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OMG, Magic Fountain,North Fork

synergy Jul 24, 2011 04:50 PM

Ok... I've been in denial and have to come cleN. I discovered ( as in,I'm a newbie to it), Magic Fountain ice cream. I am developing favorites... almond Joy... And am curious what your favorites are. I've had coconut, walnut maple, peanut butter fat free, salted caramel ( excellent),mocha chip (great , but I wish they used whole chips ) . Tell me your experiences.

Magic Fountain
Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

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    Scott_R RE: synergy Jul 24, 2011 08:18 PM

    It's been a while since I've been out there, but I like the kulfi.

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      Motosport RE: Scott_R Jul 25, 2011 06:38 AM

      Magic Fountain is my all time favorite North Fork ice cream stand with Snowflake a close second. Dairiland is third since they don't have so many of their own home made ice cream flavors. Dairiland is about 50/50 homemade and Hercheys. Their soft serve is excellent.

      Magic Fountain
      Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

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        Scott_R RE: Motosport Jul 25, 2011 08:12 AM

        On the opposite end of the island, I've become a fan of Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights:

        Unlike pretty much every other place, they actually do make their own rather than starting with a base mix--i.e., they get cream from a local dairy (Battenkill Valley Creamery), eggs from Feather Ridge Farm--which they crack by hand. They make the peppermint patties for their peppermint patty ice cream, make the French toast for their Sunday Brunch flavor ice cream. Their Dark Chocolate ice cream is made with Valrhona cocoa powder and 72% Guttard chocolate; the list goes on. Wow.

        Great article in the NY Times about them:

        Back to Long Island proper. I've wandered around a lot, getting ice cream from places that flavor their own (every place on LI uses a base mix), and have settled down to a specific group, some of which I go to more often than others.

        When out east, I try to stop at MF and Snowflake, though I give the nod to the former for their creative flavors (except, of course, when Snowflake has their Jezynowka Blackberry Brandy Ice Cream each August for the Polish Fair).

        Further west, there's the Ice Cream Cottage in Mastic.

        In Nassau (and W. Suffolk), it's going to be In the Mood in Woodbury, or International Delight in Bellmore if I'm looking for gelato.

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          drthil RE: Scott_R Jul 25, 2011 09:09 AM

          Agree with the spots besides Ample Hills, which was a bit too packed with entitled kids and their moms for my liking. Not against that as a general rule, but coupled with the hiked prices and the lack of flavors not sold out it was a bit frustrating. Add to all this the fact that there are more mix-ins than ice cream....but certainly promising.

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            Scott_R RE: drthil Jul 25, 2011 01:00 PM

            The prices aren't hiked. it's a lot more expensive to buy cream from a dairy and eggs from a farm, not to mention the work involved in cooking it to safe temperatures, than to buy bulk base mix from a national vendor. And have you ever priced Valrhona and
            Guttard? You get for what you pay for (some of the best ice cream I've ever had).

            Each time I was there, they were sold out of maybe two flavors; also, the average age was in the late twenties with maybe one kid under fifteen.

            I don't know what you mean by there being more mix-ins than ice cream. No more so than any other place. The chocolate is purely chocolate: extremely good quality cocoa and melted chocolate and nothing else. The vanilla is pure vanilla bean added to the sweet cream. The cinnamon ice cream is sweet cinnamon and vanilla custard. The Pure Sunshine (akin to a creamsicle) is fresh oranges and cream cheese. Again, not only no so different than other places, but they used darn better QUALITY mix-ins.

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      giftergirl RE: synergy Aug 8, 2011 11:23 AM

      i love and crave the salted caramel flavor. yum. my sister tried the red velvet, also yummy but not as interesting.

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        synergy RE: synergy Aug 9, 2011 01:55 AM

        I tried the Chocolate Chunk this past weekend. It was just like a Chunky candy bar with raisens, chocolate chunks. Good, but I wouldn't get it again.

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          MacTAC RE: synergy Aug 9, 2011 04:22 AM

          I tried Peach Melba last week and it was good but gummy.

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            synergy RE: synergy Aug 9, 2011 11:14 AM

            Anyone try the blood orange ice cream when they had it a few weeks ago? I missed it and was very curious...

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              synergy RE: synergy Aug 24, 2011 10:16 AM

              Have a new addition to my favorites..chocolate brownie...OH MY!

              1. Motosport RE: synergy Aug 24, 2011 01:04 PM

                Nowhere else on the East End, North or South Fork, can you have a fantastic Pan Asian meal (Tony's Asian Fusian) and then stumble across the street (Rt 25) and enjoy some of the best Ice Cream ever (Magic Fountain) and all in little old Mattituck!!! Go figure!!
                I am so glad I moved out of East Hampton, the land of NO!

