Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.


The eponymous treat on a hot summer's day. [Photograph: James Boo]

The Lemon Ice King of Corona, an Italian ice stand opened by Peter and Nick Benfaremo in 1944, continues to serve ices of all flavors, to all kinds of customers, at all hours of the day—for a fistful of change and with uncompromising standards for texture. In the Queens neighborhood of Corona Heights, the first warm day of the year is synonymous with an ice from The Lemon Ice King. In this episode of 1 Minute Meal, co-owner and store manager Vincent Barbaccia recounts the feeling of that day, and why this ice stand has only become more precious to New York since over the past 69 years.

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A Day in the Life of The Baoery, a Pop-Up Restaurant »
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David's Brisket House, the Jewish Deli Run by Muslims in Brooklyn »

About the author: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a freelance journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.

Lemon Ice King of Corona

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Lemon Ice King of Corona

  • Corona

5202 108th St at Corona Ave Corona NY 11368 718-699-5133

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