Out-of-this-world ice cream isn’t what typically comes to mind when you think of the vibrant, diverse food scene that Long Island has to offer. However, there are a few local spots that have put our area on the map as one of the country’s top places to get this frozen treat. Here are the best ice cream shops where you can experience the deliciousness first-hand.
Long Island’s Best Ice Cream Shops
Manny’s Sweet Treats
Manny’s Sweet Treats in Mineola has recently become our area’s one-stop shop for everything sugar-filled, especially when it comes to desserts and ice cream. Manny’s really does have it all. Try their outrageous gelatos, waffles, crepes, pastries, sno cones, milkshakes, sodas, candy and so much more.
However, their homemade gelato is where it’s really at. Stop by and order a couple scoops of their delicious flavors, including:
- Dolce Latte
- White Chocolate
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel
- Yogurt Mixed Berry
Manny’s Sweet Treats truly has the widest, most delicious and diverse selection of desserts in our area, so you’re just going to have to keep visiting until you try them all!
International Delight Café
With locations in Bellmore and Rockville Centre, the famous International Delight Café has always been known as a diner with unbelievably incredible ice cream, which happens to be gelato-style due to all of the air whipped in. They’ve also gained a significant amount of media attention.
Man Vs. Food
In 2011, Adam Richman and “Man Vs. Food,” a Travel Channel show about giant edible conquests, stopped by the Bellmore location to try to conquer “The World” Sundae. It consists of over two gallons of gelato, homemade Belgian waffles and unlimited toppings!
You certainly don’t have to try that monstrosity of a sundae, but they have tons of other great tasting dinner fare and delicious ice cream flavors that are just as good as they sound.
Walt Itgen’s Ice Cream Parlour
If you find yourself near Valley Stream with an appetite for a delicious frozen treat, look no further than Walt Itgen’s Ice Cream Parlour. It’s an old-school luncheonette that serves mouth-watering candy, ice cream and All-American cuisine.
Start your meal with an old-fashioned tuna melt or bacon cheeseburger and a fountain soda. Then, get your sugar fix with one of their signature sundaes, like:
- Itgen’s S’more Sundae
- Banana Skyscraper
- Reagan’s Jelly Beaner
- Valley Stream Special
On your way out, make sure that you grab one of the classic candies that they keep at the counter!
If you’re looking for the best ice cream shops on Long Island, then you really can’t go wrong with any of these fine establishments.