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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.

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  1. Pistachio Soft Serve at Marvel, near Lido.

    1. 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

        Baci is excellent stuff. Yes.

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

        1. re: GCGuy

          I was passing Baci last night and decided to stop for a little bit of gelato. Still excellent. The pistachio in particular was as good a pistachio gelato as I have ever had. Banana nutella, baci and raspberry were also good. I had the assistance of my daughter in this endeavor. large portions and fair prices as well.

          On a related note, Marvel was sold but a patron would never know. Smart new owners, keeping things the same as it has always been.
          On another related note, on the same corner as Marvel , on the south side of Lido Blvd is a new ice cream shop replacing Surf Pizza. Tried it twice, eh. Seemed like what I call a 'mix in" place. Couple of simple base flavors then they dump stuff in. I ordered the milky way and got vanilla ice cream with rock hard pieces of Milky Way bar to break a tooth on. Just slightly harder then the frozen whole strawberry in my strawberry ice cream.

          Anything else new out there?

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            Its been open a couple of years already but Five Pennies in Rockville Centre is excellent. Real homemade ice cream.

            1. re: tomatoe

              I like 5P, but let's be clear about something: no place on Long Island--none--has truly homemade ice cream. They buy base mix from a mass-market vendor, and add flavorings. That's not home made.

              If you want true homemade (and truly awesome) ice cream, try a place like Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, where they start with cream from a local dairy and eggs from a farm (they even have a 15-gallon pasteurization tank and a chiller on the premises, and a NYS pasteurization license).

              1. re: Scott_R

                I believe Goodales dairy farm in Riverhead makes ice cream from their own cows.

                1. re: coll

                  Actually, I think you're right; I had traditional ice cream places in mind.
                  Never had any luck getting Goodale's ice cream. Didn't see it out in Riverhead last time I was out at the farm (which was a while ago), and when I asked about it at their stand at the Babylon farmer's market, the kid there had no idea what I was talking about.

                  1. re: Scott_R

                    I see a separate ice cream truck kind of thing sitting between the cows and the shop, and assume that's where it's sold. No idea when it's available, but I have called them on their cell about their cheeses and they are very happy to answer and give out info.....if I get a few minutes in the next day or two I will let you know more.

                    1. re: coll

                      No worries; the truck wasn't there when I was out there last. I'll give it a check.

                      1. re: Scott_R

                        We'll get to the bottom of it before Labor Day!

                    2. re: Scott_R

                      Goodale supposedly makes ice cream from its own milk but they don't have all that many cows and the cows they have must suffice for the raw milk, butter and cheese that Goodale sells. Virtually every ice cream shop on LI that makes its own uses a mix from Panza (or some supplier like Panza) with three exceptions that I know of: Joe & Liza in Sag Harbor have a custom blend from, I think, the Hudson Valley. Wolfies Custard in Northport has a custom blend and so does Herrell's in Huntington. These are three of the very best ice creams on Long Island.

                      1. re: emarcus

                        Goodale sells raw milk? I thought only Ty Llwyd Farm did?

                        1. re: Scott_R

                          Sorry, they sell their own milk but I believe it is vat-pasteurized.

              2. re: stuartlafonda

                Tried Baci Gelato. Really good. I think comparable to the better places in the city (L'Arte del Gelato, Grom). I really liked the pistachio, hazelnut, and mango flavors. Coconut was too sweet. Portion size is huge. My one complaint though is my cup of gelato was filled in such a way where one flavor was on the top and the other was on the bottom. Would prefer the two flavors side-by-side which is the way I've gotten it in NYC and Italy.

                As for other places, while it's now a chain, Shake Shack in Westbury has good frozen custard. I especially enjoy their shakes. (Their other food though is not as good as in their NYC locations. Not sure why.)

                1. re: churros

                  I keep forgetting about Baci Gelato; I went there once and enjoyed it. Not in my general traveling area, though.

          2. 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.

            1. GCGuy,

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

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

                  1. 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. How about Bollinger's in Farmingdale?

                      1. 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

                          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.

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

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

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                            1. re: jrl354

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

                            2. 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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                              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

                                          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

                                        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

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

                                        2. re: justluvdessert

                                          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

                                            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

                                        3. 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.

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

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                                            1. re: jenniebnyc

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                              2. 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. 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

                                                    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

                                                      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. ;)

                                                  2. 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.

                                                    1. 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.

                                                      1. Another newish place: Hollow Creamery in Carle Place


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                                                        1. re: Scott_R

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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).

                                                        2. 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

                                                            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.

                                                          2. 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

                                                              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

                                                                Their cherry vanilla knocked my socks off!

                                                              2. re: Motosport

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    New flavor: Smokey Rocky Road with Roasted Almonds

                                                                    1. re: drthil

                                                                      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

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

                                                                          1. re: Maggie Larkin

                                                                            I like their Burgundy Cherry with Hot Fudge...

                                                                        1. re: Scott_R

                                                                          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.

                                                                        1. re: Maggie Larkin

                                                                          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