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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, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Incredible selection of delicious frozen treats!

Yet another great, family-owned and operated, enduring business in the Watkins Glen area. While I'm omnivorous, it boasts many vegan treats as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul T
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Watkins Glen, New York
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Watkins Glen, New York
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet another great, family-owned and operated, enduring business in the Watkins Glen area. While I'm omnivorous, it boasts many vegan treats as well.

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Thank Paul T
Beaver Dams, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome folks , great ice cream. Summer stop. We always know that warm weather has arrived along with sprin flowers and sunshine. Thank you Pete for keeping the tradition alive..

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

Thanks for the great review. Looking forward to our 34th year of serving great treats! More 

towanda
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I stopped here and had their homemade ice cream. Soy Free but you have to ask, pumpkin and they make a version of those awesome glazed pecans... I still think about this and hope they make more next year.

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

Hello Thank you taking time to review our store and product. we will be making pumpkin both vegan and dairy.when we reopen in the spring! it was a great hit and sold out quickly.. Thanks again. Peter Honsberger More 

Corning, New York
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We have been going to the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor for years. Our recent visit left us saddened. The staff did not speak English, gave us the wrong ice cream, with questionable hairs in it. The penuche fudge that we had gotten here for decades was no longer offered. The staff was rude. The ice creams were lousy. The... More 

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Thank paulag7592014
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

hello, i am shocked and saddended by your review. This year we had 9 emplyees and 1 intern who was asenior from Cornell majoring in food sceince ! Her english although not her primary language was excellent and she finished with us on july 31 2015 but i don't see what date you visited but your reviw is dated nov... More 

Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We stopped at the Great Escape Ice Cream Store whilst visiting Watkins Glen, and got a warm welcome from Peter & his daughter. The ice cream flavours were superb, and we were given a taste of both chocolate & grape pie ice cream too, made with the addition of some liquid nitrogen! Great to see the ice cream being made... More 

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Thank David A
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for ice cream while we were traveling to Watkins Glen for my wife's Birthday. As we passed the shop we assumed they were closing up; it was closing time. As we slowed down to check the hours, they waved us in. They told us we don't close as long as we have customers. The ice cream, atmosphere,... More 

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

Hi, So glad you stopped at the store and the staff was able to serve you. We try to make everyones visit to the Finger Lake a memorable experience .. We hope you come back soon ! Thanks again. Peter More 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We were on a weekend trip to Watkins Glen , our daughter in law was running in the Wineglass Marathon. We passed the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor and saw the sign for Grape pies. We had never heard of grape pies until that day, we were on our way home to Harrisburg, Pa, turned around and went in to... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for stopping in the store and trying our grape pie and then buying one. The grape season is in full bloom and the concord grapes are very good this year. I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back soon. Thanks again.. Peter More 

Endwell, New York
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I have tried all the other ice cream shops in town and the Great Escape is by far the best. I always get an extra large chocolate peanut butter shake. They are to die for!!!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review and I hope you come back real soon! More 

Tyrone, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I've always enjoyed having ice cream here! I picked up an ice cream cake for my fiancé birthday the other day. This was hands down the best ice cream cake I have ever had! Thank you very much!

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

Hi, Thank you for writing a great review and I am so glad you enjoyed your ice cream cake. Come back soon More 

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Yum, yum, yum that's all I can say! You name the flavor, they have it. I will definitely return. Great parking. Friendly service.

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Thank winechick329
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and I hope you return soon! More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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