4. Eddie’s Sweet Shop Is The Oldest Ice Cream Parlor In New York City

The Secrets of Forest Hills
Eddie’s Sweet Shop

Established in 1925, Eddie’s Sweet Shop is a staple in the Forest Hills community, serving delicious ice cream for all to enjoy. Following the closure of the original Jahn franchise locations, Eddie’s Sweet Shop became the unofficial oldest ice cream parlor in the city. Walking inside the shop, customers are greeted by a blast from the past. The shop’s wooden and marble interior has not been changed since it first opened, giving it an old-fashioned vibe that serves as a nice break from the more modern dessert places across the city. Even its refrigerator is more than 80 years old. 

Currently, Eddie’s Sweet Shop is owned by the Citrano family, who purchased the store in 1968. It has a small but still delicious menu, with 18 flavors of ice cream all made from scratch. Similarly, the shop’s topping selection is simple but flavorful, with its whipped cream also being homemade. Some of the shop’s ice cream flavors include classics such as rum raisin and butter pecan or more innovative combinations like pistachio pineapple. This ice cream is used in a number of old-time desserts, such as banana splits, floats, shakes, sundaes, egg creams, and sodas.

The shop is located at 105-29 Metropolitan Ave at 72nd Road. It is cash only and opens on weekdays besides Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and weekends from 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.