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Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

GCGuy Jul 30, 2007 11:59 AM

To copy off another posters idea...any good ice cream shops on LI? Preferably in Nassau County?

Passed by Hildebrandt's on Hillside in Williston Park, supposed to be good. Not sure.

Any ideas would be great. I love my gelato from the panini place in GC, but good ol' American ice cream would be nice, too.

  1. Motosport Mar 10, 2011 12:36 PM

    My favorites:
    Snowflake, Riverhead
    Dari-Land, Riverhead
    Magic Fountain, Mattituck
    Ice Cream Cottage, Mastic
    Coyle's, Bayshore

    Ice Cream Cottage
    1590 Montauk Hwy, Mastic, NY 11950

    Magic Fountain
    Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

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    1. re: Motosport
      ediblover Mar 10, 2011 12:46 PM

      Only one I've been to is Coyle's. Solid spot, but nothing spectacular/original, and some may have issues with them using coloring and thickeners.

      1. re: ediblover
        Motosport Mar 10, 2011 01:19 PM

        Their cherry vanilla knocked my socks off!

      2. re: Motosport
        Scott_R Mar 10, 2011 07:10 PM

        I haven't been to Dari-Land. Did you know Ice Cream Cottage had a big fire this past fall? They've been closed ever since, but are supposed to re-open soon.

        I'd ditto that list, substituting In the Mood in Woodbury for Coyle's--I think ItM is considerably better.

        1. re: Scott_R
          drthil Mar 11, 2011 04:21 AM

          Yep, but I sure smelled insurance arson. Have you heard any definitive news on an actual re-opening or are you going off of their site?

          1. re: drthil
            Motosport Mar 11, 2011 05:42 AM

            New flavor: Smokey Rocky Road with Roasted Almonds

            1. re: drthil
              Scott_R Mar 11, 2011 12:18 PM

              I called them up a couple of weeks back and spoke to a guy who was doing the work.

              Do you have any particular reason to believe it's insurance arson?

              1. re: Scott_R
                kbuck1163 Mar 13, 2011 04:29 PM

                krisch's in massapequa......awesome

                1. re: kbuck1163
                  Maggie Larkin Mar 15, 2011 08:06 AM

                  what do you recommend?

                  1. re: Maggie Larkin
                    MacTAC Mar 18, 2011 07:14 AM

                    I like their Burgundy Cherry with Hot Fudge...

                2. re: Scott_R
                  drthil Mar 15, 2011 08:14 AM

                  Just scattered rumors; it was more cynicism than anything, given the economy. I used to go to the Cottage once a week, minimum, but every time I'd passed by within the last few years, the small lot seemed pretty empty. Regardless, that is certainly great news. Here's hoping they're back up & running soon, & thrive for a long time. Thanks for the info.

              2. re: Scott_R
                Maggie Larkin Mar 16, 2011 10:09 AM

                fyi everyone, its coming back


                1. re: Maggie Larkin
                  Scott_R Mar 17, 2011 09:22 AM

                  It's open!

                  I stopped in at the Ice Cream Cottage midday today and things were mostly together. About half of the ice creams were in the display (considering how many they offer, that's a goodly number), with the rest due by the end of the day or tomorrow. I picked up pints of Chocolate Overload, Cappuccino, and Strawberry Cheesecake (restraining my inner pedant from pointing out spelling errors in the labels, though some were pretty funny).

                  Ice Cream Cottage
                  1590 Montauk Hwy, Mastic, NY 11950

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              Maggie Larkin Mar 10, 2011 05:33 AM

              marvel marvel marvel. so gooooood, the best soft serve. nowhere to sit, its a counter serve only & a great family run place. i love their pistacio, banana & coffee. its one of my fav places to live at during the summer.

              coyles in suffolk is good too, but not soft serve like marvel

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              1. re: Maggie Larkin
                Scott_R Mar 10, 2011 11:35 AM

                I'll ask this again, as I do whenever people bring up Marvel: what makes it popular? As far as I know, all they do is resell mass-produced mixes--do they even do their own flavoring? I keep asking what THEY actually make and no one seems to know. So what's the big deal? This place mystifies me. I never found anything particular wrong with their stuff, just nothing spectacular.

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                Scott_R Aug 11, 2010 08:31 AM

                Another newish place: Hollow Creamery in Carle Place


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                1. re: Scott_R
                  apajax6 Oct 7, 2010 05:37 PM

                  I second this. I find their ice cream to be absolutely delicious. The cannoli has become my favorite regular flavor. Right now they have pumpkin and I'd tell any pumpkin lover to get there for it - stat!

