Digging In For National Ice Cream Month


Ice cream is synonymous with summer, so it’s only natural that July would be National Ice Cream month. There are plenty of places to eat your way through on Long Island and in New York City. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop

105-29 Metropolitan Ave.
Forest Hills

Vito Citrano and his family have been calling the shots since 1968 with all ice cream being made on the premises. Fans of this tasty treat can choose from 20 different flavores that include mint chip, butter pecan and orange sherbert and the more offbeat pistachio pineapple and tutti frutti.
Go-To Dessert: The Broadway
This Citrano favorite combines seltzer, coffee ice cream and home-made whipped cream.

Coyle’s Ice Cream

75 Howells Rd.,
Bay Shore

A banana split at Coyle's
A banana split at Coyle’s

With recipes for 300 different flavors that he’s made on site since opening up in 1985, Marty Coyle has come up with quite a number of off-beat ice cream types that include Crazy Vanilla (vanilla with food colors in it), chocolate raspberry (vanilla ice cream with chocolate and sauce with chocolate chunks and raspberry sauce layered into it) and Holy Cannoli (cannoli cream, vanilla ice cream, cannoli shells and chocolate chips). The Bay Shore ice cream king also has a smaller, second location on Main Street in Islip.
Go-To Dessert: 1963 Style Banana Split
Get on board with a pint’s worth of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream piled with pineapples, strawberries, black cherries, chocolate sauce and nuts all topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry.


84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park

A Hildebrandt Cookie Dough Sundae
A Hildebrandt Cookie Dough Sundae

A Williston Park mainstay, this dinette has a full lunch and dinner menu with desserts being the crown jewel here. All 15 ice cream flavors are homemade on site and include chocolate sherbert, maple walnut, cappucino chip and banana with an assortment of toppings available including fruit, marshamallow, wet and dry nuts.
Go-To Dessert: Cookie Dough Sundae
One scoop of ice cream with a cookie dough shell covered by whipped cream, hot fudge and a cherry.

Nana’s Ice Cream And Coffee Shop

225A Post Ave., Westbury
Comfy couches welcome patrons while the walls are festooned with the work of local artists. While this is the one shop that uses an ice cream distributor (Hershey’s), proprieters Jason and Tiffany Blair make their own waffle cones, whipped cream, shaved ice, bubble tea and sorbet on the premises.
Go-To Dessert: Salted Caramel Bubble Tea
Salted caramel truffle ice cream and coconut milk with tapioca on the bottom. Topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a caramel macaroni.

Krisch’s Restaurant And Ice Cream Parlour

11 Central Ave., Massapequa

Krisch’s Massapequa special

A Massapequa staple for close to 60 years, Krisch’s is rightfully lauded for its burgers and breakfast menu. Yet, home-made ice cream with top-of-the-line ingredients drives this culinary ship. Discerning dessert mavens can choose from an array of flavors including dark chocolate strawberry, rainbow cookie, fluffernutter and burgundy cherry.
Go-To Dessert: Massapequa Special
This confection is made up of two scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, marshmallow, whipped cream and a cherry, an ingredient proprietor Steven McCue insists every sundae must have.

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In addition to being editor of Hicksville News and Massapequa Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).


  1. There are more places to purchase ice cream and Italian Ice in the Westbury/Carle Place area: Juice Box, Carvel (2), Flash Freeze, Café Gino’s, Maria’s Bakery and several others.

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