It’s very unusual to be able to time travel.
That might sound like something a crazy person says, but really, it is.
Luckily, I know the secret.
The secret is in Forest Hills, Queens, where you can travel back in time to the early 1900′s.
It happens the minute you pass through the doors of Eddie’s Sweet Shop. This old-fashioned ice cream parlor has barely changed in its over 100 years in the same spot on Metropolitan Avenue. From the outside, it looks almost fake, but on the inside, it transports you.
Tin ceilings, a soda fountain, and a counter with penny candies greets you. The wooden tables and scalloped wrought iron chairs fit right in with the turn of the century feel to the place. The only thing truly out of place is the blasting pop music – I would really love to hear some Scott Joplin playing, but then, I just love a theme.
And, I’m secretly 74
Bananas, coffee chip ice cream, maple walnut ice cream, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, walnuts, sprinkles
Everything is homemade here. The soft, fragrant vanilla, sweet maple walnut, and rich coffee chip ice creams. The hot fudge sauce, thick and warm, that cooled instantly as it touched the frozen cream, becoming a semi solid mass of sweet fudge. The whipped cream (hand whipped, so I am told), that is piled in massive drifts upon the ice cream, unsweetened so the taste is clean, and of pure cream. The walnuts, sliced bananas, and sprinkles might not be homemade, but they do complete the fanciful ice cream creation, adding texture and nostalgia. The ice cream sundae comes in an old fashioned metal boat on a tiny tray, perfect for catching falling hot fudge and dripping coffee chip ice cream so you can scoop up the melted confection without having to waste a bite.
This is one of the most wonderful desserts I have had in NYC. Even if you are a visitor to the city, it is worth the trip. It isn’t just the fantastic taste, it is the feeling that you are going back in time.
After all, how awesome is it that you now know how to time travel?