                  1. re: apajax6
                    jmax Oct 15, 2010 12:00 PM

                    I've been to the hollow creamery twice in the last week. Gets my vote for best on LI. Really enjoyed the banana cream pie, pumpkin, and oatmeal raisin cookie flavors. The apple strudel ice cream had little apple flavor - tasted mostly of cinnamon. If it was called cinnamon ice cream- it would of been great. Good Size portions. Nice staff. Reasonable prices.

                    1. re: jmax
                      Scott_R Oct 19, 2010 11:07 AM

                      Must have either missed or overlooked the oatmeal raisin cookie flavor; I was just there today. They are coming out with banana bread ice cream soon (I understand it's in-process).

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                  Scott_R Jul 18, 2010 04:50 PM

                  Some addition and subtraction:
                  Sweet Sensations in Babylon village,
                  now makes their own--the pics on their website that say "Sedutto" are outdated--they have a new awning that says it's homemade.

                  And for a little while now in Rocky Point:
                  has been open, making ice cream and gelato.

                  And Grandma's in Babylon (on 109) is closed--at least, it's never been open whenever I've passed in the last few months.

                  Ice Screaming'... has been closed since the fall.

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                    Scott_R Jul 9, 2009 01:33 PM

                    Finally went to the somewhat-awkwardly named "Ice Screamin' For Dessert Now" in Bellmore.

                    So far, things are looking positive. Mint chocolate chip, which (as I've mentioned in this thread) is the standard I almost always default to, was quite good. The single most common defect I come across with that flavor is a sort of harsh aftertaste, presumably from whichever mint flavoring they use. The one I had here was pleasant and subtle and quite refreshing. I also picked up a raspberry chip that was nicely fruity.

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                      gkang Dec 1, 2008 09:49 AM

                      Another shoutout to Hildebrandt's - great ice cream - try their creamsicle or mint oreo shake if they have it! Also, I love their french onion soup, caesar salad, and pasta a la mama - pasta with sauteed cauliflower,onions,and garlic. Definitely underrated.

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                      1. re: gkang
                        Fred19 May 1, 2009 07:16 PM

                        We like the homemade ice cream at the Northport Sweet Shop on Main
                        Street, Northport, NY, just off of Woodbine Avenue. Great homemade flavors.


                        1. re: Fred19
                          betseeee May 7, 2009 06:57 PM

                          Mmm, I got some cherry vanilla at Northport Sweet Shop last summer that was fantastic. My kids (2.5 at the time) wanted to share the cone and I was so scared they'd drop it and deprive me of the rest. ;)

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                        LIfoodguy Oct 18, 2008 03:40 PM

                        I can't believe that nobody's mentioned International Delight Cafe in Rockville Center and Bellmore. They make awsome ice cream in lots of flavors. They have an extensive food menu too, but the ice cream is better than the food. They also make great waffles to order for your ice cream.

                        I also like Itgen's, and have been going to Krisch's in Massapequa for 30 years. Their peach ice cream is divine, but it's seasonal so you'll have to wait for next summer to try it.

                        1. jenniebnyc Sep 6, 2008 12:15 PM

                          Snowflake in Riverhead and Dari-Land are both great places for ice cream! Old school.

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                          1. re: jenniebnyc
                            Scott_R Sep 7, 2008 01:18 PM

                            I've never understood why Grandma's Kitchen in Babylon is never mentioned anywhere. I've only been there a few times, but I think it's much better than, say, Marvel Dairy Whip (see my post here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546788).

                            I happened to stop there today on a whim, on the way back from the Argyle Park crafts fair in Babylon. The Mint Chocolate Chip (one of the standard I always always try at any ice cream place I go to) was on a par with In the Mood's, though Grandma's didn't have sorbets to compare to Mood's superlative offerings there (the banana/blueberry sorbet is amazing). By that I don't mean what they had were worse--they simply don't offer sorbet at all, at least not that I noticed.

                            The sign at Grandma's says homemade. I wanted to ask the person working there about that but there were others on line and I didn't get the chance.

                            1. re: Scott_R
                              Scott_R May 1, 2009 04:11 PM

                              Back at In the Mood's, uh, like a week or so ago. Fat-free strawberry yogurt was excellent (no, I'm not under the delusion that FF means "low calorie"). Also had a cherry sorbet, which continues the line of excellence of their sorbets, and a... blanking a little... espresso chip that was fat-free and sugar-free. It was good enough that I bought a pint after buying a scoop, not having planned to do the former.

