Ray's Candy Store

Restaurants, Snack bars East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(21user reviews)
Photograph: Courtesy Ray's Candy Store
Photograph: Courtesy Ray's Candy Store

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Ray's Candy Store says
An East Village NYC Institution Since 1974! Serving up New York City's BEST fries, shakes, ice cream, hot dogs, egg creams, frozen yogurt, and more! Everything Made With Loveā„¢!
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Venue name: Ray's Candy Store
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Address: 113 Avenue A
New York, NY
10009
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5 / 5

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Vanilla egg creams. The BEST! Period. End of sentence.

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This place fueled my childhood and many a drunken teenage night. I even worked there for a summer doing delivery during the Save Rays campaign. This place will always be #1

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RAY'S IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST DESERVING LOCAL EAST VILLAGE FOOD INSTITUTION! This man works 14 hour days if not longer sometimes. Ray is a local legend and deserves recognition at this stage in his life. VOTE FOR RAY!!

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I treasure this friendly stalwart of the neighborhood & live for the zeppoles & peanut butter soft serve!

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A last bastion of the best of the mom & pop vibe that used to be the east village

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An East Village institution since 1974. Egg Cream is the ultimate.

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Ray's is a neighborhood institution! In a city that is getting increasingly homogenized, Ray's Candy Store remains a reflection of everything we East Villagers love about our section of the City. From the moment you spot the iconic sign, you know this is the real deal -- counter people who know the regulars, signs neatly printed by hand many years before you came to New York, and a pistachio ice cream so bright in color it can probably light your way home after a long night. Best of all, there's Ray -- the best the EV has to offer.

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one of the last gritty old school holdouts in the east village. service w a warm heart and a huge smile.

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Before there was ANYTHING,there was Ray's. I don't expect you interlopers to get it. Hopefully,he'll still be here when you've moved on.

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A must do in the East Village. You've got to try their ice cream, a milk shake, and fries. Hope Ray sticks around for generations to come!

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Ray's Candy Store is an institution in the Lower East Side. Best beignets in the city, best deal for fried oreos, and to top it all off the place never closes! God bless Ray's!

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Ray is love incarnate and everything he makes is heaven. For 34 years his egg creams (best on the planet) have made my life better.

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Classic East Village! Best soft serve ice cream, fried Oreos, hot dogs, you name it. All served in a tiny little shop or through the window, and with a smile from the one and only Ray himself! I love this place.

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Since forever ive been stopping by rays for an egg cream. I asked ray once if he was closing for the big storm and he replied " the door doesn"t have a lock". He or his wonderful crew are there when i need a fix of what was and hope will be there forever

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Belgian fries, tuxedo twist soft serve ice cream are big favorites of mine! Refreshing drinks like lime Ricky's & Ray's egg creams are the best. Sweet service & a smile. And if he's not too busy Ray shares a little story / memory .

What a treat! He's family!

Ray is a treasure!

Everything is made with love!

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There is no other place in NYC like Ray's - delicious drunken food, best fries ever and this man changed my life with the introduction of the Black & White Milkshake. You will never see a friendlier face or a person who loves his job more than Ray does. Ray Loves New York!!


The ice cream and fried oreos are amazing and Ray gives more then enough especially for the low price. If you have a sweettooth you don't go see willy wonka you go see Ray!!!


Ray's Candy Store is not only a great place to get a coffee, ice cream, hot dog or egg cream but it is an important part of what makes the East Village a unique place....a small store owned by someone who truly cares about his customers and the community!


People often ask "What's so special about Ray's Candy Store?"

I say "Go there and you'll know."

Take a trip back in time to this old school East Village hang serving up the city's best fries, shakes, frozen yogurt and other delights at Reagan-era prices.

Octogenarian Ray is an absolute saint. He's been working the night shift at this 24-hour-a-day haunt that bears his name since before most of us were born. Whether he's making you the biggest heap of golden fries you've ever seen or telling a story about the 'hood back in the day, you'll never leave Ray's unsatisfied.

Go.

Now.