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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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Italian, Dessert, Ice Cream, 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
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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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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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
DELICIOUS!

When I go back to NY to visit family in Naples and friends in Dundee area - I always look forward to visiting this ice cream parlor, as it has the BEST ice cream ever! There's such a great variety of Hershey flavors, vegan choices, and Eileen's creative homemade blends. I always choose a couple... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
Nancy P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

When I go back to NY to visit family in Naples and friends in Dundee area - I always look forward to visiting this ice cream parlor, as it has the BEST ice cream ever! There's such a great variety of Hershey flavors, vegan choices, and Eileen's creative homemade blends. I always choose a couple flavors. It's a good place... More 

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Excellent homemade and Hershey's brand ice cream. Grape pies. Friendly service (Closes for the winter)

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

After the hike thru the Gorge you deserve a treat! Thanks for stopping! More 

Stowe, PA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped here late one night after dinner, we walked about 4 blocks to get some ice cream. Upon arrival discovered they were closed, it was a few minutes after 9pm. But they were so accomodating that they opened just for us! Ice cream was great! And a big THANK YOU to the nice lady who opened the register just... More 

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Keswick, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Had that sweet tooth thing happening after The Gorge hike in Watkins Glen State Park. Stopped in with hubby and had a difficult time choosing because of all the wonderful choices of flavour. I let hubby pick first.....Vanilla Moosetracks.....he got large. It was MASSIVE! I was happy to pick next.....Mint Chocolate Moosetracks.....Extra Small and it was still more then enough!... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I was so excited to try some vegan ice cream from their wide selection. But when I went they had just one flavor- which was "too crumby" for a cone. What a massive let done. Fellow vegans, just hit up the supermarket instead.

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

I read your review and am sorry we did not have more choices but our vegan soft serve machine broke down and I am waiting for parts! We have purchase a new machine that will allow us to make vegan ice cream to order made with soy, almond, or coconut with whatever you want in it. We will have it... More 

Hilo, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Very nice father and daughter team scooping up delicious treats! Great location and selection of ice cream! Prices were completely reasonable and the service was excellent! We will return next year to try more flavors!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

There are so many flavor choices, you will want to go back and back again. The quality is outstanding. I would write more, but I am drooling just thinking about the place.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

We were there on Sunday 9/14 and the one girl working there (I think her name might have been Alisha) was extremely rude. There are too many good ice cream shops in the little town of Watkins Glenn for anyone to have to put up with such a bad attitude.

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

I am so sorry that our service was not up to the standard that we aspire to! Eileen and I have worked hard for 32 years to have great customer service and I hope when in Watkins Glen again you will give us another chance! More 

Spencerport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If your an ice cream lover, and are wanting real custard this is the place to go. NO ice milk here. Homemade custard the way it used to be, and the serving sizes are correct, a large is truly a large. Worth the trip if your in the area. They also have a great selection of hard ice cream, along... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed the store! 2015 will see a new machine that will make custard, yogurt, and vegan and you pick what you want in it! More 

Lancaster, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Children loved the many different flavors and waffle cone varieties. Location near Watkins Glen lower entrance.

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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, Dessert, Ice Cream, 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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