                              1. re: Scott_R
                                CurlieGlamourGirlie May 3, 2009 07:21 AM

                                The 3 times I've been to Grandma's, they've had a poor selection of flavors (any time I asked for something they had listed, "We're out of that now") the service was poor and the place kind of skeeved me out. And upon getting home, the ice cream tasted off. I won't go back there again. I prefer Coyle's in Bay Shore.

                                1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie
                                  Scott_R May 3, 2009 06:27 PM

                                  Not sure what you mean by their being out of everything they had listed--I haven't been there a lot, but they've never been out of what I asked for.

                                  I find Coyle's to be overly sweet--more sweet than flavorsome.

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                              stefathena Sep 5, 2008 06:51 AM

                              D'Latte out in Greenport has great homemade gelato. The owners aren't the friendliest, but the gelato is just so good, I can't stop going.

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                                justluvdessert Sep 4, 2008 10:28 PM

                                There's a new ice cream shop in Huntington village that I discovered last weekend called "Herrell's", which has the best ice cream (and hot fudge) that I have experienced anywhere. They apparently come out of Massachusetts. All that I can say is, WOW.

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                                1. re: justluvdessert
                                  jmax Sep 5, 2008 05:48 AM

                                  I was shocked at the size of my medium cone - it was the size of a kiddie cone at most places. It was very good, and I understand it is freshly made each day and dairy products are expensive, but for close to 9 bucks for 2 ice creams of that size left me a little down on this place. Maybe it was just my server.

                                  1. re: jmax
                                    justluvdessert Sep 5, 2008 08:04 AM

                                    Must have been a mistake by the server - I had a medium cone with malted vanilla ice cream (heavenly) and it was a very good portion.

                                    1. re: jmax
                                      Scott_R Oct 13, 2008 10:54 AM

                                      Apparently, Herrells shorts their servings.
                                      I just came back from there, having ordered three medium sized portions to bring home. I remarked to the guy who served it that the portions seem awfully tiny--I'd previously had a small, and the medium seemed to be the same size.

                                      IIRC, the menu states that a medium is 5.5 ounces; when I measured the three portions I'd purchased, sans cup and lid, they ranged from 3.74 to 4.1 ounces (I doubled checked--it's sold by weight). A small is supposed to be 4 ounces.

                                      1. re: Scott_R
                                        justluvdessert Oct 14, 2008 10:38 PM

                                        Did anyone go to the Huntington Fall Festival over the Columbus Day weekend? I was surprised that there were so few ice cream vendors. I spotted Ben & Jerry's out on the street (not my favorite) and a few "truck" vendors, but that was it. Was pleasantly surprised though to see that Herrell's had set up a tent over by the rides. I tried their pumpkin ice cream this time and it was other-worldly. The portion size was huge for the price that they were charging at the festival (on a side note, I got a big kick out of the fact that someone actually took their ice cream home and weighed it - ever consider that perhaps melted ice cream weighs less? LOL). Seriously, I have been to Herrell's at least 5X since my first visit there last month and the servings have always been more than ample. It sounds like someone wasn't paying attention to what they were doing . . .

                                        1. re: justluvdessert
                                          Scott_R Oct 15, 2008 08:30 AM

                                          I hope that my experience was an aberration, but I want to point out that it wasn't simply a matter of opinion. That is, I didn't just look at the serving and say "hey, that's pretty small"; I wasn't simply complaining that they don't give you much for the money. I measured three separate items and, not only didn't the medium contain the amount advertised, but two out of three didn't even contain what should have been in a small--and that is *with* my observing to the counterperson that it seemed short.

                                          1. re: Scott_R
                                            synergy Oct 15, 2008 10:50 AM

                                            Sounds to me like you had a server who couldn't care less.

                                            ...and my reply to the other poster who asked if the ice cream would weigh less if melted a bit...I can't imagine so...kind of like a pound of feathers is still a pound. A pound of ice cream would still be a pound, hard or soft...if it softened it would take up more of the container than hard, but the weight would stay the same...wouldn't it?

                                            1. re: synergy
                                              Scott_R Oct 15, 2008 01:11 PM

                                              If I were to guess, I'd say that a given amount, when melted, would have a slightly lesser volume than the same when hard--assuming some of the air beaten into it escapes (thinking of a collapsed whipped cream).

                                              It would, of course, weigh the same (I'm guessing the OP was kidding).

                                              1. re: Scott_R
                                                justluvdessert Oct 15, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                I was in fact kidding, but it triggered another question along the same lines - does 6oz of water in its "normal" state weigh exactly the same as when it's frozen? (this obviously isn't the case when you're talking about CO2 and dry ice). Sorry if I have taken this discussion off on a tangent (and no, I'm not stoned lol).

