Ray's Candy Store

Ray's Candy Store

Ice Cream Shop, Snack Place, and Frozen Yogurt Shop$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
65 Tips and reviews
  • beignets
  • soft serve
  • french fries
  • milkshakes
  • nyc institution
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  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanSeptember 5
    grab that vanilla soft serve from the walk up window
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 27
    Pistachio soft serve (or is it yogurt?) I don't know, but it's yummy.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HusseyAugust 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Tux soft serve
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.August 11
    Been here 100+ times
    Ray's Annual Birthday Burlesque Extravaganza is The Best Fucking Tradition In New York City™.
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.August 11
    Been here 100+ times
    People often ask "What's so special about Ray's?" I say "Go there and you'll know." Old school hang serving up the city's BEST fries, shakes, ice cream and more at Reagan-era prices. Ray's a SAINT. GO
  • Michael H.
    Get the Fried Oreos right now.
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 1
    No matter the hour, East Village hole-in-the-wall Ray's has you covered. If soft serve (pistachio is a must) isn't enough, you can always tack on an order of beignets or fried oreos. Cash only. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Gaby G.
    A true classic. The soft serve froyo is legit. #cashonly
  • Alex N.
    cheese fries are EVERYTHING. for $6, you'll leave feeling gross about your life decisions but it's worth it.
  • Willem V.
    Best soft serve in the area.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Jaime F.
    Jaime FFebruary 20
    Been here 10+ times
    Beignets are great
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Matt E.
    Matt EdwardsJanuary 5
    The shakes are delicious. Ignore the decor and enjoy.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangJanuary 5
    The milkshake was so delicious I forgot it was 15 degrees outside
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatDecember 3, 2015
    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!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyOctober 19, 2015
    Yes, Ray is a legend. He lives up to his reputation.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FerragutSeptember 27, 2015
    This tiny shop has the BEST beignets I've had in NYC!!!!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 3, 2015
    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
  • Breeze S.
    Breeze SkrrtJuly 23, 2015
    Beignets. Beignets. Beignets.
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 9, 2015
    A classic for a reason. Get the pistachio soft serve and go for a walk in the park
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJuly 2, 2015
    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.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanJuly 2, 2015
    I ordered a 1/2 dozen beignets and they gave me 11. That's awesome.
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 22, 2015
    The French fries with honey mustard sauce are all you need. Ever.
  • Sydney C.
    Sydney CJune 12, 2015
    Best egg creams in the city
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DeGeorgeMay 5, 2015
    This place smells like the East Village: grease, sugar & nostalgia. Completely charming. Delicious soft serve.
  • Angela Z.
    Angela ZhangApril 26, 2015
    Ray's friendly personality + his tendency to give you more food than you paid for = everything
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    ice cream $3-4!
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 13, 2015
    Pistachio Soft Serve: $4.00
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WangNovember 13, 2014
    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!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾November 4, 2014
    When you need drunk fries at 3 AM (and you know you do) this is the place.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 16, 2014
    soft serve is $4 n its huge!! try beignets, so yum!
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BasuOctober 15, 2014
    Get the pistachio cone!
  • Eileen N.
    Eileen NortonSeptember 29, 2014
    Good old fashioned soft serve - the best in NYC
  • Carol 'Red E.
    Carol 'Red Ed' BraddockSeptember 28, 2014
    His ex-son, Red Ed!
  • esther
    estherSeptember 7, 2014
    The service is almost as good as the beignets
  • Greg N.
    Greg NAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their chocolate malts could easily be renamed liquid cocaine. Go there. Get one.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 7, 2014
  • Cory M.
    Cory McGrathJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonJune 14, 2014
    An East Village institution! Great for a late night snack. I personally love the fries! 🍟 Plus, tons of sauces to choose from! #nyceats
  • JP
    JPApril 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best egg creams in the city. My goto is a medium vanilla one.
  • Paige A.
    Paige AnneApril 6, 2014
    Pistachio frozen yogurt!
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynFebruary 23, 2014
    I don't get the hype. Super fatty ice soft serve. Nothing special. Must be the nostalgia.
  • Masayuki Y.
    Masayuki YoshikawaJanuary 11, 2014
    Try the Beignets
  • Robert I.
    Robert IngaOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good cheap food.
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Julia R.
    Julia RosenblattMarch 30, 2013
    Best kept secret in the area!
  • Jenn
    JennFebruary 1, 2013
    Egg cream, beignets & fries are my favorites at Ray's!
  • Trixie
    TrixieDecember 28, 2012
    Best Egg Cream in the city!
  • Laurie
    LaurieNovember 22, 2012
    Ray is the sweetest man ever. Also, try the chocolate shake and beignets!
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooSeptember 16, 2012
    Pistachio soft serve.$3!!
  • Dane B.
    Dane BApril 3, 2012
    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!
  • Mark W.
    Mark W.March 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Every morning at 3:04, Ray sings the National Anthem.
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