Whether crafted with local produce straight from the farm or a no-fail classic soft-serve complete with sprinkles, the North Fork has no shortage of delectable ice cream to help you cool off on a hot day. Ice cream crawl, anyone?
- Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe
Don’t leave Riverhead without a stop at Snowflake. Peconic Swamp Thing might change your life.
1148 West Main St., Riverhead
2. The Ice Cream Patch at Patty’s Berries and Bunches
Farm to cone is officially a thing, with flavors like mint chocolate chip, corn on the cone, peachy patty and lavender using homegrown ingredients. Try the basil with a hint of lemon for a totally unexpected treat.
410 Sound Ave., Mattituck
3. Magic Fountain
With unique flavors in an iconic spot, Magic Fountain is a line worth waiting on, no matter how long. Try the Goat Cheese — trust us.
9825 Main Road, Mattituck
4. Lombardi’s Love Lane Market
One (Italian) word: stracciatella. It’s impossible to go wrong with gelato, but this flavor is divine.
170 Love Lane, Mattituck
5. 8 Hands Farm
Handmade with the farm’s own eggs, this creamy frozen custard is not to be missed while shopping at the Cutchogue farm store.
4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue
6. Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck
Go ahead: Tell me you can resist grabbing your wallet and running into the parking lot with sandy feet and salty skin the moment you hear that tune in the air. Yeah, didn’t think so!
Any North Fork beach
7. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices
Okay, okay, we know this is the furthest thing from homemade ice cream or specialty gelato, but this spot is a must if you’re “in town” with kids in tow.
37 Front St., Greenport
8. D’Latte Cafe
While all the sweet treats at D’Latte Café are noteworthy, the gelato is especially decadent. Go with the pistachio for a nutty yet smooth d’light (ha!).
218 Main St., Greenport
9. Brix & Rye
A cocktail bar on an ice cream map? Stay with me, people. Brix & Rye not only serves up some unreal cocktails and incredible pizza but also insanely good homemade ice cream sandwiches. Don’t sleep on them.
308A Main St., Greenport
10. Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant
Made from scratch on the premises, Hellenic’s gelato may be the North Fork’s best hidden gem. The gelato flight has you covered so you can sample three flavors.
5145 Main Road, East Marion
11. Opties and Dinghies
Enjoy NYC’s il laboratio del gelato right here on the Fork. Then stroll down Village Lane for the most scenic gelato date ever.
1010 Village Lane, Orient