as well as the paletas.

                                                                    1. re: laylag

                                                                      No, laylag, I went through about 15 of the paletas last summer. I can't remember all that I tried, but peanut butter was my favorite.

                                                                      But there are actually two paletas named butter and cheese. And both were disgusting.

                                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                                        Dolores, I've never noticed that there. This was at Paleteria Fernandez in Port Chester and not Michoacan in New Rochelle? Interesting if so.

                                                                        1. re: laylag

                                                                          No, sorry if I gave the wrong impression. This was at Michoacana on Union Ave. in New Rochelle.

                                                                2. re: adamclyde

                                                                  I thought the ice cream I had was super as well. I had the milk and cinnamon flavor, the strawberry and cream, and the oreo cookie. If the ice cream is just 'so-so' to you, then I sure can't wait to try the paletas now!

                                                                3. re: Sambossanova

                                                                  I think I found the secret to making the scoopable as good (almost) as the paletas. Buy the scoopable, bring it home and put it in your freezer. I think Paleteria Fernandez scoopable freezer is not cold enough and the ice cream consistency is not quite right - gets a little "gummy". However, if you re-freeze it, it works out beautifully - taste is right on, fresh, dairy perfectly creamy and the mouthfeel is right. Give it a shot.

                                                              2. re: Sambossanova

                                                                Paleteria Fernandez has ice cream as well as the paletas.

                                                                1. re: dolores

                                                                  A little bit out of Westchester, but Meli-Melo, the crepe place on the avenue in Greenwich, has delicious ice creams and sorbets. The flavors are intense and true. We were there the other evening and my son ordered the mint chocolate chip. The waitress "warned" us that the ice cream was made with real mint, not flavoring. She was afraid my 5 year old might find it too strong. (He loved it. I had a taste and it did have a wonderful, fresh mint flavor.)

                                                              3. FYI, Sal's just opened their gelato store next door to the pizza parlor on Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck. They are giving out free samples if you're close enough to pop in for a slice and some gelato. Wife got strawberry and I picked up a pistachio. Both were very good. They say that they make it in house, so worth a try.

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                                                                1. re: tada

                                                                  Tried it the other day - not bad. Flavors weren't as intense as they should hae been but it was decent and it's nice to have an ice cream option close by that isn't the awful and plastic tasting Cold Stone or the equally awful and tired, flavorless Carvel. However, I thought $3.50 for the small cup - which was truly tiny and which the server leveled off on top, was a bit much.

                                                                  1. re: laylag

                                                                    Wow, thanks for the heads up, laylag. Sounds like the Longford's two scoops that isn't for $7.00.

                                                                    Gotta look into getting me an ice cream maker.

                                                                2. Anyone try La Tulipe's gelato as recommended in the Times? Sounds yummy...


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                                                                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                    Replying to myself since I just tried it... the gelato is verrrrrry dense but great! Deep, rich flavors. Also had some amazing cookies... I'm kicking myself for never checking out La Tulipe until now!

                                                                  2. Try the newly opened Haagen Dazs shop in downtown White Plains, Haagen Dazs ice cream is 100% natural, no artificial, fat substitutes or air. They have 38 flavors, must try the ice cream cakes. Much better than cold stones or carvels

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                                                                    1. re: jacobsonhotchick

                                                                      Iron Tomato in White Plains has a small but very tasty gelato counter now, great flavors include peach melba and dulce de leche and mango.

                                                                    2. Up in Mount Kisco, La Tulipe has gelato and sorbet. Yum. Especially notable-- the blood orange sorbet.

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                                                                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                        I love their torrone gelato the most. Would also like to add bellizzi in mount kisco.

                                                                      2. I saw today that Paleteria Fernandez is opening a place on Mamaroneck Avenue, right next to A&S. Not sure when it's opening...it just said "coming soon".

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                                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                                          Valerie, this is amazing news - although I'm not sure if good or bad.

                                                                          The good, not that the trip to Port Chester was a big deal but really nice to have it so close and a nice addition to the avenue. Maybe everyone will stop going to Carvel. I definitely don't get the attraction there.

                                                                          The bad news, we are Paleteria Fernandez fanatics and the proximity makes it waaay too easy to go much too often.

                                                                          Paleteria Fernandez
                                                                          33 N Main St, Port Chester, NY 10573

                                                                        2. welll in HARTSDALE there's a place called Juicce & Java (across the street from new york sports club, the gym) they have 24 flavors on Ciao Bella Gelato and Sorbet, its really good and they have sundae's you should try it out. Hope this helped!!

                                                                          heres a link to reviews and pics of the place: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/327/14454...

                                                                          Juicce & Java
                                                                          201 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

                                                                          Ciao Bella
                                                                          149 S Franklin Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580