Hi, Katherine Curry, back with a report on — what else? — ice cream, this time in Rockland County.
I’ve made several back-to-back visits to Cone Zone in West Nyack, and Wally’s in New City — after all, they’re only about 5 miles apart. They’re both charming little seasonal ice cream shops. This is a chocolate ice cream zone from Wally’s — a perfect summer evening treat.
Boy, I wish I lived closer to Wally’s. There are so many choices on Wally’s menu, there’s no way I’ll ever make it through all the possibilities.
Perched on a corner of South Main Street in New City, Wally’s calls itself an ice cream parlor, but it’s really a walk-up window with outdoor seating.
Take your time — even if there isn’t a line, you’ll be there a while. So many choices! And if there is a line — well, bring a book, because the friendly service can be slow at times. I waited in line for over ten minutes the other day, and there were only about 6 people ahead of me.
At Wally’s, the hard ice cream is from Perry’s, the same upstate New York ice cream you’ll find at Cone Zone. There are lots of flavors to choose from — I’ve sampled the basic hard vanilla and chocolate, both good flavors with nice, old-fashioned ice cream texture. My friend and I tried a sample of the new banana cream pie, which I wasn’t crazy about — having recently had the strawberry banana ice cream at Croton’s Blue Pig, I thought this banana tasted very artificial. Other flavors — there are over 18 — include rum raisin, Oreo cookie, butter pecan, chocolate peanut butter, coconut, and maple walnut.
Really, you could spend all day trying to decide what to order — soft yogurt? hard ice cream? soft ice cream? sherbert? sundae? milkshake? float? smoothie? Wizard? (that’s a cup of soft-serve mixed with your choice of candy, and topped with whipped cream).
The soft serve is justifiably renowned. And most of the hard ice cream is pretty darn good. But what makes Wally’s so special — beyond its great neighborhood vibe — is the array of frozen novelties, like the vanilla or chocolate Wally pops, large ice cream sandwiches, raspberry sandwiches, frozen bananas, and the doughboy, a delicious treat on a stick: it’s vanilla ice cream coated in cookie dough pieces and dipped in chocolate.
Apologies for not getting an actual picture of any of these. Between the long lines and several impatient seven year olds, I couldn’t manage to get a photo of the doughboy or vanilla sandwich until they were extremely unphotogenic.
Prices at Wally’s make it easy to keep coming back — a regular soft-serve cone is only $2.40, hard ice cream $2.60. Sundaes start at $3.30. You can sit on a bench on Wally’s front porch, or at a picnic table around back, and start thinking about what you’ll order next time.
At Cone Zone, the ice cream is also from Perry’s, and there are over a dozen flavors to choose from.
Perry’s is an ice cream company based in Akron, NY whose ice cream I first tasted in the Buffalo ice cream & candy institution Parkside Candies. Check out this amazing interior — the store dates back to 1827.
What Perry’s does best, in my opinion, is extra-goopy, extra-sweet ice cream flavors, like Muddy Sneakers (white chocolate ice cream with chocolate peanut candies, milk chocolate flakes, and caramel swirls) and the wacky-sounding Panda Paws (relax, no pandas were harmed in the making of this ice cream). Panda Paws consists of vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and swirls of fudge. Extremely sweet and, once in a while, extremely good. This is a medium cup of Muddy Sneakers and Death By Chocolate (chocolate covered almonds, chocolate truffles and fudge chips) together. Yum! And….ugh. Too much!
There’s also frozen yogurt, sundaes, shakes, malts, and twenty-one toppings/mix-ins to choose from, including Twix bars and Andes mints.
You can sit at one of the little tables inside, or take your ice cream outside to one of the benches. I love the Palisades Amusement Park poster on the wall.
If you get soft-serve, though, you might want to eat it inside. On one visit, my daughter ordered a vanilla soft-serve zone with sprinkles. We took it outside on a not-at-all-hot day (it was under 80 degrees and not humid) and within two minutes, the entire cone began to self-destruct. Here’s the cone as the great sprinkle slide began.
The sprinkles fell off in clumps, and the ice cream began to melt more rapidly than I’ve ever seen. I have a feeling the soft-serve isn’t quite frozen enough. Get it in a cup or wear a bib!
If You Go:
Wally’s, 145 S. Main St., New City. 845-634-3001. Noon-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Cone Zone, 747 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack. 845-353-4800. Noon-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. Noon-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday.