Ralph's Famous Italian Ices Prepares to Open in Manhattan

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Rebecca Marx

At some point this spring, Ralph's Famous Italian Ices will be opening its first Manhattan location on East 24th Street and Lexington Avenue. The company, which was founded in 1928, has numerous locations throughout Long Island and Staten Island, and one in Queens. This one will be right across the street from Baruch College, which implies that the company is pretty savvy about understanding its target demographic. The closest Ralph's had previously come to Manhattan was a location in Williamsburg. That location's closure last year was met by near-homicidal protestations from some Yelpers who attributed its demise to the arrival of an Uncle Louie G's. "I will see you in hell, Uncle Louie G," wrote one. "And I will stab you in the face with whatever sharp implements are readily accessible in hell." When it comes to flavored ice, it seems that passions run hot.


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Blecherj
Blecherj

OMG! This is the BEST news ever. I LOVE this stuff. My favorite is Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. And, the Spumoni. FIERCE! I'm gonna stand in line starting now. 24th and Lex!!

citychick
citychick

WOW!!! Best news I've heard all year! Hope its opening soon! Spread the word if you live in the neighborhood - it'll be your new addiction...

Malbird
Malbird

This stuff is addictive!!! YOu have to try this when it opens!!!!

alofters
alofters

Ralph's is a tradition for my family. My dad would treat us to ices all the time when I was growing up, even in the winter! I live in Long Island, so I'm used to seeing Ralph's everywhere, but I've been waiting for one to open in the city and I'm a student at Baruch so you can imagine how thrilled I am that it will be across the street!

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