As if we need a reason to indulge in our favorite frozen treat: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month (which happens to be today) is National Ice Cream Day. This is one food holiday worth screaming for.
Since there’s no better time to treat yourself to a tasty cup or waffle cone or cookie sandwich, here are the best Hamptons ice cream spots to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings all summer long.
This family-owned shop has been serving classic confections, including house-made fudge, penny candy, and saltwater taffy, since the ’70s. During the summer, 30 tempting flavors of hard and soft serve ice creams, froyo, and sherbets are on rotation.
People across the country have become obsessed with that Tate’s cookie crunch, and this is where it all began. Now the shop offers all sorts of baked goods and one of the best-ever summer treats, the Tatewich: two signature chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice cream and dipped in chocolate coating.
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Located on Long Wharf, this takeout-only hole-in-the-wall is the perfect place to grab a freshly made waffle cone stacked high with your favorite flavor and sit on a bench looking out to the water. The generous portions and great views are worth the long lines.
This elegant eatery serves refined Italian fare and handcrafted gelato for a sweet finale. Specialty flavors include the Coppa Prince Edward (vanilla gelato topped with hot chocolate), the White Funny Cup (lemon sorbet with prosecco), and the Colibri Cup (assorted fruity gelato with fresh fruits)—all best enjoyed on the vine-covered outdoor patio.
This sweet shop off Montauk Highway offers dozens of different artisan gelato and sorbetto varieties, and waffle cones in fun flavors like red velvet, salted blue corn, toasted coconut, and birthday cake. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating: picnic tables and Adirondack chairs await on the expansive back lawn.
This old-fashioned luncheonette offers go-to diner fare and a variety of decadent milkshakes and homemade ice cream in both classic and innovative flavors. Crowd favorites include mint chip, Oreo, and strawberry. Pro tip: bring cash (it’s all they accept).
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