As Small Bites fans already know, Katherine Curry has been on The Journal News Ice Cream Odyssey all summer long. The fruit of her labors was a series of articles in our Sunday Express sections this weekend. Here’s a recap of the article that appeared in those sections, with links to the local spots she mentioned.
And, after the jump, her article from Life&Style, where she names her picks for the best ice cream in the region. You won’t want to miss that roundup!
With so many excellent pints of ice cream available in grocery and specialty stores, it can be hard to justify the expense and effort required for a trip to an ice cream parlor, unless you have a Little League team in tow. Even the most reasonably priced ice cream shops in our area charge close to $3 for a scoop, which is at least halfway to the price of a pint of store-bought premium ice cream.
So when you go out for ice cream, you want it to be good. Really good. And with that in mind, I spent the summer scouring the area for the best places to stop for a cone. My focus was on great experiences and, when possible, homemade and regionally produced ice cream. After all, you don’t need me to tell you about your local Coldstone Creamery, do you?
Sometimes a place may not be serving the most wonderful or unique ice cream, but the atmosphere makes it a great nostalgic stop on a summer day. For other places, it truly is all about the taste of the scoop in my cup. (Or cone.)
Food writer Michael Stern of Roadfood fame, who lives in Connecticut and has ventured across the border into New York for many a cone himself, has spent a lifetime eating ice cream across America.
“The one thing for me that makes for a great and memorable ice cream experience, aside from the ice cream itself, is the sense of fun that one has getting it,”?he says. “Going out for ice cream is a fundamentally democratic experience; it’s a food that everyone has access to.”
As for the treat itself, Stern notes the fundamental paradox of ice cream. “Ice cream can be extremely rich and also extremely refreshing, which is unique, because the two are, in my mind, normally contradictory.”
As I chronicled my summer-long ice cream research on the Small Bites blog at LoHud.com — I only half-jokingly called it the Journal News Ice Cream Odyssey — I discovered that finding great local ice cream in our area can be a challenge, and I?wondered why.
Is it the typically high rents? That’s possible, because certainly the profits on ice cream can’t be huge. Do we not care as much about ice cream as folks in ice cream-centric areas such as New England? I doubt that — I’ve met many ice cream devotees on my travels this summer who (like me) would drive miles for a good scoop.
But here’s the thought that’s kept me awake at nights (or was it indigestion from too much ice cream?): What if I missed the best ice cream place of all? If I did, readers, please let me know at email@example.com. I’ll do a follow-up online.
For now, here’s a look at one of my favorite ice cream shops in the region:
After the jump, Katherine’s picks for the best of the best.
If you go
Here’s where to find the shops mentioned in this article.
Abbott’s Frozen Custard: 1143 E. Main St., Shrub Oak. 845-282-1761.
Bellizi: 153 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco. 914-241-1200.
The Blue Pig: 121 Maple St., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-3850.
Cone Zone: 747 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack. 845-353-4800.
The Cupcake Kitchen: 100 Main St., Irvington. 914-231-6261.
Hoyers: 17 Route 9W, West Haverstraw. 845-947-3652.
Johnny Gelato: 1100 Route 52, Kent. 845-225-0076.
King Kone: 136 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-620-0728.
King Kone: 109 Route 100, Somers. 914-232-0571.
La Tulipe: 455 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco. 914-242-4555.
• 1074 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale. 914-725-5932.
• 104 S. Ridge St., Rye Brook. 914-315-6688.
• 395 N. Main St., Armonk. 914-273-3551.
• 4 Elm Place, Rye. 914-967-3797.
• 1941 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-0207.
Lou’s Kitchen: 257 Mamaroneck Ave. (behind the Mamaroneck Playhouse, Mamaroneck. 914-889-3326.
Main Street Sweets: 35 N. Main St., Tarrytown. 914-332-5757.
Ossining Pizzeria: 181 Croton Ave., Ossining. 914-762-1455.
33 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-3694.
350 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-315-1598.
Palateria La Flor de Michoacan: 574 North Ave., New Rochelle. 914-235-2781.
The Palisades Market: 243 Route 9W, Palisades. 845-359-3911.
Pane e Gelato: 290 White Plains Road, Eastchester. 914-337-1800.
The Purple Monkey
• 238 S. Highland Ave., Ossining 914-488-5534.
• 171 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-862-0622.
Roc ’N Roe’s Pop Shop: 11 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville. 914-747-9797.
Temptations: 80 1/2 Main St., Nyack. 845-353-3355.
Treat Station: 21 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-788-4141.
Via Vanti: 2 Kirby Plaza, Mt. Kisco. 914-666-6400.
Wally’s: 145 S. Main St., New City. 845-634-3001.