Lemon Ice King of Corona

Before moving to New York, I had never had an Italian ice. I have since learned that this water-based frozen treat is a summer staple of the natives. Lucky for me, we have the gold standard of ice makers right down the street. The name says it all: The Lemon Ice King of Corona.

The Benfaremo family has been perfecting their product for 67 years. The ever present line of folks waiting to get a cup tells the story of their success. During heat waves, they serve several hundred patrons each day.

Currently offering more than 40 flavors, all of the fruit ices are filled with bits of real fruit. Prepare to get decisive because you can’t mix flavors. We tried the juicy pineapple (medium $2.50) and went out on a limb with peanut butter (small $1.50.) {Small is perfect for a toddler. Anyone over the age of 5 would probably want at least a medium-sized serving.} The peanut butter was out of this world! It had chunks of peanuts and peanut butter chips in a sweet and not too rich base. I cannot wait to go back for more and this time I’ll get a larger size!

Their location on the corner of 52nd Avenue and 108th Street in Corona is the sole outpost. If you stop by, be sure to check out the ongoing (and super-competitive) bocce ball series across the street at “Spaghetti Park.” While you’re in the neighborhood, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, and The Playground for All Children are just a few blocks away.


The Lemon Ice King of Corona is located at 52-02 108th Street. They are open 365 days a year, from 10am-midnight during the summer. Metered street parking is available. Public transit: Q23 bus. 718-699-5133


Katy Osborne Chiu