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Our favorite Ice Cream Places

There is nothing like ice cream. It is festive when you are in the mood to celebrate something, even if it’s as simple as a perfect summer day. When you’re down, then ice cream is comforting and uplifting, all at the same time. And it is appealing to young and old alike. Happily, Long Islanders are never far away from rich, creamy homemade ice cream in myriad forms and seemingly endless flavors. Some people are content with the classics — vanilla, chocolate, strawberry — while others gravitate toward the fanciful — coconut-jalapeno, say, or even matcha green tea. Still, others like to indulge in old-times soda fountain conceptions such as sundaes, floats and banana splits. It’s all good — not to mention a great excuse for a drive. Here’s an array of Long Island’s scoop shops and sit-down ice cream parlors. Illustration by Neville Harvey

CoolMess

Each table has a personal ice cream maker. Pour in a chocolate or vanilla custard or dairy-free strawberry sorbet, add mix-ins and wait eight minutes. Also: ready-made ice cream, a cereal bar and hot food.

1512 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn

516-801-2665 http://www.coolmess.com/

Five Pennies Creamery

Nods to the past include egg creams made with Fox’s U-Bet and seltzer from old-fashioned siphons, soft-serve Coney Island custard and Italian fruit ices that are used in the layered custard-and-ice Cyclone.

11 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre

516-608-4344 https://www.fivepenniescreameryny.com/

Frozen Cow Ices & Cream

It took some serious scoops to open an ice cream store a block away from Marvel (see number 10), but try inventive flavors such as sea-salt caramel, and the breakfast special, made with maple syrup, bacon and Belgian waffle.

300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach

516-665-3997 http://www.frozencowicesandcream.com/

Henry’s Confectionery

Since 1929, Henry’s has been serving Glen Cove residents classic luncheonette fare and homemade ice cream.

8 Glen St., Glen Cove

516-671-3222

Hicksville Sweet Shop

This shop harks back to a time when luncheonettes made their own ice cream, sauces and syrups as well as candies and molded chocolates. The malteds and sodas are outstanding.

75 Broadway, Hicksville

516-931-0130

Hildebrant’s

At this Long Island institution, flavors may include root-beer rock ’n’ roll and lemon-meringue pie. Try the Flatcar (ice cream on pound cake with chocolate fudge), or the Sundae Shot, served in a shot glass.

84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park

516-741-0608 https://www.hildebrandtsrestaurant.com/

Itgen’s

Here, what many consider to be Long Island’s best hot fudge is deep, dark and solidifies upon contact with ice cream. Another winner: the butterscotch sundae.

211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream

516-825-7444

Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour

The recipes for toasted almond and coconut have hardly changed in 60 years. The chocolate is sweet and kid-friendly; newer flavors include pralines and cream and chocolate-covered strawberry.

11 Central Ave., Massapequa

516-797-3149

Marshall’s Ice Cream Bar

Marshall’s shares a parking lot with Massapequa’s All American Drive-In. The place, which started as a Carvel in 1952, is now independently owned and makes its own ice cream and a mean malted.

4276 Merrick Rd., Massapequa

516-798-9723

Marvel Frozen Dairy

This icon got new owners in 2014, but aside from a fresh coat of paint, they haven’t changed a thing. Folks still line up for the Brown Bonnet, a loaded cone or cup upended into a vat of melted chocolate that instantly hardens.

258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach

516-889-4232

Sweet Treats on the Wharf

The frozen delights include hard ice cream, soft-serve, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sorbet and Hawaiian shave ice.

405 Main St., Port Washington

516-708-1706

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen

Little has changed since the place opened in 1925. The ice cream is still homemade and fruit flavors, often made with local fruit in season, are a specialty.

2391 Main St., Bridgehampton

631-537-9885

Coyle’s (Bay Shore)

The bestselling flavor is chocolate raspberry truffle: chocolate ice cream blended with raspberry sauce, laced with more raspberry sauce and punctuated with chocolate chunks.

75 Howell’s Rd., Bay Shore

631-666-2229 https://www.coylesicecream.com/

Coyle’s (Islip)

The bestselling flavor is chocolate raspberry truffle: chocolate ice cream blended with raspberry sauce, laced with more raspberry sauce and punctuated with chocolate chunks.

509 Main St., Islip

631-617-5014 https://www.coylesicecream.com/

Herrell’s Ice Cream

In addition to ice creams flavored with malt, there’s a refined malted sundae that includes warm homemade penuche sauce, made with brown sugar and butter.

46L Gerard St., Huntington

631-673-1100 http://www.herrellshuntington.com/

Ice Cream Cottage

The unparalleled variety of cones includes sugar, wafer, double wafer, waffle, chocolate waffle, chocolate chip, chocolate wafer, pretzel and m & m.

1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic

631-395-3580 https://www.icecreamcottage.net/

McNulty’s

Flavors include vanilla–peanut butter and cherry vanilla. The little ones dig (sorry) the Sand Pail sundae, served in a plastic pail with a rake, shovel, scoop and spoon.

153 N. Country Rd., Miller Place

631-474-3543

Magic Fountain

This North Fork stalwart is famous for unexpected flavors, including kulfi (an Indian confection), chocolate-chili and goat cheese. Also available: dairy-free options such as vegan raspberry.

9825 Main Rd., Mattituck

631-298-4908 https://magicfountainlongisland.com/

Nitro Space

“Space-age” ice cream is made to order in minutes using super-cold blasts of liquid nitrogen. Two faves: Coffee Capacitor (with chocolate-covered espresso beans) and Little Green Man (matcha ice cream with Kit Kat bars).

22 Clinton Ave., Huntington

631-923-3056 https://www.thenitrospace.com/

Northport Sweet Shop

At this luncheonette, in business since before World War II, the homemade ice cream appears in Milk Frosts (milkshakes garnished with a scoop of ice cream) and other old-fashioned concoctions.

55 Main St., Northport

631-261-3748 http://www.northportsweetshop.com/

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

This neighborhood mainstay has hard and softice cream, ice cream cakes and more. The banana ice cream is a standout.

1025 Straight Path, West Babylon

631-669-3020

Roger’s Frigate

It’s all here: hard ice cream, soft-serve, frozen yogurt, candy, chocolates, gelato, popcorn, fudge, smoothies, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn. Don’t miss the Fruit Cream Blast, a blend of soft-serve vanilla and fruit sorbet.

99 Main St., Port Jefferson

631-474-8888 http://www.portjeffersonfrigate.com/

Sip ‘N Soda

At this Southampton fixture (since 1958), the Four Queens sundae features homemade chocolate syrup (a rarity) poured over four scoops of homemade ice cream, with whipped cream and a cherry.

40 Hampton Rd., Southampton

631-283-9752 http://sipnsoda.com/

Snowflake

Sundae flavors follow the North Fork’s fruit harvest, starting with strawberries and ending with peaches. Mix or match toppings with your favorite flavor ice cream or be a purist: strawberry ice cream with strawberry sauce, peach with peach.

1148 W. Main St., Riverhead

631-727-4394 http://snowflakeicecream.com/

Star Confectionery

The ice cream at this landmark is made either by third-generation owner Anthony Meras or his father (also Anthony), who makes his own chocolate flavoring base with Hershey’s cocoa powder. The result is clean and chocolaty, with a caramel undertone.

4 E. Main St., Riverhead

631-727-9873 https://www.star-confectionery.com/