It seems as though every town with a stretch of shoreline has a place like this. An ice cream cone perched above the door and benches out on the street. Locals lamenting the fact that these darn tourists haven’t left yet for the season. Kids running around with sticky hands and messy faces. I’d been here before, and I’d even had their Rocky Road before.
Located in the middle of Long Island’s North Fork, Scoops has been around for more than a decade now, and it’s the centerpiece of the downtown for this seaside hamlet. The post office is across the street and most of the other neighboring businesses have shuffled their signs but maintained the attitude for this place. On a Sunday afternoon, the pace is nonexistent.
The North Fork is a weird universe that runs quite opposite of the Hamptons culture that dominates the South Fork. It used to be farming communities, fishermen, and retirees. The farming and fishing have been replaced by wineries, but it seems as though there is no one who lives here between the age of 17 and 40. As a result places like this get by catering to the kids and the old folks. The fact that half of this store is an open seating area that can be, and often is, rented out for parties, makes total sense.
Scoops does not make their own ice cream. Their supply comes from Hershey, and they make no efforts to conceal that fact. At least one member of the couple that owns this place seems to be here at all times, even when other employees are around as well, and they are quick to offer samples and direct you toward other points of interest/happenings going on around here.
The rocky road that Hershey makes may be the darkest shade of chocolate that you’ll stumble upon that isn’t actually dark chocolate. It’s a dense and rich chocolate packs a serious punch while maintaining a milk chocolate flavor that never leans toward the bitter wonder of the dark. It’s also packed with pecans and marshmallows and really sets the bar for what a rocky road cone can be. This path is muddy and challenging, and as a result wholly rewarding.
With wicker benches in the front window, Scoops is one of the few spots on the North Fork that operates year round. While other nearby windows don’t offer up much in the way of window shopping as you browse and eat, there’s some nice planters across the way that are full of seemingly always flowering flora. While I was there with my camera, I even got some good shots of an orange wasp making his way through the blossoms.
Cone – small $3.10 medium $4.10 large $4.75
Sundae – small $3.75 medium $4.75 large $5.50
Milkshake Frappe – small $4.25 large $4.75
Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe
Open year round
Hours ? not posted