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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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Italian, Vegan
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221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-7354
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy...
Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, homemade gelato, Italian ice, vegan ice cream and soft serve. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, cupcakes and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot.
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  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Vegan Ice Cream and Great Portions

In all my time unable to eat dairy I have never seen dairy-free (Escape's is even vegan) soft serve, so I jumped on the chance and ordered a double, which was a hefty portion, and it tasted great. The owner was very friendly and the seating looked good. Well done!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Carolinecalflo
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

In all my time unable to eat dairy I have never seen dairy-free (Escape's is even vegan) soft serve, so I jumped on the chance and ordered a double, which was a hefty portion, and it tasted great. The owner was very friendly and the seating looked good. Well done!

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Florida Keys, Florida
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Without a doubt, Great Escape is the best Ice Cream place in Watkins Glen. Visiting Great Escape has been a family tradition for many, many years, and the service and quality of product has never diminished. Great Escape makes for an excellent treat after a rigorous day of hiking.

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your great review. We enjoy the business and love to meet and talk to the people from all over the world who visit Watkins Glen. More 

Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

There are dozens of ice cream parlours along the main strip of Watkins Glen - but this one is the best by far. They have an large selection of items, both ice cream products and non-ice cream products. There's something for everyone to enjoy regardless of preferences or diet restrictions. There are multiple vegan options that I've ever seen outside... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Much of the excitement of making ice cream is the different comments that we hear about our product. Thanks for your review and come back soon! More 

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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was national ice cream day so we had to try this local ice cream parlor. They have a variety of offerings- 8 flavors of a high fat home made ice cream, about 24 flavors of Hershey's ice cream, 8!flavors of home made gelato , soft serve and even a soy based vegan ice cream. Servers were willing to supply... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

I think everyday should be National Ice Cream Day ! Thanks for visiting and thanks for your posting! More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Love it! Spending the week in Watkins Glen and have enjoyed this delicious treat every night! They offer some of the best ice cream we have ever had!!

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! I enjoyed talking with you and your family! Hope you return to the Finger Lakes soon. Peter More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We wanted some ice cream after hiking at Watkins Glen. From the time we parked the car, I knew this was the right place to stop! After walking in and deciding on what we all wanted, we sat down at the retro tables. This place was so busy and I know why! They have some many options for everyone. From... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Many hikers come to the store to get a treat after the long hike! Come back soon! Peter More 

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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We stop there on our way through Watkins Glen whenever we can. Very good ice cream & gelato. I like the sampler so I can get a mixture or gelato & regular ice cream.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We got there and we had so many questions about vegan options. The owner's daughter was really nice and patient with us. It was a delicious ice cream experience and we also got some vegan cookies, and then the owner came out and we had a great conversation. Thank you so much! 😋🍦🍨🍧🍪

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a great review. After 33 years we still love the business ! Come back soon! More 

Akron, Ohio
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Great place for ice cream, great flavours, great variety and selection, the servers were gracious, very friendly as well as helpful.....Ice cream was delicious, waffle cone with chocolate coating was delicious. Thanks for the great service

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and come back soon! More 

Middletown, Virginia
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101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The vegan chocolate vanilla twist was my favorite. But they have 28 vegan Flavors! I've never seen so many. Very nice place with friendly staff.

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you! Our next thing is vegan using almond and coconut for those who want something other than soy! More 

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Additional Information about The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

Address: 221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone Number: (607) 535-7354
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: (607) 535-7354

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegan

Description

Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, homemade gelato, Italian ice, vegan ice cream and soft serve. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, cupcakes and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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