2015-07-29 / Features

Eddie's Sweet Shop

BY KRISTINE GUILLAUME

Opened in 1909 and retaining most of the original decor, Eddie’s Sweet Shop on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 72nd Road in Forest Hills offers a wide assortment of homemade ice cream in a retro setting.Photos Kristine GuillaumeOpened in 1909 and retaining most of the original decor, Eddie’s Sweet Shop on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 72nd Road in Forest Hills offers a wide assortment of homemade ice cream in a retro setting.Photos Kristine GuillaumeThere is something so undeniably timeless about Eddie’s Sweet Shop that makes it much more than an ice cream parlor to cool off from the summer heat. Located at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and 72nd Road in Forest Hills, Eddie’s offers a wide assortment of homemade ice cream in a retro setting, establishing it as a sweet tooth hotspot all across Queens and New York in general.


Serving about 20 flavors of homemade ice cream, Eddie’s has everything from ice cream staples, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, to others such as banana, raspberry, rum raisin, tutti frutti, and pineapple pistachio. Not in the mood for ice cream? Order one of their homemade frozen yogurt selections, in chocolate or vanilla.


Eddie’s menu allows for its many customers to be as simple or elaborate with their dessert as they please. Savor a traditional, old-time classic ice cream sundae with a choice of syrup and/or toppings, which are also made on-site. An Eddie’s vanilla Ice Cream Sundae drizzled with hot fudge topping, coupled with whipped cream (more about that later) and a cherry is certainly not to be missed. Other topping options include marshmallow, butterscotch, and fruit salad. Eddie’s also offers mouthwatering floats, malts, milkshakes, egg creams, and ice cream sodas. For a heavenly treat, try an Orange Freeze, a rich drink made with three scoops of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet. Sundaes, drinks, and banana splits are served in old-fashioned, metal ice cream dishes guaranteed to take you on a scrumptious trip back in time.


Back to the whipped cream, it is one of the best anywhere. It has a homemade taste and is as smooth tasting as anything you have ever had. We noticed that many people order extra, extra whipped cream and use the ice cream as an excuse to consume massive quantities of this delectable treat.


It’s not only the platters that make time travel a reality at Eddie’s. The shop’s ageless old-time decor has not undergone any major changes since its inception in 1909. With its marble countertop, black and white tiled floors, dark wooden walls, and an antique, yet still in use, cash register, Eddie’s achieves the perfect combination of nostalgia and sweetness, optimal for a break on a hot summer’s day.


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