                                                1. re: justluvdessert
                                                  Scott_R Oct 15, 2008 08:15 PM

                                                  Matter's state doesn't change its weight. A given quantity of dry ice weighs the same after it sublimes to CO2; it's just less dense (same goes for water).

                                                  Back OT. Herrell's Sweet Cream "flavor" (can it be called that if it doesn't have flavoring?) is interesting; I like it. The Mexican Chocolate is OK; it could be more complex. Sally's Cocofe, a short walk away, has awesome chocolate drinks; their Mexicana Spice hot chocolate contains nutmeg, chili and vanilla; it would make an interesting ice cream, I think. Herrell's mint chocolate chip, my standard flavor, is fine--middle of the pack. Not as good as In the Mood's or Grandma's Kitchen (Babylon).

                                                  1. re: Scott_R
                                                    justluvdessert Oct 16, 2008 12:34 PM

                                                    Yeah, now that you mention it I recall learining that in high school.

                                                    I haven't tried mint choc chip at Herrell's, but I did try their chocolate pudding and malted vanilla flavors, which blew me away. Their hot fudge is also dense and flavorful. Have you tried any of those? I haven't been to Grandma's kitchen yet - will need to check them out. Have been to In The Mood, but I still like Herrell's best (very subjective thing I guess).

                                                    1. re: justluvdessert
                                                      Scott_R Oct 16, 2008 04:40 PM

                                                      The one thing I really like about In the Mood is the sorbets. Best I've had pretty much anywhere (though there's this place in NYC whose name I can't recall, think it's on 3rd Ave in the 30s, that competes).

                                                      Not a big fan of the sweeter flavors, which mostly rules hot fudge as a topping, and that makes me hesitant to try the malted vanilla (malted milk powder is pretty sweet).

                                                      1. re: Scott_R
                                                        Scott_R May 1, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                        Looking back over the thread... gosh did I really say ""the one thing..."? I meant, "the one thing in particular" or something like that. A couple of months ago I had an apple cider sorbet at ItM that ranks up there in the top two or three sorbets I've ever had.

                                              2. re: synergy
                                                justluvdessert Oct 15, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                Yeah, that's what it sounds like to me as well. If it happens again I would mention it to the store manager (or the owner).

                                                I guess it would weigh the same - maybe one of us should try it just for fun.

                                          2. re: Scott_R
                                            Scott_R Nov 17, 2008 09:34 AM

                                            Went back there Saturday for the first time since the unfortunate experience, and this time both medium servings were about right, weight-wise.

                                        2. re: justluvdessert
                                          uncleozzy Sep 5, 2008 06:31 AM

                                          I live on LI (where I grew up) now, but I lived for 8 years in Cambridge, MA, where Herrell's has a branch (Harvard Square). The ice cream is all fantastic--really fantastic--and the hot fudge is killer. I went to the Huntington location as soon as I heard it was open, and wasn't disappointed, even with the line out the door. I know jmax is complaining about portion size, but I really think it might be the server, since I seem to remember getting *too much* to eat.

                                          In any case, I highly, highly recommend the cookies and cream (made with sweet cream ice cream, not vanilla), the pumpkin, and the earl grey. Everything else is good, too, but these are standouts.

                                          1. re: uncleozzy
                                            synergy Sep 9, 2008 10:50 AM

                                            In my book there can never be a thing as "too much ice cream". :-)

                                          2. re: justluvdessert
                                            Scott_R Sep 5, 2008 12:13 PM

                                            Certainly an extensive flavors menu
                                            Do they really carry all that all the time?

                                            Went back to In the Mood today and bought a pint of their Banana/Blueberry sorbet. Really darned good stuff.

                                            1. re: Scott_R
                                              falnangel7 Sep 8, 2008 05:29 PM

                                              just went in last night. They have maybe 15-20 flavors at one time. We drove 35 min just to get ice cream there and it was certainly worth it. The burned sugar is amazing. Malted vanilla is to die for. Banana is really natural tasting...Reminds me of my mom making it at home. Even the special hidef vanilla was pure tasting. Fudge topping was heaven. PB topping is fresh tasting too. No seating yet but they will be adding some in the fall. Small serving is a bit on the petite side (more like a kiddie cup) but the medium is a regular serving. Don't remember particular prices but I don't think it's much more than Hagen das. Can't wait to go back to sample more flavors

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                                            jrl354 Aug 8, 2007 06:31 AM

                                            Ben and Jerry's in Farmingdale and Huntington...cant go wrong with that!

