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The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops In The Tri-State Area

May 20, 2012 7:00 AM

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We’ve already brought you our picks for the best ice cream in Manhattan, and with the warm weather in full effect, we thought it best to hit the other four boroughs – and across the Tri-State – in search of the most delectable chilled-out sweets. Check out these fantastic ice cream places outside of Manhattan for a treat to cool you down. By Yvo Sin.

Coyle’s Homemade Ice Cream

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75 Howells Rd
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(631) 666-2229

Walking into Coyle’s is like taking a step back in time; back when things were simple, dime stores sold sodas for a dime, and your children would play in the street without adult supervision for hours, but knew to come home as soon as the street lamps flickered on. The ice cream here operates on the same principle: keep things simple, but delicious. With plenty of flavors to choose from, including maple walnut, banana, Oreo, strawberry cheesecake… you’ll be transported to simpler times, and leave with a happy belly full of ice cream.

Denville Dairy

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34 Broadway
Denville, NJ 07834
(973) 627-4214
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Denville Dairy knows what’s important to people: homemade ice cream that won’t kill you. Lines can get pretty long during peak summer times, but the wait is well worth it for their incredible ice cream – fluffy, airy, light, and it comes in nonfat, sugar free, or of course good old regular full-fat, fully delicious ice cream. And while the ice cream is great, the ice cream cakes are even better; pick your occasion and let them help you design the perfect cake to celebrate.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop

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105-29 Metropolitan Ave
Queens, NY 11367
(718) 520-8514

When you enter Eddie’s, on your right is a display case of candy; many of them the kind you got when you were a kid. Flood your senses with nostalgia as you pore over the selection; turn to your left and the original bar with original barstools and even the original cash register are all still there. Though the shop is mostly staffed by young kids, the service is still with a smile, and if you’re nice enough, they might even offer to share their egg cream with you. Every flavor of ice cream is homemade, as is the whipped cream and all of the syrups and toppings. A cup of ice cream will set you back $2.50, but you’ll want to add fudge; it will flow over the sides of your cup, making your sweet treat even better.

Halo Pub

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4617 Nottingham Way
Trenton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-1811

9 Hulfish Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 921-1710

At Halo Pub, homemade ice cream takes on a whole new meaning: the milk is from nearby Halo Farm, which is owned and operated by the same people. The love and care that go into each scoop of ice cream is evident in the taste: divine. Rich ice cream without being too sugary sweet, you’d be hard pressed to find something bad about Halo Pub’s ice cream. The interior is decorated with plenty of bovine knicknacks should you forget where the ice cream comes from, but no matter: dive into your ice cream and cool off. Heavenly.

Jahn’s

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81-04 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 651-0700

Jahn’s is a Queens institution; though it used to boast multiple locations, it is now down to the single one in Jackson Heights. The feel of it is old school diner, and it’s true that unlike the other places on this list, they also serve regular food. But the real draw here is the ice cream; Everything But the Kitchen Sink, for example, which is a popular children’s birthday party treat contains 22 scoops of ice cream, 11 different toppings, and as many spoons as you’d like, sure to bring smiles of delight to children and gasps of horror from the adults as kids dive face-first into the giant bowls.

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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of Feisty Foodie.

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