Now that I live on the Metropolitan side of Forest Hills, I see how under-appreciated the Avenue is. It's not on the subway line and doesn't have the population density of Austin St or Yellowstone Blvd so many people never actually get over here.
But there are one or two places that people make the trip for, and one is Eddie's Sweet Shop.
What is Eddie's?
Eddie's Sweet Shop is probably the most famous ice cream shop in Queens. (Lemon Ice King of Corona doesn't count - it serves ices.) The shop has been in business 100 years and is constantly referred to in reviews as "old-fashioned." In fact, poor Eddie's probably doesn't dare to update the decor. To lose the dingy wallpaper and broken tiles would be to rob the place of its charm.
Don't feel too bad for them, though; they have thousands of loyal fans and those people don't show up for the fixtures. They're there for the homemade ice cream. And, of course, the homemade whipped cream.
What makes it special?
To read the reviews around the Web, you would think the old-fashioned decor is the main attraction. It certainly is for movie producers. But the real draw is the atmosphere of a true neighborhood store, complete with rich ice cream. While not every flavor is a win (I keep promising myself not to try peach again), most are creamy and delicious. Coffee is a clear favorite - there's even coffee chip - and it is definitely a go-to flavor. Their sundaes are large and dripping with toppings, which makes for a good excuse to eat hot fudge right from your fingers, if you need such an excuse. Your kids won't need one.
Is it worth the trip to Metropolitan Ave?
Yes. Take the family, order sundaes, and enjoy the gratitude. In fact, I recommend coming now while it's cold. In summer, everyone wants to walk down the street with ice cream dripping down their arm. But then you miss the flavor and the charm. Now is the perfect time to cozy up in a booth and enjoy every spoonful.
105-29 Metropolitan Ave
Tues - Fri: 1:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Sat - Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.