Hi, Katherine Curry, back with another ice cream report.
There are two King Kones in our area, unrelated to one another as far as I know — one’s in Pearl River and the other’s in Somers, not far from Muscoot Farm. They have much in common — both are perfect summer ice cream spots, with picnic tables and a walk-up window where you order your soft-serve or hard ice cream. I’ll post soon about the Pearl River King Kone, which serves some mighty tasty frozen custard. Today I have some details about the Somers King Kone.
At the King Kone in Somers, you can order…well…just about anything under the sun short of a steak dinner.
I have to confess I haven’t tried the food–I don’t come to King Kone for a lobster roll. I like a soft-serve vanilla/chocolate twist, or maybe a vanilla soft-serve cone dipped in chocolate.
The Somers King Kone sign says they’re serving frozen custard, but what I’ve tasted seems more like regular soft-serve…not that there’s anything wrong with that. King Kone’s soft serve is okay, but it’s missing the transcendent richness and dense creaminess of frozen custard. Nevertheless, I like to take my kids to the Somers King Kone — and I’m not the only one. We usually stop by after a visit to Muscoot Farm, which has a nice little farmer’s market on Sundays.
King Kone is usually packed with families, soccer teams, and little league teams, everyone summoned by the beacon of that giant ice cream cone.
A kids’ size cone is $3 for soft-serve, $3.50 for hard ice cream, medium is $3.50 for soft-serve and $4 for hard ice cream. Add sprinkles or a dip and it’s an exra 50 cents, and toppings are 75 cents. There are also milkshakes, egg creams, sundaes, flurries (soft serve with candy mixed in), and a banana split, which is extra-indulgent when made with soft-serve. The hard ice cream is from Steve’s, a Long Island-based ice cream company.
I’m glad to have King Kone nearby, but it’s not my go-to place for soft-serve or custard — it’s more about the experience here, in the same way that I don’t go to Red Rooster in Brewster for its burgers, which are, in my opinion, so-so. Savoring a soft-serve cone at one of the picnic tables and visiting with neighbors is the quintessential nostalgic American summer evening.
If You Go:
King Kone, Whitehall Corner at intersection of Route 35 & 100, Somers. 914-232-0571. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 pm Friday-Saturday.