A common question on social media, especially in parenting groups, is for local restaurant recommendations. As Westchester County is home to many incredible restaurants, our contributor team is excited to share our faves!
July is National Ice Cream Month!We are spotlighting our top choices for ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, and more in Westchester County. From New Rochelle to Cross River to Valhalla to Rye…we’ve got you covered!
Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream (19 North Salem Road, Cross River): “A must try! As soon as the door opens, the smell of fresh waffle cones takes over. Every flavor in this quaint shop will tempt your taste buds. The Grasshopper ice cream is divine and tastes like summer while the Vegan Horchata is my all-time favorite! And you can never go wrong with the brownie sundae! So pull up a stool, chat with Barbara, the owner, and be swept away to the land of ice cream perfection. She makes it all herself! Her son owns the original store in Seattle.” You can pick up pints to go and slice of homemade cakes too. Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream offers curbside pickup Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Mikey Dubbs (1282 North Avenue, New Rochelle): “Frozen custard! As a bonus, they have hand-dipped donuts too…yum.” The owners of Mikey Dubbs saw a need in Westchester County for a frozen custard shop! Seriously, just go to the homepage of this website and try not to drool. Check out these flavors – Almond Joy, Apple Pie a la Mode, Chocolate Turtle, PB& J. Mikey Dubbs makes their frozen custard daily. They also serve store-made Italian ices and have vegan options and are open daily.
Penny Lick Ice Cream(500 Warburton Avenue, Hastings on Hudson): “Oh, if you want a nut allergy-friendly option, Penny Licks in Hastings is great! They are super accommodating and knowledgeable about food allergies. It is the only place my child was able to get ice cream prior to doing food allergy treatment.” Penny Lick’s uses ingredients from local cows treated ethically, sustainable whole food ingredients, and no artificial flavors or colors, and no use of nuts! Gluten-free options include Maple Salted Caramel, Lavender Truffle, Earl Grey, and gluten-free/vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Sorbet. Ice Cream carts are available for catering. Alternatively, if you are hosting a small celebration you can purchase a party pack for a complete Penny Lick Ice Cream sundae bar party pack.
Village Creamery & Sweet Shop(32 Broadway, Valhalla): “This classic shop’s homemade ice cream is amazing! You really can’t go wrong!” All of their flavors (around 40 or so) are homemade and all-natural. No preservatives or food coloring is used. Check out these flavors – Holy Cannoli, Cookie Monster Peanut Butter Cup, and Cherry Vanilla. Pints and quarts are available to go. Fun seasonal flavors include Pumpkin Pie, Egg Nog, and Candy Cane. Edible cookie doughs and Italian ices are for sale too. Other treats for purchase and catering include cookie ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, ice cream pies & pizza, and chocolate-covered strawberries. They are open daily with outside seating available.
Longford’s Ice Cream(4 Elm Place, Rye & 1941 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont): “So smooth and creamy with such unique flavors, and a donut sundae!? How can you beat that? Simply perfect!” Longford’s has over 60 flavors of ice cream, as well as a vast offering of sorbets and gelatos. Intriguing flavors include – Chocolate Caramel Crackle, Chocolate Chip Yogurt, Espresso Nugget, Smores. Longford’s also sells their ice creams in other shops in Connecticut and Westchester, including a factory outlet in Stamford. Longford’s has a “Mobile Scoop Shop” truck that you can rent for a party too. Their website has the quote “Handcrafted goodness. Straight from our kitchen to yours.” Sounds about right!
And least, but definitely not least! A couple of us chose…..
“This roadside spot feels like you’re on vacation. Bonus is it’s a few minutes from another family favorite Muscoot Farm and an awesome playground Reis Park. Flavors are rotating and always delicious.”
“Generous servings of yummy soft serve ice cream and a huge variety of scooped ice cream, including a few sugar-free and low-fat flavors. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for some tasty fried food there is lots to choose from in this category too. My son is obsessed with the fried pickles. Don’t get overwhelmed by the lines. These guys know what they are doing and the lines move quickly. Unfortunately, they close in the winter months, but most of the locals more than makeup for that in the spring and summer. King Kone also has an ample outside seating area to sit, relax and enjoy!”
Ice Cream Social in White Plains. Owned by two local women and has delicious ice cream. They offer Gluten Free & Vegan too.