Astoria, Dessert, Restaurants, Summer 2018
Mar 27, 2018

Looks Like Ample Hills Creamery Is Coming to Astoria

Hellooooo, ice cream.

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Astorian John Surico had his eagle eye out and snapped a photo of this—evidence that celebrated ice cream maker Ample Hills Creamery is coming to Astoria.

Currently the only Queens location is at the Jacob Riis Beach Bazaar down in the Rockaways, and even then it’s only seasonal. Ample Hills has had its eye on expansion within and beyond NYC—BK Mag reported in November 2015 about $4 million fundraiser spearheaded by Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures to help with that. Their plans at the time was to “build a gigantic new ‘interactive’ production facility in nearby Brooklyn, build new retail locations in New York City and beyond, and put a lot more Ample Hills Creamery pints into many more stores.” The expansion into Astoria would fit in that plan.

As an aside, the factory in Red Hook is planned for a summer 2018 opening. That coincides with the plan to have the Astoria Ample Hills location open this coming summer, too.

If you’re curious about what to expect at an Ample Hills, this Business Insider article has tons of photos and observations from an Ample Hills newbie. In the article she says, “Each store has a signature flavor.” Any idea what Astoria’s signature flavor might be?

We reached out to Ample Hills and they responded with “more news coming soon”—so the arrival is legit, the details are still hush-hush We’ll bring you more info when we get it.

So tell us, what do you think of Ample Hills—who has the hopes and dreams of becoming the next Ben & Jerry’s—coming to Astoria? Have you had their ice cream? Did you enjoy it. Leave us a comment.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.


Hillary Gottschalk

BEST EVER !!!!!!! Have been to the city and Brooklyn……. SOOO GOOD !!!
I promise

Emily Rios

If you can’t wait for them to arrive to Astoria. Make sure you get tickets to our Best of Astoria Bash, they’ll be there serving up scoops of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Chocolate Milk and Cookies. Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Aldano

Yummy! wish I lived in the neighborhood still. I know a ton of available apartments in walking distance. I wonder if Oprah will be by, it was one of her favorite things!


Finally!!! It’s about time Astoria got an ice cream place again (RIP Sweet Janes)!

Meg Cotner

That was my guess! Actually, We Heart Astoria worked with a LIC ice cream shop called Malu (RIP) years ago regarding a custom flavor and it was indeed baklava!


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