You scream, I scream, we scream for ice cream! Or so this old childhood saying goes. No truer words have been spoken though since almost everyone loves ice cream. This old school ice cream parlor located in Forest Hills, Queens is a testament to that. The place was packed when we were there on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Lady luck must’ve been smiling on us, because we were seated immediately upon entering. People started filtering in shortly after, and by the time we left, there was a line out the door.
The shop itself is truly old school. Walking in seemed like taking a step back in time. The place was dimly lit, with an old fashioned counter, incandescent lights, a tin ceiling and period decor. Even their cash register and refrigerator are antiquated, looking like they should be in the Smithsonian or other museum. From my understanding, this place is a century old and has not changed since it opened. I suppose this is part of the allure of this place. A refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life, which takes you back to a time when life was a little slower. The only thing missing were the servers in period costumes.
Their menu is pretty basic with 18 flavors of hand made ice cream, 2 frozen yogurt options (vanilla and chocolate), 9 toppings, limited Sundae offerings (based on the permutations of flavors and toppings), and various drink options – shakes, malteds, sodas, etc.. What brings people to this place is the ice cream, which is hand made, as is some of their toppings.
Since we were here for dessert after a filling brunch, we decided on ordering some basic sundaes. Phil had a one scoop sundae with hot fudge topping, Pilar had a Root Beer soda float, and I had a two scoop sundae with pineapple topping.
As you can see from the images above, our orders came in old fashioned containers that hark back from the 30’s, and were overflowing and dripping onto the stainless steel saucers – just the way sundaes should be served! We couldn’t wait to dive in! The ice cream is creamy, rich and not overly sweet so you can taste the flavor and is served firm, not frozen. Their whipped cream is so thick and creamy that you can actually hold it upside down on your spoon. Their hot fudge is gooey, and thick in flavor. Their root beer soda float – refreshing. The perfect antidote for a hot summer day!
So, if you have nothing to do one weekend, this would be a place to trek to.