NY1 takes a look at a mom and pop sweet shop in Forest Hills that has been serving generations of ice cream lovers, as NY1’s coverage of Queens Week continues.
From sweet scoops of homemade ice cream to mouthwatering milkshakes, Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills, Queens, has been dishing delicious delights for decades.
“I’ve been coming here for 60 years eating the same banana split,” says one loyal customer. “It’s coffee ice cream and it's butterscotch syrup and coffee syrup and whipped cream and sprinkles, and today it costs me $7. I remember that the first ones I had in here were 35 cents.”
While the prices have of course changed over the years, the dŽcor at this nearly 100-year-old family run soda fountain has not.
“When people come in for the first time and they look at it, they feel like that they are in another era because this is the way it is, and it’s original for about 90 years now,” says Eddie’s manager Connie Sitrano.
From the marble counter to the tile floors, the shop has stayed true to its roots. Also original are the stools, the wooden booths, some of the light fixtures, the tin ceiling, the phone booth, even a refrigerator. It holds Eddie’s signature hand-whipped, light as air whipped cream - a favorite on everything from sundaes to ice cream sodas.
“One of the most popular ice cream sodas is the black and white ice cream soda,” says employee Taylor Russo. “First we add chocolate syrup, and then we take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and throw it right into the glass on top of the syrup, bring it over to the soda fountain, put a spoon in, add the seltzer, mix it up a little bit, add some whipped crme, and there 's black and white ice cream soda.”
Eddie’s menu also includes malt shakes, egg cremes and about 20 flavors of ice cream. For some, one scoop can satisfy that sweet tooth. For others, four scoops does the job!
And hey, who says you need a spoon? Just put your best face forward!
At Eddie’s Sweet Shop you can throw a “make your own sundae party.” The way I like to party? Three scoops of mint chip, lots of hot fudge - just pour it on; of course, I'm not a professional here - mounds of whipped cream, some dry walnuts, and of course a cherry on top. Now this is what I call a party.
Make Your Own Sundae Party packages start at $300
As for the Zagat ratings, out of a possible 30, Eddie’s Sweet Shop scores a 26 for quality, a 22 for variety and a 23 for service. Zagat surveyors say you can expect inexpensive prices here.
- Shazia Khan