NJ Dining: Clydes


Kev’s Clyde’s Italian Ices
Maywood Avenue, Maywood NJ

Clyde’s Ices & Ice Cream Co
48 Gaston Ave, Garfield, NJ
(973) 546-2760

Clyde’s Italian Ice & Ice Cream
246 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Hts, NJ
(201) 393-0072

Ice Cream/Custard/Gelato/Frozen Yogurt doesn’t always do it for me on hot summer evenings. Nor does Sorbet. If you’ve grown up in the Mid-Atlantic states, that being Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, you probably also know there is a third category of frozen dessert, Italian Ice, or Italian Water Ice, to be specific.

Italian Ices that are made on premises or in artisinal fashion has become something of an endangered species in recent years. There are three regional chains, Ralph’s, Rita’s and Uncle Louie G’s, the last two of which have effectively scaled down their Northern New Jersey operations (although Rita’s is very prevalent in central and South Jersey) so the good stuff is now very hard to find. Unless you want to settle with Marinos that you can find in the supermarket or know of a local pizza place that has a few flavors that they buy from a commercial source which they can scoop, you are effectively out of luck.

Clyde’s in Maywood (and also in Garfield and Hasbrouck Heights) is one of the last independently operated Italian Ice places that makes its own stuff.

Storefront in Maywood

Italian Ices Menu. Clyde’s also makes its own Ice Cream as well.

Lemon Italian Ice

Watermelon Italian Ice

Mango Italian Ice (With Blueberry underneath)

6 Responses to NJ Dining: Clydes

  1. Bux says:

    I’m pleased to see your wikipedia link basically defines Italian Ice as a smooth granita. Not all their definitions are as accurate. Good artisanal ices are a treat, especially when made from natural ingredients. That blueberry looks highly suspect to me. I will admit to being a sucker for “coco” ices sold on street corners in NYC, though not particularly on street corners in upscale neighborhoods. I strongly suspect little or none of it is “artisanal” or made directly from unprocessed coconuts. For home consumption, ready from the freezer, dairyless coconut sorbetto from Ciao Bella hits the spot. It’s basically coconut, sugar and water with some gum added to help the texture. Without the gum, you’d likely suffer great texture loss as the stuff melted on the way home from the supermarket. It’s an additive, but tateless, high in fiber and actually probably good for you and your digestive tract.

  2. AC says:

    Did you actually try the Italian Ice? A yellow-ish lemon usually means junk… 9 out of 10 times they are using some junky artificial flavor. The brighter it is the lower the quality and that is BRIGHT!

    Love the scoop shape

  3. Gloria says:

    I remember Clyde’s well, I grew up right down the street, as a kid I had a choice of where I would go for ice cream, if I went down the corner to Charlie’s Convience Store, then I got a manufacture ice-cream. But if I was good and got my allowance then of course I went to Clyde’s there was a nice lady that used to work there. You could order any type of ice desert or ice-cream. Thanks for the memories, good luck Clyde where ever you are.

  4. toni iodaci says:

    MY FAMILY AND I HAVE GONE FOR CLYDES LEMON ICE FOR MANY MANY YEARS, THERE IS NO ONE THAT I HAVE TASTED EVEN COMES CLOSE TO THE FABULOUS TASTE OF CLYDES LEMON ICES. TED WAS ALWAYS THERE WHEN I NEEDED TO GET LEMON ICE. HE HAS THE MOST WONDERFUL AND CARING ATITUDE FROM MORNING TO CLOSING THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN A PERSON. NEVER A MEAN WORD OUT OF THIS GUY. CLYDES LEMON ICE IS EXCELLLENT TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE ON CHEMO OR ANY METALLIC TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH. IT MAKES YOU FEEL 100 TIMES BETTER. EVERYONE LOVES CLYDES HOMEMADE LEMON ICE. GO TRY IT AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN, HE HAS A LOAD OF DIFFERENT FLAVORS. THIS HAS BEEN A FAMILY DELI FOR YEARS.L KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK TIM.

  5. deborah perry says:

    Greetings from California,
    I use to go to Clydes when I was growing up and my family and I talk about it till this day. It is the best!!!! It makes me want to move back to New Jersey!!!! Living in California there is nothing that comes close to Clydes!!!

  6. susie says:

    Hi. I recently moved to Hackensack. I kept driving to Paterson for ice cream and Totowa for gelato. After reading OTB, I stopped by Clyde’s yesterday.

    Good ice cream. But attention to detail is lacking. My two pints were put into a small paper bag which ripped in the car, and it would be a nice touch if the containers were labeled so you don’t have to guess.

    For $6 a pint, that’s not too much to ask, is it?

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