The Best Ice Cream in the Hamptons
If there’s anything better than strolling down a Hamptons main street with a cone of delicious, melty ice cream on a summer day, we haven’t found it. With the temps finally rising, we have all the excuse we need to grab a scoop or two. Here’s where to find the East End’s best.
Grab your squad and share a banana split at Bridgehampton’s Candy Kitchen. It may look unassuming on the outside, but the legendary East End luncheonette knows how to make a delicious scoop of old-fashioned homemade ice cream. After all, they’ve been doing it for more than 90 years (and just like 90 years ago, this place is cash only).
2391 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton; 631-537-9885
The Fudge Company
For classic soft serve, it has to be Southampton The Fudge Company. Try not to go too overboard with the toppings, which range from traditional sprinkles to funky taffy. Or hey, go nuts—you’re on vacation.
67 Main St., Southampton: 631-283-8108 or southamptonfudgecompany.com
If you’ve been going to the Hamptons for years and you’ve never been to Sant Ambroeus, we’re not sure we can still be friends. The European-style bistro is a favorite for a charming outdoor breakfast or lunch, but it’s the creamy gelato that really makes it a destination. (We’re partial to the passion fruit.)
30 Main St., Southampton; 631-283-1233 or santambroeus.com
Finally, a vegan ice cream that tastes oh so creamy. Organic takeout staple Juice Press is bringing two flavors (chocolate and berry) of its new non-dairy, all-organic soft-serve ice cream to the Hamptons this summer.
93 Main St., Southampton; 212-777-0034 or juicepress.com
Go ahead and go crazy with the samples—the friendly staff at Gemelli Gelato will let you taste everything until you find the one you want. With benches outside and a nice big lawn, this is the place sit, relax and savor a summer day.
139 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays; 631-594-5600 or gemelligelatohamptonbays.com
Tate’s Bake Shop
Deep breath: The line is going to be long. But the Tatewich, Tate’s answer to the ice-cream sandwich, is worth the wait. After all, is there any better way to eat vanilla ice cream than smashed in between two of Tate’s classic chocolate-chip cookies?
43 N. Sea Rd., Southampton; 631-283-9830 or tatesbakeshop.com
Scoop Du Jour
The waffle cones are freshly made. The scoops are more than generous. There’s an overwhelming number of flavors and toppings in the best possible way. If pure bliss had a taste, it would be scoops from Scoop du Jour.
35 Newtown Lane., East Hampton; 631-329-4883
When they ask “Cup or cone?” you want the cone. Trust us. This hidden gem in Sag Harbor has some of the best waffle cones around. Fill it with one or more of their 20-plus ice cream flavors and then take a stroll by the water to watch the sun set.
8 Wharf St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-7505