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Jan 24, 2010 11:43 AM

ISO excellent non-chain ice cream, anywhere in Westchester

A big warning before you read this post: I guess it turns out that I am an ice cream snob. I don't think of myself as being particularly picky, but when it comes to the fat bomb of calories that ice cream delivers, I want to make sure it's really worth it!
I've been historically underwhelmed & frustrated by the Blue Pig (loved it at times, really DID NOT love it other times). I don't care for Longford's. Unimpressed with Purple Monkey. I have not been wowed by Tarrytown's Main Street Sweets' ice cream, even tho' it's a cute place and I like it in theory. Is there anyone in Westchester making good, fresh ice cream that isn't full of fillers & artificial colors? I know I must be missing something. The Ciao Bella gelato counter at WholeFoods in White Plains is about the best place I can think there anything else?
Thanks in advance for your tips!

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  1. Have you tried the gelato place next to Ossining Pizzeria on Croton Ave?

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    1. re: Marge

      Gelato @ Iron Tomato on Mamaroneck Ave. in WP?

      I really like Longford's, though.

    2. I love the gelato counters at Bacio in Bronxville, and Belizzi & Via Vanti - both in Mt. Kisco.
      Also - Paleteria Fernandez in Portchester has some unique and good ice cream.

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      1. re: Sra. Swanky

        the gelato next to Sal's isn't bad either...

        1. re: cubanat

          If you're willing to cross the state line, in Greenwich, most of the way down Greenwich Ave on the right is a crepe place called Meli-Melo. Everything there is delicious, including their homemade ice cream and sorbet. The flavors are natural and intense. A couple of years ago my little boy ordered a mint chocolate chip ice cream and the waitress felt like she needed to warn us that the ice cream was made with real mint, not extract, and would be very minty. It was and he was very happy.

          1. re: marcia2

            I do agree - Meli-Melo has fabulous ice cream. My favorite is their hazelnut.

            And, as others have mentioned, I also like Paleteria Fernandez. It's not an American-style ice cream place... they specialize in Mexican paletas (popsicles). I don't really like their scoopable ice cream, so stick to the paletas. Avocado, ronpope (eggnog), melon (cantaloupe), dulce de leche, and blackberry are my favorites.

      2. Paleteria Fernandez 33 N Main St Port Chester (914) 939-3694 has some amazing flavors of ice cream. Some of my favorites are: Advocado, Chongos and Rice Pudding.

        1. It's not ice cream but for excellent frozen custard, try Abbots in Shrub Oak (sorry it is a chain but worth a try), it's creamier then Ice Cream......

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          1. re: GIOny

            ISO is "in search of"
            I love Abbotts and can't wait 'til they reopen for spring. I will def. check out Meli-Melo...seems like CT just has better ice cream. And Palateria Fernandez is on my list, too. Thanks!
            (Ossining Pizzeria's gelato has never done it for me, which is too bad because it's close to home!)
            Thanks everyone.

            1. re: Kat_in_Ossining

              Kat, Westchester is not known for their mind-blowing ice cream. Paletas are not big giant dishes of ice cream for a decent amount of money, which is what I want.

              I've found them upstate and in other states, but not in Westchester.

              I've read about Abbotts and Meli Melo (I doubt they give a lot for a decent amount of money) and have to check them out for myself. If Sal's gelato is like other gelato, it don't cut it when you want ice cream.

              Otherwise, you can forget about getting your ice cream fix in Westchester.

          2. As said by a few others scattered in the responses, Paleteria Fernandez in Port Chester. Not a lot of choice in the scoopable flavors, about 10-12, but amazing variety in the pops and absolutely delicious, fresh, housemade and they couldn't be nicer.

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            1. re: laylag

              I'm an ice cream addict too, and only love real & intense flavors. Keep a look out for someplace that sells Jane's.... stumbled onto it once at a small store in Valatie, loved the intense chocolate so much I immediately emailed my also ice cream addicted sister in NYC, who pointed out that she'd told me about a Jane's cart in mid-town Manhattan the previous summer (she told me I had to come in to try the chocolate.) Brought a non-ice cream enthusiast once--she tried some non-chocolate flavors and became an equal enthusiast. I thought they had a cafe in Kingston, which was going to be on my pilgrimage there to check out a natural, pastured meat market, but I can't find anything about it. Anyone know more about the cafe?

              1. re: mjoyous

                I googled it and found this.....
                I have a cousin who lives up in that area, I'll ask her what she knows about it.
                According to that site they serve it at Flying Pig in Mt. Kisco and Cupcake Cafe in Irvington (even though they have both places listed under Putnam County - poor in geography but hopefully a winner in ice cream!!)

                1. re: GIOny

                  Very promising! I may have to head over to Temptation Cafe in Nyack to try Jane's. Thanks for the tip.

                  1. re: Kat_in_Ossining

                    Can you report back, Kat? If prices are decent, they could be worth the trip. From their website, it looks like real ice cream.

                    1. re: GIOny

                      Jane's Ice Cream did indeed have a retail place in uptown Kingston where they sold sandwiches, salads, etc and a wide variety of ice cream flavors. Unfortunately it closed about two years ago.

                      There are several premium ice cream makers located here in the Hudson Valley and nearby areas that sell their products in NYC and Westchester supermarkets. I've tried all of them and all are better than the "big boys". Locally the market with the biggest selection of different makers is Adams. Also, there are quite a number of scoop shops that sell Jane's or one of the others.

                      1. re: jayjay

                        Yes, that's what my cousin said that she though it had closed but they still sell wholesale in many places. They have the place listed in Irivington as the Cupcake Cafe, I think it's actually the Cupcake Kitchen on Main St.

                        1. re: GIOny

                          Fenton's Creamery, on the Travel Channel's Countdown last night. This is what we need in Westchester, the vast wasteland of real old fashioned ice cream:


                          1. re: anonymouse1935

                            LOL! I said exactly the same thing to Sr. S. last night! (I've made a list of chow destinations because of that show, and Fenton's is among the top of the list!)