Eddie’s Sweet Shop

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

Banana Royale

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?

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  1. I have not ventured to Queens yet but now NEED to go ASAP!!! An ice cream fanatic, I definitely need to try this!
    Have you been to Ample Hill in Prospect Heights yet? My go to ice cream place! Their flavors are off the charts!

  2. F’ing yeah! The Feisty Foodie introduced me to this place and it was AWESOME!

  3. I absolutely love that you went here (and it’s quite close to where I live [by car]) and loved it too!!! I’m sad you’re telling everybody now because it’s already crowded on a Saturday night… BTW, if you want to continue the trip back in time, cross the street to the movie theater that hasn’t been updated in forever and also plays movies about 3 weeks to a month after they’ve left major theaters (for $6-9). That’s a total trip back in time…


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