After surviving a record-breaking heat wave, Long Islanders have good reason to celebrate with a nice vanilla cone, especially since July is national ice cream month. Put away the Ben & Jerry’s and hold off on going to the ice cream franchise down the block. Instead, here are some independent, family-owned ice cream shops on the Island that are delicious homegrown alternatives.

Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Krisch’s in Massapequa

11 Central Ave., Massapequa 516-797-3149

This 1950s-themed restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for nearly a century, although it is best known for its sweet treats such as their homemade ice cream.  Whether customers are in the mood to cool off with an old-fashioned dessert item such as an ice cream soda or something more unusual like the Super Sock Hop Sundae, there are more than 30 flavors of ice cream, so there is something for everyone.

The Hollow Creamery

538 Westbury Ave., Carle Place 516-280-3703


This dessert shop sells coffee and espresso drinks but is best recognized for its homemade ice cream, which is made with high-quality ingredients in a variety of unique flavors.  The Hollow Creamery has free WiFi, a cozy atmosphere and a store owner who is a science teacher that is happy to teach customers the science of ice cream.

Magic Fountain

9825 Main Rd., Mattituck 631-298-4908

Magic Fountain opened in 1977 with the aim of bringing the joy of homemade frozen treats to everyone. The store has since flourished as one of the most popular ice cream shops on Long Island. It serves dozens of ice cream flavors, and as of recently, 32 flavors of soft serve ice cream.

Coyle’s Homemade Ice Cream

75 Howells Rd., Bay Shore and 509 Main Street, Islip 631-666-2229

Whether it’s the old-fashioned booths or the vintage jukebox, patrons will feel like they were transported back in time. This ice cream parlor has been serving 60 flavors of ice cream since 1985.

Sweets of the Spoon

Sweet of the Spoon
Sweet of the Spoon

597 Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-849-4771

The ice cream shop includes premium hard and soft ice creams and ices. The ice cream is displayed in shallow gelato pans and is handmade on the premises from local Italian ingredients.

McNulty Ice Cream Parlor

153 N Country Rd., Miller Place 631-474-3543

This shop has been a hot spot of the Miller Place community since it opened in 1991. It offers more than 40 homemade flavors of ice cream and Italian ices. The most popular flavors include moose tracks, raspberry truffle, mint chunk and vanilla peanut butter. The sand pail sundae, which includes a scoop of ice cream with one topping, whipped cream and a cherry served in a plastic pail is a favorite among children.

Walt Itgen’s Ice Cream Parlour

211 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream 516-825-7444

Walt Itgen first opened this old fashioned shop in 1967. It serves luncheonette-style food, but what really stands out is their ice cream. All of the toppings from the whipped cream to the wet nuts and syrups are homemade, which are perfect complements to the shop’s homemade ice cream.

Hildebrandt’s Restaurant

84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-741-0608

This old school soda shop, which offers diner style food and homemade ice cream, has been in business since the 1920s.  Some of the ice cream flavors include root-beer rock ‘n’ roll, chocolate-mint wafer, crème brulee, banana foster and lemon-meringue pie.

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe

1148 West Main St., Riverhead 631- 727-4394

This ice cream parlor is usually buzzing with locals since it started serving homemade ice cream upon opening in 1953. A popular treat on the menu is the “Peconic Swamp Thing,” which is a blend of chocolate ice cream, fudge and brownies with ribbons of raspberry puree.

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen

2391 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton 631-537-9885

This homemade ice cream shop founded in 1925 offers breakfast all day. Its fruit flavors made from local fruit in season are a specialty.

Marvel Dairy Whip

258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach 516-889-4232

After soaking up the sun, beachgoers head over to this hot spot to enjoy a frozen treat. This Lido Beach landmark specializes in soft-serve ice cream.

Grandma’s Kitchen

316 Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon 631-661-5282

In 1987, Nancy Sweeney opened this family-style ice cream parlor in hopes of recreating old childhood memories. That dream came alive in the form of homemade ice cream and frozen specialties.

Ice Cream Cottage

1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic 631-395-3580

John Pastore has been making ice cream from scratch for more than 20 years and frequently has a line out the door. This homemade ice cream comes in more than 48 flavors including garlic, pork and beans and wine sorbet.

International Delight Cafe

322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore and 241 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre 516-409-5772

This gelato-inspired ice cream is made with very little air whipped into it. The owner, Toni Rollandi, a devoted chocoholic, makes dozens of unique chocolate flavors.

Hicksville Sweet Shop

75 Broadway, Hicksville 516-931-0130

This restaurant first opened in 1925 as an ice cream bar. The owners, Phillip and Eva Zouro, take pride in the fact that they make their own ice cream, sauces, syrups and molded chocolates. Chocolate is their specialty flavor, which is made from a rich chocolate base intensified by their own cocoa flavoring.


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