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Ray's Candy Store

Ray's Candy Store

Dessert Shop, Ice Cream Shop, and Snack Place$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing
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    Vanessa F.
    "This tiny shop has the BEST beignets I've had in NYC!!!!"(26 Tips)
    Michael H.
    "Get the Fried Oreos right now."(5 Tips)
    Luke
    "Get the pistachio soft serve and go for a walk in the park"(17 Tips)
    Kat B.
    "I love rays, it's a nyc institution!"(2 Tips)
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  • Bryant B.heart icon on user image
    Bryant BalatbatDecember 3, 2015
    The beignets are best shared with friends! You get a mound of about 20 or so for $6! Make sure to get some ice cream to pair it with cause they're served hot!
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 1, 2016
    No matter the hour, East Village hole-in-the-wall Ray's has you covered. If soft serve (pistachio is a must) isn't enough, you can always tack on an order of beignets or fried oreos. Cash only. Read more
  • M. R.heart icon on user image
    M. R.August 11, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    When people ask "What's so special about Ray's?" I say "Go there and you'll know." Old school hang serving up the city's BEST fries, shakes, ice cream and more at Reagan-era prices. Ray's a SAINT. GO
  • Nicholas P.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas PoonJune 11, 2017
    Fried Oreos at 4 in the morning... it doesn't get any better than that
  • Dane B.
    Dane BApril 3, 2012
    If you happen to be heading home and can somehow manage to hold off eating your beignets, I implore you to spread them with some Speculoos cookie butter (now available at Trader Joe's). Divine!
  • ZZubinheart icon on user image
    ZZubinAugust 3, 2015
    You could wait 30 minutes for soft serve at Big Gay around the corner, or you could come here and get a dipped cone for half the price and pay homage to a true neighborhood landmark
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonJune 14, 2014
    An East Village institution! Great for a late night snack. I personally love the fries! 🍟 Plus, tons of sauces to choose from! #nyceats
  • Alex N.heart icon on user image
    Alex NguyenJune 16, 2016
    cheese fries are EVERYTHING. for $6, you'll leave feeling gross about your life decisions but it's worth it.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanJuly 2, 2015
    Get the soft serve and beignets and eat them in Tompkins square Park. There's way more than half a dozen when you order 6.
  • Cory M.heart icon on user image
    Cory McGrathJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A NYC institution. Egg Creams are the best in the city and Ray is awesome. I could stay and talk to him all night. Great guy
  • Tom W.heart icon on user image
    Tom WangJanuary 5, 2016
    The milkshake was so delicious I forgot it was 15 degrees outside
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WangNovember 13, 2014
    Finally a place that satisfies my craving for beignets. Usually I end up getting a few more than I asked for - they're really generous!
  • Willem V.heart icon on user image
    Willem Van LanckerMay 25, 2016
    Best soft serve in the area.
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 9, 2015
    A classic for a reason. Get the pistachio soft serve and go for a walk in the park
  • Angela Z.heart icon on user image
    Angela ZhangApril 26, 2015
    Ray's friendly personality + his tendency to give you more food than you paid for = everything
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HunterAugust 17
    Ray is an absolute legend. Beignets and/or (yes, and!) soft serve are my go-to!
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LOctober 16, 2014
    soft serve is $4 n its huge!! try beignets, so yum!
  • Vanessa F.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa FerragutSeptember 27, 2015
    This tiny shop has the BEST beignets I've had in NYC!!!!
  • Laurenheart icon on user image
    LaurenMay 5, 2015
    This place smells like the East Village: grease, sugar & nostalgia. Completely charming. Delicious soft serve.
  • Matt E.heart icon on user image
    Matt EdwardsJanuary 5, 2016
    The shakes are delicious. Ignore the decor and enjoy.
  • Greg N.
    Greg NAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their chocolate malts could easily be renamed liquid cocaine. Go there. Get one.
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 22, 2015
    The French fries with honey mustard sauce are all you need. Ever.
  • Sofia B.heart icon on user image
    Sofia BurtonAugust 2, 2017
    Absolutely timeless place. Get an egg cream
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonAugust 27, 2016
    Pistachio soft serve (or is it yogurt?) I don't know, but it's yummy.
  • Bienvenido C.heart icon on user image
    Bienvenido CruzFebruary 8, 2017
    Fries and beignets and ice cream!
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HauptmanAugust 6, 2016
    Get the Fried Oreos right now.
  • Laurie
    LaurieNovember 22, 2012
    Ray is the sweetest man ever. Also, try the chocolate shake and beignets!
  • Sara .heart icon on user image
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾November 4, 2014
    When you need drunk fries at 3 AM (and you know you do) this is the place.
  • H. Alan S.
    H. Alan ScottJune 30, 2010
    Seriously, the best Frozen Yogurt out there. It's a science project, total hole in the wall, but amazing!
  • Ryan E.heart icon on user image
    Ryan EickFebruary 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    A true institution
  • JPheart icon on user image
    JPApril 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best egg creams in the city. My goto is a medium vanilla one.
  • Gaby G.heart icon on user image
    Gaby GingolaJune 23, 2016
    A true classic. The soft serve froyo is legit. #cashonly
  • andres b.
    andres barretoNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the beignets at your own risk, they are so good you'll be hopelessly hooked
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanJuly 2, 2015
    I ordered a 1/2 dozen beignets and they gave me 11. That's awesome.
  • Jenn
    JennFebruary 1, 2013
    Egg cream, beignets & fries are my favorites at Ray's!
  • Jaime F.heart icon on user image
    Jaime FFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Beignets are great
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyOctober 19, 2015
    Yes, Ray is a legend. He lives up to his reputation.
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan ViperSeptember 14, 2011
    whenever i'm in the e. village & want ice cream, i just pop into this spot for frozen pistachio yogurt.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhDecember 8, 2019
    Get the beignets!
  • Breeze S.heart icon on user image
    Breeze SkrrtJuly 23, 2015
    Beignets. Beignets. Beignets.
  • esther
    estherSeptember 7, 2014
    The service is almost as good as the beignets
  • Eileen N.
    Eileen NortonSeptember 29, 2014
    Good old fashioned soft serve - the best in NYC
  • Asha C.
    Asha C.July 31, 2011
    Yes the beignets.Yes, the beignets
  • Carol 'Red E.heart icon on user image
    Carol 'Red Ed' BraddockSeptember 28, 2014
    His ex-son, Red Ed!
  • Tim B.heart icon on user image
    Tim BolbrockNovember 15, 2018
    Eat the chicken fingers and fries combo
  • Saarim Z.heart icon on user image
    Saarim ZamanSeptember 5, 2016
    grab that vanilla soft serve from the walk up window
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterJanuary 22, 2011
    Beignets made to order 24x7 in old-NY scene of cheerful disorder. Laissez les bon temps rouler.
  • Ray's Candy Store
    Ray's Candy StoreMarch 17, 2011
    Be sure to try our new beignets! A taste of New Orleans in the East Village!
  • Sydney C.heart icon on user image
    Sydney CJune 12, 2015
    Best egg creams in the city
  • M. R.heart icon on user image
    M. R.August 11, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Ray's Annual Birthday Burlesque Extravaganza is The Best Fucking Tradition In New York City™.
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