Ray's Candy Store

Ray's Candy Store

Ice Cream Shop, Snack Place, and Frozen Yogurt · Alphabet City
113 Avenue A (btwn E 7th St. & St. Mark's Pl.), New York, NY 10009, United States
Hours:
Open (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

Serving up NYC's BEST Belgian fries, milk shakes, ice cream, hot dogs, egg creams, frozen yogurt and more! Open 24/7! An East Village institution Since 1974!

9.0/10

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    Vanessa F.
    "This tiny shop has the BEST beignets I've had in NYC!!!!"(21 Tips)
    Luke
    "Get the pistachio soft serve and go for a walk in the park"(10 Tips)
    Kat B.
    "I love rays, it's a nyc institution!"(2 Tips)
    Jenn
    "Egg cream, beignets & fries are my favorites at Ray's!"(8 Tips)
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  • beignets
  • soft serve
  • french fries
  • nyc institution
  • milkshakes
  • good for a late night
  • great value
  • good service
  • cozy
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • egg creams
  • good for a quick meal
  • pistachios
  • chocolate
  • park
  • Matt E.

    The shakes are delicious. Ignore the decor and enjoy.

    Matt Edwards · January 5
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  • Tom W.

    The milkshake was so delicious I forgot it was 15 degrees outside

    Tom Wang · January 5
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  • Bryant B.

    The beignets are best shared with friends! You get a mound of about 20 or so for $6! Make sure to get some ice cream to pair it with cause they're served hot!

    Bryant Balatbat · December 3, 2015
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  • Nate B.

    Yes, Ray is a legend. He lives up to his reputation.

    Nate Beatty · October 19, 2015
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  • Vanessa F.

    This tiny shop has the BEST beignets I've had in NYC!!!!

    Vanessa Ferragut · September 27, 2015
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  • ZZubin

    You could wait 30 minutes for soft serve at Big Gay around the corner, or you could come here and get a dipped cone for half the price and pay homage to a true neighborhood landmark

    ZZubin · August 3, 2015
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  • Breeze S.

    Beignets. Beignets. Beignets.

    Breeze Skrrt · July 23, 2015
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  • Luke

    A classic for a reason. Get the pistachio soft serve and go for a walk in the park

    Luke · July 9, 2015
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  • Kate Y.

    Get the soft serve and beignets and eat them in Tompkins square Park. There's way more than half a dozen when you order 6.

    Kate Yan · July 2, 2015
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  • Andrew F.

    I ordered a 1/2 dozen beignets and they gave me 11. That's awesome.

    Andrew Furman · July 2, 2015
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  • Afi Y.

    The French fries with honey mustard sauce are all you need. Ever.

    Afi Yellow-Duke · June 22, 2015
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  • Sydney C.

    Best egg creams in the city

    Sydney C · June 12, 2015
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  • Lauren D.

    This place smells like the East Village: grease, sugar & nostalgia. Completely charming. Delicious soft serve.

    Lauren DeGeorge · May 5, 2015
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  • Angela Z.

    Ray's friendly personality + his tendency to give you more food than you paid for = everything

    Angela Zhang · April 26, 2015
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  • Amanda T.

    ice cream $3-4!

    Amanda Theiler · February 26, 2015
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  • Michael D.

    Pistachio Soft Serve: $4.00

    Michael De La Rosa · January 13, 2015
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  • Rachel W.

    Finally a place that satisfies my craving for beignets. Usually I end up getting a few more than I asked for - they're really generous!

    Rachel Wang · November 13, 2014
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  • Sara T.

    When you need drunk fries at 3 AM (and you know you do) this is the place.

    Sara T. · November 4, 2014
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  • S_J L.

    soft serve is $4 n its huge!! try beignets, so yum!

    S_J L · October 16, 2014
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  • Aditya B.

    Get the pistachio cone!

    Aditya Basu · October 15, 2014
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  • Eileen N.

    Good old fashioned soft serve - the best in NYC

    Eileen Norton · September 29, 2014
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  • Carol 'Red E.

    His ex-son, Red Ed!

    Carol 'Red Ed' Braddock · September 28, 2014
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  • esther

    The service is almost as good as the beignets

    esther · September 7, 2014
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  • Greg N.

    Their chocolate malts could easily be renamed liquid cocaine. Go there. Get one.

    Greg N · August 8, 2014
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  • Kimmie O.

    Beignets:D

    Kimmie Ohh · August 7, 2014
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  • Cory M.

    A NYC institution. Egg Creams are the best in the city and Ray is awesome. I could stay and talk to him all night. Great guy

    Cory McGrath · July 20, 2014
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  • Justin B.

    An East Village institution! Great for a late night snack. I personally love the fries! 🍟 Plus, tons of sauces to choose from! #nyceats

    Justin Breton · June 14, 2014
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  • JP

    Best egg creams in the city. My goto is a medium vanilla one.

    JP · April 30, 2014
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  • Paige A.

    Pistachio frozen yogurt!

    Paige Anne · April 6, 2014
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  • Brooklyn

    I don't get the hype. Super fatty ice soft serve. Nothing special. Must be the nostalgia.

    Brooklyn · February 23, 2014
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  • Masayuki Y.

    Try the Beignets

    Masayuki Yoshikawa · January 11, 2014
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  • Robert I.

    Good cheap food.

    Robert Inga · October 13, 2013
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  • Julia R.

    Best kept secret in the area!

    Julia Rosenblatt · March 30, 2013
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  • Jenn

    Egg cream, beignets & fries are my favorites at Ray's!

    Jenn · February 1, 2013
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  • Trixie

    Best Egg Cream in the city!

    Trixie · December 28, 2012
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  • Laurie

    Ray is the sweetest man ever. Also, try the chocolate shake and beignets!

    Laurie · November 22, 2012
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  • Jenny S.

    Pistachio soft serve.$3!!

    Jenny Soo Hoo · September 16, 2012
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  • Dane B.

    If you happen to be heading home and can somehow manage to hold off eating your beignets, I implore you to spread them with some Speculoos cookie butter (now available at Trader Joe's). Divine!

    Dane B · April 3, 2012
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  • Mark W.

    Every morning at 3:04, Ray sings the National Anthem.

    Mark W. · March 12, 2012
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  • BugOut L.

    absolutely love this place

    BugOut Les · February 21, 2012
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  • Elliot T.

    Legit Beignets!!!

    Elliot Tomaeno · January 15, 2012
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  • andres b.

    Try the beignets at your own risk, they are so good you'll be hopelessly hooked

    andres barreto · November 28, 2011
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  • Bryan V.

    whenever i'm in the e. village & want ice cream, i just pop into this spot for frozen pistachio yogurt.

    Bryan Viper · September 14, 2011
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  • Asha C.

    Yes the beignets.Yes, the beignets

    Asha C. · July 31, 2011
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  • John M.

    Large Chocolate Egg Cream!!! The best in NYC!!!

    John M · July 12, 2011
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  • Ray's Candy Store

    Be sure to try our new beignets! A taste of New Orleans in the East Village!

    Ray's Candy Store · March 17, 2011
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  • Kat B.

    I love rays, it's a nyc institution! Best fries and soft serve

    Kat Bret · January 30, 2011
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  • Tim V.

    Beignets made to order 24x7 in old-NY scene of cheerful disorder. Laissez les bon temps rouler.

    Tim Vetter · January 22, 2011
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  • Paul B.

    Keep Ray's alive....

    Paul Battaglia · January 18, 2011
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  • Matt R.

    Get your Official "Save Ray's" Gear at: http://www.cafepress.com/SaveRays Show your support! Read more

    Matt R. · September 29, 2010
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