Eddie’s Sweet Shoppe:
Everyone should visit this place at least once. It’s an original 1930s (not restored) ice-cream parlor and they make their own ice-cream and toppings. The ice-cream is not especially rich, but it’s quite good. Personally, I like the ice-cream sodas and malteds the best – they really take you back in time.
Eddie’s has been the scene of many movies and commercials: it’s the ice-cream parlor seen in Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Pizza: I don’t like Dee’s at all, but Nick’s is a quite good, if pricey, brick-oven pizza. But it’s very, very thin and you have to eat it fast because it cools quickly.
Does anyone remember the name of the sweet shop in the old Bowery Boys movies? Was it Louie’s?
My friend and I went to the T-Bone once. We both had cast-iron stomachs, and both got horrible belly aches after eating there. But, that can happen anywhere I suppose…this was in the late 80s/early 90s.
Thanks for the memories. I grew up in Kew Gardens and worked in Rego Park for a long time so the Forest Hills area was an old stomping ground (anyone out there remember the T-Bone Diner on Queens Blvd?). During the college years my friends and I spent many a night eating ice cream treats at Eddie’s. Incredibly rich ice cream and absolutely the best whipped cream ever. Since it has been a little over 25 years since my last visit (I now live in OK) it is great to know that this place that seemed a throwback to a simpler time even then has endured.
For the first time in quite a while, I decided to venture out today from my homefront in Manhattan into Queens, NY, where I lived for seven years after college but to which I hadn’t ventured in about four or five years. Bear in mind that it takes only about 20 minutes to reach the Queens border from where I sit. But, that’s the way it is here; a lot of folks don’t tend to travel to the other boroughs often.
My main objective was to try some pizza I’d never had, at a place called Dee’s Brick Oven Pizza, in Forest Hills, Queens (Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Road). I’ll address that at the end of this review.
As I walked out of Dee’s, my intent was to go to a place a few subway stops away called the Georgia Diner (Grand Avenue subway stop, can’t remember the street), which made a chocolate cheesecake that was among my all-time favorite desserts. I probably haven’t had a piece for 10 years.
But, right across the street was Eddie’s Sweet Shop (Metropolitan and Ascan avenues, Forest Hills): a legitimately old-fashioned ice cream counter and sweet shop, with the requisite candy counter and uncomfortable metal stools. I figured, what the heck, how can I pass this up? So, Eddie’s it would be.
I was the only person in the place except for the two guys "working" there — that mainly consisted of talking about the movie Full Metal Jacket. They also, to my amusement, talked about a pizza place they’d just heard of called Nick’s. I had to laugh to myself, because Nick’s was just a few blocks away from where they stood and has been very popular for many years. These guys definitely aren’t roadfooders.
Anyway, I ordered a two-scoop hot fudge sundae with chocolate ice cream, without the nuts. I’m not the biggest ice cream guy, but this was great — just as I remembered from when I last had it many years ago. They served it in an old-fashioned silver ice cream dish, with the fudge dripping down the sides. The whipped cream was great, and the ice cream itself tasted very fresh. I forced myself to take my time with it. Definitely worth it.
Onto the pizza: Dee’s has been billed as having wonderful, cracker-thin crust pizza — my favorite kind. It was OK, and I’d probably eat it every so often if I lived in that neighborhood. But, the sauce was a little too sweet for my taste, and the crust, while good, wasn’t as thin as I’d like. The restaurant itself had a good feel, and smelled great. But, they’re moving to larger digs in a few weeks.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop (Queens, NY)…and pizza
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