Your Guide to Ice Cream in Greenport
August 21, 2023
Fittingly for a town that’s big on the farm-to-table movement, Greenport is home to some truly excellent ice cream shops that showcase local dairies and seasonal ingredients. Here, you’ll find people who are passionate about using farm-fresh milk, cream, fruit, and herbs to produce delectable, inventive flavors. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to get ice cream, which run the gamut from homespun cafes to trendy gelato bars. Prepare to indulge your sweet tooth.
The Best Ice Cream Spots in Greenport
Whether you’re on a romantic getaway on Long Island, traveling with little ones in tow, or enjoying a wine-fueled girls’ trip, knowing where to eat the best sundaes, gelato, and soft serve is a crucial part of any vacation — especially in a place like Greenport, that’s known for its delicious homemade ice cream. With over 100 flavors, the menu at Ralph’s of Greenport is sure to have something that satisfies your cravings. Take your pick from Italian ice, shakes, hard and soft ice cream, smoothies, and more. D’Latte specializes in gelato and pastries; everything is made from scratch, and there’s also a full espresso bar. Located along Main Street, Greenport Creamery (formerly Sandpiper Ice Cream) boasts all kinds of seasonal concoctions you won’t find anywhere else, alongside creative flavors, “Childhood Favorites,” and even non-dairy alternatives.
Though not technically in Greenport, it’s worth the quick trip to the Country Corner Cafe for a classic banana split. And, for the creme de la creme of North Fork ice creameries, the Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe has been open since 1953 and continues to be a local favorite. Do yourself a favor and get a scoop of whatever the flavor of the week is. Or, try one of their most popular flavors — “Peconic Swamp Thing” — which is made with fudge brownie, raspberry, and chocolate ice cream. Yum.
Check In and Unwind at The Menhaden
Of course, you’ll need a place to come down from your sugar high. Easily one of the loveliest places to stay in Greenport NY, The Menhaden offers the ideal mix of modern amenities and small-town New England charm. Guests have access to a fleet of complimentary bicycles and an electric car during their stay, and sunsets from the rooftop bar are legendary (especially with a glass of local bubbly in hand). Expect highly personalized service, including curated snacks and drinks, customized packages, and staff members who are happy to arrange bike tours or provide recommendations. More like a homey coastal cottage than other boutique hotels on Long Island, The Menhaden stands out for its strong character, intimate scale, and overall cozy ambiance. And, those beautiful harbor views certainly don’t hurt.