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

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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(credit: Coyle’s)

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

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.


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(credit: Jahn’s)

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.

  • Dottye

    My brother, Mike, was recently in from Syracuse and we visited our old neighborhood, Forest Hills.

    The main stop was Eddie’s Sweet Shop — a B&W milkshake and egg cream for him, banana ice cream with hot fudge for me. Just like old times, after a good report card. Great fun!

  • Dottye

    Someone remember Addie Valens … do you remember the train that ran around the counter delivering coffee and sandwiches? lol

    I remember Eddie’s when it was owned by a family and called Witts’ — my Dad worked there nights and weekends, and I was parked in a carriage at the side of the counter. Good report cards were always celebrated at Witts’ and later at Eddie’s when it changed hands. Nice memories, great ice cream. :o)

  • Rumrunner

    Bischoff’s in Teaneck has been around forever and has the best homemade ice cream around.

  • Bill

    I did not realize that Jahn’s was still in business somewhere. I remember their Queens Blvd location in Rego Park (which then became CompUSA, not sure what is there now). There used to be a place on Continental/71st Avenue in Forest Hills — Addie Valens that had the best hot fudge sundaes. I used to live walking distance from there. Have not been to Eddie’s in many years. I should go since my father still lives nearby.

  • Maureen Kiernan

    You are forgetting to mention Eggers Ice Shop on Forest Ave. Staten Island…I been going to Egggers as far back as I can remember..home made ice cream/whip cream the works a great stop for the real thing!!!!

    • JWFarley

      I second this recommendation for Egger’s on SI, it is deeeelicious. Their pumpkin ice cream at Halloween, is out of this world! :D Now I’m totally going there tonight.

  • Love My Frenchys

    ” COYLES ” is a very well known ice cream
    shop .. you will never be displeased going there , great service , Unbelievable ice creams , and check out Karaoke night ! The
    owners of this place have really made it a
    Landmark ! You will be Pleasantly Surprised.

  • Five Pennies

    Five Pennies,on park avenue in rockville centre,,homemade ice cream at its best

  • Tara

    WOW Great Job Coyles….. The Ice Cream is Delicious and the atmosphere is Great!! I remember when you took over the store and made it your own ….. Great JOB and Thank you for ALWAYS supporting the schools and for opening one in Islip !!!!!
    XO Tara

  • Alice

    Not suprised to see Coyles listed first. That place is awesome and the ice creaam is wonderful. Just seeing the pic has me going tonight for my faviorite HOT FUDGE SUNDAE!!! Love to hang out for a spell and enjoy the environment. It is such a COOL PLACE. If you haven;t been, I promise you won;t be disappointed. If you have, you know what I;m talking about. Contrats to Coyles, they deserve the HYPE.

  • Christine

    I wonder how much “the Kitchen Sink” is these days.

    • john


  • Anthony Pepe

    mmm eddie’s sweet shop whipped cream. so good

  • Joe Fairclough

    I grew up on Metropolitan Ave in Kew Gardens and several nights a month the family took a ride to Eddie’s even tho Carvel was just a little further down Metro. However the old Jahn’s in Richmond Hill next door to the RKO Keiths was a great place for all us RIchmond Hill HS attendees.

    • karen albert

      I went to that John’s too after every graduation or dance. How I loved it.

      • Joe Fairclough


      • Yvo

        I’ve been to that Jahn’s too! I was really sad when it closed.

  • David Ruffin

    I have only one thing to say………Krisch’s in Massapequa has been in business since 1955. Not only should it have been on this list, it should have been at the top of the list. I have been eating ice cream there since 1955. Do the math. And besides the ice cream, make sure you have the pies and especially the bread pudding with fresh whipped cream…….after you’ve have one of their great burgers.

    • Yvo

      Hi David! Thanks for the response, I will definitely have to check our Krisch’s! Just so you (and everyone reading!) knows, this list is in no particular order. My personal favorite is Eddie’s actually (it’s also closest to my home). I thought it would be nice to spotlight some of the smaller local businesses though :)

      Thanks for the input, I really must check Krisch’s out!

  • Rugbyball

    Have to give a thumbs up to Eddie’s Sweet Shop. I was born in Queens (now defunct St Johns Hospital) and grew up in bicycle or car ride of Eddie’s. It is a Gem of Forest Hills and surrounding neighborhoods. Go catch a movie next door and go to Eddies afterwards for a Ice Cream Sunday or a Float!

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