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                  EricMM RE: Motosport Aug 24, 2011 01:40 PM

                  How is Tony's? I haven't heard anything about it, but it always seems busy. It just opened up last month or so, in that building that had been vacant forever.

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                    Motosport RE: EricMM Aug 24, 2011 01:45 PM

                    Tony's in Mattituck is excellent I.M.H.O. Great service, food and ambience. Magic Fountain being across the street is a big plus!!
                    The place was packed last night, Tuesday.
                    It's our new after movie spot.
                    There used to be a "diner" in that spot. Good breakfast. Never ate there otherwise.

                    Magic Fountain
                    Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

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                      EricMM RE: Motosport Aug 24, 2011 03:14 PM

                      Glad to hear. I generally avoid "fusion" places, at least when I'm back in the city. But Asian options are pretty limited on the North Fork, so a place like this is pretty useful. Now to convince my family to try it.............

                2. roxlet RE: synergy Aug 25, 2011 08:27 AM

                  We stopped by Magic Fountain yesterday for some Moose Tracks to go. Fabulous.

                  Magic Fountain
                  Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

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                    Scott_R RE: synergy Feb 2, 2012 02:03 PM

                    Frack! Magic Fountain is for sale? Still open, I think, but....

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                      roxlet RE: Scott_R Feb 2, 2012 03:16 PM

                      Oh, no! Moose tracks is my son's favorite ice cream ever!

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                        drthil RE: Scott_R Feb 3, 2012 04:57 AM

                        Shame, but would explain their recent LivingSocial promo & 'Loyalty weekend' deal last month. Did you see a sign out front? I was there a couple weeks back and didn't notice anything so it must've been in the works.

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                          Motosport RE: Scott_R Feb 3, 2012 06:39 AM

                          Oh No Mr Bill!!!!!!!!!!!! The current owner just bough it a couple of years ago.
                          It's my go to place for dessert after a movie or Tony's Asian Fusion!!!
                          My favorite lunch spot is Snowflake, since it's so close to my office, but for the first time in history they are closed for the Winter!! I have to drive all the way to Dairiland near Homeside Florist (we call it homicide florist) for a nice hot fudge/marshamallow/black cherry lunch!!!

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                            coll RE: Motosport Feb 3, 2012 10:46 AM

                            Sounds like the ice cream business doing as badly as everyone else. Too bad. At least Dairiland is taking up the slack.

                            Speaking of Mattituck, I am going to try Big City Burger/Atomic Wings in the near future, my BIL used to dine at one of the ones in Manhattan several times a week when he worked there, and spoke of it as a Mecca.

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                              roxlet RE: coll Feb 3, 2012 11:56 AM

                              Where did that open, coll? Mattituck Plaza?

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                                Scott_R RE: coll Feb 3, 2012 11:58 AM

                                I was watching the video here,
                                and cringed when I saw the guy pressing the spatula down on the burger--that's high on the "do not do" list when making burgers. I looked for a contact email (just trying to be helpful) for them but came up empty.

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                                  Motosport RE: coll Feb 3, 2012 12:21 PM

                                  Let us know how it is coll!! Jen's, Tony's, Elbow Room and Legends are our after movie dinner destinations!!

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                                    coll RE: Motosport Feb 3, 2012 12:54 PM

                                    They already opened, I'm sure they pushed for Superbowl. There was a soft opening already at least. They're a couple of doors down from Michaelangelos (who just added a bar in the back I think). I would have hit them Sunday but already ordered a bunch of BBQ for the two of us at Maple Tree.

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                                      Motosport RE: coll Feb 3, 2012 12:55 PM

                                      I'll wait for you to give a review!!

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                                        coll RE: Motosport Feb 3, 2012 01:00 PM

                                        OK it's a deal.

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                                    Scott_R RE: coll Feb 4, 2012 02:28 PM

                                    Coll, from what I understand Magic Fountain is doing well, but the owner is simply looking to move. He is, apparently willing to wait a year or two to sell to find the right successor who'll keep up the quality.

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                                      coll RE: Scott_R Feb 4, 2012 03:13 PM

                                      Good to know, I'll have to stop by more often this summer.

                              2. Motosport RE: synergy Feb 7, 2012 03:14 PM

                                Bachelor night tonight so I stopped by Tony's for some of their fabulous Red Curry. YUMMY!!
                                While I waited I walked over to Magic Fountain and spoke to the boss. Yes, he wants to sell, move from Long Island and open another Ice Cream palace. "Of course, I have to wait for the right buyer who will carry on." One can hope!! He has done such a great job. I wished him well.
                                FYI: I got a pint of avocado/coconut and another pint of pistachio/cherry. Excellent!!

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                                  coll RE: Motosport Feb 7, 2012 05:14 PM

                                  Oh I drove by yesterday and said "Avocado-Coconut sounds like a great idea"; but didn't have time to stop. Maybe this weekend, if the weather stays nice.

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