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Purity Ice Cream Co

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700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-272-1545
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Roanoke, Virginia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The banana splits are awesome! You can get any flavor of ice cream and customize your toppings as well. The staff is super nice but the layout of the store is awkward and does not flow at all. You enter at the side of the building and have to walk around people who have placed their orders and are waiting... More 

Thank Skyelar B
purityice, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this review

Ah, the history of the front door... First, thanks for visiting us, Skyelar! Next, as the business has grown over the years, so have the lines and when we remodeled last year we had to eliminate the "historic" front door to improve the traffic flow. The new door makes lots of sense if you arrive by car into the front... More 

Albany, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Loved the cozy decor and layout of the place...savored the delicious maple and coffee scoops and waffle cones!

Thank LighterLoads
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2016

I remember coming here as a kid w/ the founding owner's granddaughter and seeing the icecream being packaged, so pardon the pun, but I got the real "scoop"! This is a delightful icecream shop with tons of flavors to choose from, my favorite being Bittersweet. They also serve some pastries. A new addition is that they now serve breakfast and... More 

Thank Susie P
purityice, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this review

Hi Susie, Thanks for visiting. Sorry if there were some messy tables. It is hard to stay ahead on busy days/nights as people descend upon a table right as someone leaves! We try hard to run a tight ship, but sometimes we can get a bit behind... We bought the biz from that same granddaughter! We loved the tradition and... More 

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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

First time here and i was shocked to see such crowds at 3 pm during the week, but then i understood. Many flavors to choose from and it is reasonably priced with many options. I was most impressed with how organized it was and what a great system they have as more often than not places are so unorganized….anyway ice... More 

Thank Lisa H
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296 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We went to this place based on the great reviews and we were disappointed! The place is packed which gives the impression for an experience to look forward; but this is where it ended. When you find ice flakes in your ice cream you know something isn't right. The sea salt caramel and coffee flavors were just too bland! Just... More 

Thank The_Egyptian_Couple
purityice, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this review

Hi Friends from Egypt! Thanks for adding Purity to your visit. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your treats. Ice flakes shouldn't be in the ice cream and means that the product was not handled correctly during some point in its storage/serving. We apologize for that and hope you will stop again and try some other flavors when you... More 

Albany, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The biggest problem with this place is I can't have an ice cream cone with every flavor. It makes it really hard to decide which flavor I want. Every flavor I've had is delicious.

Thank armsfullofflowers
United States
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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Yes, they have the best ice cream in Ithaca. The price is reasonable, with free wifi, cool and spacious room to sit down and enjoy your ice cream on hot days.

Thank vietjul
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We have enjoyed Purity ice cream since we were Cornell students in the late 1970s. So any time we are in Ithaca we make it a point to stop at Purity. Its nostalgic for us, but really we keep coming back because the ice cream continues to be delicious! Mint chocolate chip is a longtime favorite but any flavor we... More 

Thank Wilderness4Ever
Weedsport, New York
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80 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I have only had ice cream at Purity, but they do have menu items too. Can't comment on those, but would recommend the ice cream to anyone traveling to Ithaca. Lots of flavors, prompt service, though there can be long lines. Not much else to say except yummmmmmm.

Thank Elliemae2828
Whitestone, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The ice cream here is great!! We loved it so much we had to buy a t-shirt and sweatshirt to commemorate our visit forever. My husband got a banana split and I got their chocolate ice cream with espresso swirl...soooo good!!

Thank Y5515EZnicoler
purityice, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for the kind words!! Just a note about that flavor your husband had: Gimme Mocha Fudge: We blend in espresso powder ground by our local coffee company Gimme Coffee. Cheers and hope you stop in again soon. Bruce More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Delivery, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-272-1545
Premium ice cream from upstate NY milk! Fresh baked pies, muffins, cupcakes and other goodies. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast 7:30am-1:00pm Monday-Friday Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm Fresh food, local ingredients. Fun setting. Happy times.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?