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                                            1. re: jrl354
                                              Scott_R Aug 8, 2007 11:39 AM

                                              Ben and Jerry's? Sure, if you like generic stuff you can get in the stupidmarket. I prefer to give my business to locals.

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                                              tomatoe Aug 4, 2007 12:06 PM

                                              Itgen's in Valley Stream has excellent homemade ice cream and delicious greasy food. I would highly recommend it.

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                                                chalk Aug 3, 2007 07:46 AM

                                                The name of the ice cream drive in near Belmont Park in Frozen Cup. The best!! Old fashioned style carvel building...soft ice cream...good prices is on Jericho Tpke just west of Little Neck Pkwy/Tulip Ave.. Went to Hildebrandt's last night..the service is as terrible as it was 10 yrs ago. No A/C.. no water...asked many times...my son finally got us water. the order was wrong twice. the coffee royale was warm as were the malts. place is not too clean. vanilla and chocolate were very good. i suggest ordering a cone to go. so hot in there the banana split turned to soup quickly. Itgen's is not clean either...their ice cream is very good. their service is much better than hildebrandt's. Kricshe's is very clean and a nice experience. Yes, Ivarrone Bros. sells gelato out of a freezer on the sidewalk in Lake Success Shopping Center, New Hyde Park. Marvel's is very good. have driven many miles for a cone...they should smile more and do something about the ants on the counter at the window.

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                                                1. re: chalk
                                                  stuartlafonda Aug 3, 2007 10:15 AM

                                                  I know you are unlikely to return to Hildebrant's after your bad experience but the place is better then you experienced last night. It has been so hot recently so I would also be unhappy if there was no a/c but I have never had a service problem or found the place dirty. It is such an authentic "throwback" place with good food and icecream. In 20 years of visits to Marvel I have never seen ants on the counter. So Hildebrandt's, Itgen's and Marvel are all dirty, interesting.

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                                                  Scott_R Aug 2, 2007 01:40 PM

                                                  How about Bollinger's in Farmingdale?

                                                  1. Fred19 Aug 1, 2007 04:38 AM

                                                    If you want to take a trip east of Nassau County, Snowflake, just west of Riverhead on Rt 25 is really good. My wife likes the flavor 'Peconic Swamp Thing'. Take LIE exit 72 (Rt 25E). Snowflake is a couple of miles east from the Tanger Mall.

                                                    If you still want more ice cream, the Magic Fountain in Mattituck is also good.


                                                    1. radioactivebetty Jul 31, 2007 10:32 PM

                                                      newsday actually just did a story on local ice cream parlors http://www.newsday.com/features/food/...

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                                                        ForkinMouth Jul 31, 2007 02:37 PM

                                                        Leonetti's on Glen Cove Road (few blocks north of Northern Blvd) has good gelato, especially the hazelnut.

                                                        1. JGS Jul 31, 2007 10:14 AM


                                                          It's been mentioned before--but, worth another mention, Itgen's in Valley Stream. It's a real throwback, like Hildebrant's. Yummy stuff!

                                                          1. amymsmom Jul 31, 2007 07:07 AM

                                                            Marvel is in Lido, across from the LBSD administration building, not near Lido.

                                                            Grew up with Marvel - chocolate ice cream cone with chocolate sprinkles - used to ride our bikes over, or walk from my friend's house in the dunes. Now we stop there sometimes when we visit my folks in Long Beach.

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                                                              stuartlafonda Jul 31, 2007 07:06 AM

                                                              I really like Hildebrandt's and have been going there for a long time. The ice cream is excellent and is best as a sundae, with all the extra toppings. The "Big Dog" however posted about his experience last year and he was not pleased. The food is good if you keep it simple and the burger is excellent, they even got a good mention on the web site A Hambuger Today, AHT. Marvel is also terrific, anything they make special for the day is worth trying, a great old time experience after a day at the beach. In Massapequa near the LIRR station is Krisch's, another old time place with great homemade ice cream. Recently, fellow hound Janie discovered Baci in Roslyn on Willis ave, the best gelato place I know of in Nassau County. It is not on the level of Il Lab on Orchard street but it is a great local option. Finally, there is a place on the Queens Nassau line near Belmont Racetrack that does soft serve, it has been there forever, I'm sure some other hound will recall the name.

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                                                              1. re: stuartlafonda
                                                                GCGuy Jul 31, 2007 08:28 AM

                                                                Baci is excellent stuff. Yes.

                                                                Also saw it being sold outside of Ivarone Bros. in New Hyde Park.

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                                                                elizabeththinks Jul 30, 2007 01:49 PM

                                                                Pistachio Soft Serve at Marvel, near Lido.

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