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Purity Ice Cream Co

700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3255
+1 607-272-1545
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“ice cream” (311 reviews)
“sundae” (36 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3255
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Reviewed 1 week ago

According to the Ithaca Historical Society, Purity Ice Cream Company is the direct descendant of the ice cream shop that first used the term "sundae" in a printed (newspaper) add. Though the actual item, the sundae, must have predated this use, this is nonetheless the...More

Thank Timothy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is good but the ice cream is outta this world. Many flavors to choose from. It's a hoppin' summertime must.

Thank patamato60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very popular and social place, good ice cream, gets very busy at times, this is the place to be to beat the heat.

Thank Ed Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for years. I ordered the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It was packed with chocolate pieces but lacking the cookie dough pieces. Another member of my group had a similar experience. The ice cream was good; it always is. However,...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many ice cream flavors to choose from. Other options if you don't want ice cream . Large portions. Reasonably priced.

Thank LorettaB1971
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Loretta, So many flavors, so little time. But keep going. I KNOW yiou can do it! Thanks for the kind review. Come again soon. Bruce

Reviewed 5 February 2018

Purity is a wonderful surprise for lunch. They offer vegan selections and everything was delicious. It is also wheelchair accessible with wide aisles, helpful staff who are willing to accommodate to help make things easier. Plus the cupcakes are the best.

Thank Rosemary R
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Rosemary! We do not really advertize, so our lunch is sort of a hidden gem in Ithaca. Glad you had a good experience and please come again. Be sure to leave me a cupcake, tho... Bruce

Reviewed 22 January 2018

People are always happy when they're getting ice cream! It's a great spot, any time of day. The line always moves fast. The flavors are abundant. I am not an ice cream aficionado, but I'd say it's good, premium ice cream. Two years ago they...More

Thank ithacajosh
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It IS a happy business. That is our favorite part! Come again soon! Bruce

Reviewed 22 January 2018

Even the cold of winter cannot stop me from visiting Purity! Although they have a great selection of ice cream, I am a sucker for the brownie sundae with black raspberry ice cream......delicious! I always take some cupcakes home as well. The recently expanded the...More

Thank tlcoach14
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Tlcoach14, Thanks for the nice words and the visits! That flavor combo on a brownies sounds gooooood. And I too always take some cupcakes home...which can be a problem ;) Bruce

Reviewed 23 December 2017

delicious, hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream on top of creamy delicious ice cream. nuff said. The best ice cream in Ithaca.

Thank Jackson C
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Hi Jackson C, You hit the nail on the head. Nothing better than a hot fudge sundae (mine is always, strictly, with Purity Vanilla). Gotta go get one now. Thanks for the suggestion! Please visit again soon! Bruce

Reviewed 22 December 2017

Their home made ice cream has been part of Ithaca for decades now. My favorite is “finger lakes tourist,” an ironic reference, with a waffle cone. They turn up at summer concerts. And in the winter they make egg nog. Comfortable place, good location, fun...More

Thank 99ruth99
PurityIC, Owner at Purity Ice Cream Co, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Hi 99ruth99! Thanks for the kind words. Eggnog...whew. The season is just ending and my back needs a rest from delivering all those heavy crates to grocery stores around central NY. Please come again and best wishes for the New Year. Bruce

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12 November 2016|
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Response from PurityIC | Property representative |
We do have french fries as part of our weekday lunch menu! You can see our lunch menu at our website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850-3255
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-272-1545
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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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