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Long Island ice cream shops serving great cones

Ice cream is a treat for all seasons, but the ice cream cone really comes into its own in the summer. It's the perfect accompaniment to a stroll in town or an outing with the kids. Start your journey at these ice cream parlors.

Herrell's Ice Cream

A 'walking sundae' -- a waffle cone with
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Herrell's Ice Cream (46L Gerard St., Huntington): Herrell’s doesn’t believe you should have to choose between a cone and a sundae and so it has developed the “walking sundae,” a waffle cone with a sundae inside (pictured). You get ice cream, sauce, whipped cream and a spoonful of one “goody” inside a plain waffle cone. You can also choose a chocolate-dipped waffle cone, a good idea since it makes the whole affair sturdier and more water tight. More info: 631-673-1100,

Marvel Frozen Dairy

The signature specialty at Marvel Frozen Dairy in
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Marvel Frozen Dairy (258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach): Lido Beach’s iconic Marvel ice cream stand got new owners in 2014, aside from a fresh coat of paint, the Fragioudakis family hasn’t changed a thing. Folks still line up to get Marvel’s signature brown bonnet — a fully loaded cone or cup is upended and then dipped into a vat of melted chocolate that instantly hardens, forming a crisp shell (pictured). More info: 516-889-4232


Hildebrandt's is an institution, founded in 1927. A
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Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): At this Long Island institution, founded in 1927, special flavors include root-beer rock ‘n’ roll, chocolate-mint wafer, black raspberry, crème brûlée, bananas Foster and lemon-meringue pie. But, said owner Bryan Acosta, the hands-down best-selling cone is a single scoop of vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. More info: 516-741-0608,

Krisch's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor

An ice cream cone featuring seasonal blueberry flavor
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Krisch's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor (11 Central Ave., Massapequa): Sometimes all you need for an innovative ice cream cone is an innovative ice cream. Little has changed at Krisch’s since it moved from Queens to its present location in 1955, but owner Steve McCue is always coming up with new flavors. The latest is carrot cake, wherein homemade cake batter goes directly into the ice-cream mix, along with shredded carrots and golden raisins. (Pictured: An ice cream cone featuring seasonal blueberry flavor.) More info: 516-797-3149,

Sweet Treats on the Wharf

Chocolate chip ice cream is served in a
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Sweet Treats on the Wharf (405 Main St., Port Washington): One of Long Island’s most picturesque ice cream venues, Sweet Treats is situated a short stroll from Inspiration Wharf, with its panoramic view of Manhasset Bay. Owner Douglas Shepardson sells soft serve, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, Hawaiian shave ice and sorbet. But for filling a cone, there’s nothing like hard, scooped ice cream. He likes the symmetry of a chocolate-chip cookie cone filled with cookie-dough ice cream. (Pictured: Chocolate chip ice cream in a cookie cone). More info: 516-708-1706


Viale Gelateria

Pistachio gelato toped with gram cracker at Viale
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 Viale Gelateria (424 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook): This Lynbrook gelateria has a definite Italian accent. Owner Anna Franchi is from Ferrara in Italy and not only does her gelato adhere to a very high standard, she gets her cones from BABBI, a leading Italian supplier. The BABBI cones are slimmer and taller than American ones. The regular flavor is completely unsweetened, the chocolate has a hint of sweetness. Try it with a scoop of Franchi’s supernal pistachio. (Pictured: Pistachio gelato topped with gram cracker.) More info: 516-442-0094


Coyle's Homemade Ice Cream

Ice cream server Ashley Cruz, 21, holds a
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Coyle's Homemade Ice Cream (75 Howells Rd., Bay Shore and 509 Main St., Islip ): Marty Coyle’s two shops sell a lot of waffle cones. And they break a lot of waffle cones. That was the inspiration behind monster-mash ice cream: chocolate ice cream with broken waffle cones, caramel, peanut butter, crunch topping and marshmallow (pictured). It’s gotten so popular, sometimes the staff needs to break perfectly good cones to make a batch. More info: 631-666-2229 (Bay Shore),  631-617-5014 (Islip)


Ice Cream Cottage

A trio of homemade cones -- an Oreo-chocolate
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Ice Cream Cottage (1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic): John Pastore has been making ice cream at his little “cottage” in Mastic for more than 30 years. The ex-Carvel man serves both hard and soft-serve chocolate ice cream in an unparalleled variety of cones that includes classic sugar and wafer cones, doubleheader wafer cones, pretzel cones, cookie cones in chocolate, chocolate-chip and M & M and on up to the large waffle cone that has been dipped in chocolate and then sprinkles There’s also a mini kid’s cone. (Pictured: An Oreo-chocolate cone, a sprinkle-dipped waffle cone, and a chocolate chip cone.) More info: 631-395-3580,

McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor

At McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor in Miler Place,
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McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor (153 N. Country Rd., Miller Place): Established in 1991, the shop has become an anchor of the Miller Place community — and a walking destination for kids in the neighborhood. Owner Gail McNulty said that the youngsters love the salted pretzel cones — made from actual pretzel dough — which is even more pretzel-y when filled with a special flavor, chocolate-covered pretzel ice cream (vanilla ice cream bumped up with broken-up chocolate-covered pretzels, chunks of fudge and brownies). (Pictured: A pretzel cone with two scoops of pretzel ice cream.) More info: 631-474-3543

Port Jefferson Frigate

A soft vanilla ice cream cone is served
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Port Jefferson Frigate (99A Main St., Port Jefferson): There’s only so much soft-serve custard that a wafer or sugar cone can hold, and so Port Jefferson Frigate created the waffle custard cone, a jumbo-sized waffle cone filled with chocolate or vanilla custard. The cone can be garnished, for an additional cost, at the Frigate’s legendary toppings bar. (Pictured: A soft vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles). More info: 631-474-8888,


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