Editor's Note: July is Ice Cream Month on Serious Eats: New York! To celebrate, we're spotlighting a scoop we love every day.
Yesterday we named Eddie's Sweet Shop the home of one of our favorite sundaes in New York, but the Forest Hills icon merits a deep dive all its own.
I've been going to Eddie's since my childhood for mammoth scoops of homemade ice cream topped with dark, chewy hot fudge and clouds whipped cream so thick they rival Peter Luger's. Little's changed since the scoop shop opened forever ago—why would it?
Eddie's was doing craft everything before it was cool: the 20+ flavors of ice cream, sauces, and toppings are all made in-house, and while the ice cream itself may not top the city's best, it's dense and creamy with a good bit of chew, the kind of all-American ice cream that feels like a rare breed these days.
Bittersweet coffee chip is a standout, which is fortunate, because it goes so well with the dark, thick hot fudge sauce that slowly creeps down the sundae cup onto the saucer below. Oozing marshmallow sauce is a must, as is whipped cream, proud and thick and barely sweet. If you're going with a friend, split a sundae and frothy milkshake, which stands out as one of New York's greatest.
It's an ice cream experience that's as much about the setting as anything else: the marble-topped bar with spinning wooden stools; the dark booths in the back where teenagers sequester themselves on first dates (still!); the ancient mechanical cash register and art deco refrigerators; the penny candy booth across the honeycomb tiled floor; the long sundae spoons and wide banana split bowls. You can't buy this kind of scoop shop integrity.
But the ultimate charm of Eddie's is the local clientele, all of whom look so happy to be there, pulled out of time and the onward charge of New York living. If an ice cream parlor's job is to be a beacon of joy, Eddie's succeeds with the best of them.