BY AUDREY CICERELLO
When the summer comes, the undisputed best treat to have is one that both invigorates your taste buds and cools you down.
That’s right: we’re talking about ice cream and ices! Here are the best places to visit in Queens:
1. 10 below Ice Cream → 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing
10 Below is an iconic and cultured establishment that is the first of its kind in New York City. Its Thai-inspired ice cream rolls give customers the experience of watching their treat created in front of their eyes, and earning a delicious reward after. It is a completely unique experience that you do not want to miss!
2. Cold Stone Creamery → 176-60 Union Turnpike, Flushing, other locations across Queens
Cold Stone’s proud reputation of delicious ice creams and fresh ingredients is due to their constantly satisfied customers and friendly employees. Their ice cream is made fresh every day in each store, and is then mixed with candies, cakes, fruits and nuts to create your dream refreshment.
3. Carvel → 161-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, other locations across Queens
If you’re looking for a delightfully creamy escape from the heat, Carvel is the place you should be. Created by Tom Carvel, the establishment has been serving its customers with delicious cakes and creams since 1947. They are sure to satisfy your cravings.
4. The Lemon Ice King of Corona → 52-02 108th St., Corona
Started by Peter Benfaremo, this streetside treat shop has been making ices for over 60 years. It is most known for the real fruit pieces in each of its flavors, and its all-around quality ingredients. The Corona sweet shop has received recognition from Zagat along with multiple magazines and survey websites.
5. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices → 12-48 Clintonville St., Whitestone, other locations across Queens
This classic ice stop has been famous for over 85 years. In 1928, Ralph Silvestro came to the United States from Italy and started selling his renowned ices in Staten Island. In 1949, he opened his first retail location, and the rest is history! These delicious treats are flavorful and refreshing. They never disappoint!
6. Eddie’s Sweet Shop → 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
This old-school ice cream parlor first opened its doors in 1925 and has been satisfying customers ever since. Stepping inside, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. With its tin ceilings, antique cash registers and polished marble counters, the environment truly fits the mood as you enjoy any of its 20 homemade ice cream flavors.
7. Snowdays → 72-24 Austin St., Forest Hills ; 37-20 Prince St., Ste 1C, Flushing
There’s no arguing that the new thing in frozen desserts is shaved ice, and the best place to get some of that is this spot! Snowdays features a fusion of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ice, a phenomenon spreading quickly throughout the nation. The treat combines a snowy texture with a creamy rich taste. It is a a must on a hot summer day!
Pesso’s is known for not only their delicious flavors and fresh ingredients, but the way their products refresh you so quickly! They emphasize quality, flavor and texture that cannot be beaten. Add their mouth-watering options to your summer bucket food list!
9. Twist It Top It → 158-18A Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach; 103-09 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
Twist it Top It is a self-serve frozen yogurt joint that has a mix of 14 flavors and a vast array of toppings. If you’re looking for a cool hands-on dessert experience, this is the place to be! They have several locations around Queens for your hungry convenience.
10. Uncle Louie G’s
With its seven locations throughout Queens, Uncle Louie G’s never fails to provide its customers with a delectable chilly treaty on any occasion. The gourmet chain has been sharing its delicious recipes with the world for 40 years. They are sure to make a summer experience one to remember.