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Is Jones Beach an ice-cream-free zone?
There are loads of exciting new food offerings at Jones Beach and we sampled most of it. Just across the sand from the “regular” concession area is a tent sheltering SmorgasBar, a collection of hip, happening food vendors that represent a delegation from the cult Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg. Enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, hand-cut fries, shockingly fresh nachos, artisanal sausages and more.
Here’s what's hard to come by at Jones Beach: ice cream. SmorgasBar doesn’t sell it. The old concession area doesn’t sell it — there’s not even a freezer full of Good Humor.
Now, around the corner from concessions is a little outpost of Red Mango frozen yogurt. Next to the yogurt there's one soft-serve machine dispensing vanilla ice cream, but on the day I was there it was out of order. Come on, this is the greatest public bathing beach on the East Coast, if not the planet. And at the main food-service location, there’s, at best, a trickle of vanilla soft serve at a yogurt stand?
There used to be a Friendly’s in the West Bath House, but that structure is currently under renovation. So children hungry for a chocolate ice cream cone are plumb out of luck. It’s positively un-American. Paging Gov. Cuomo.