Monday, April 29, 2013

Jahn's - Classic Ice Cream Sundaes Never Go Out Of Style

Last week, Meg, Dayna, a new friend, Dalena and I met in Jackson Heights to try out Alchemy Texas BBQ, which I'll tell you about later this week.  But first thing's first - dessert!  We stopped in at Jahn's for classic ice cream sundaes after the hearty BBQ grub.  It was the perfect end to this lovely food outing, and I just can't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed it.  For those of you who love classic ice cream desserts in a nostalgic atmosphere, Jahn's is for you.

Being a staple in the neighborhood for more than 60 years now, Jahn's is more than just a family restaurant, it's an institution.  Transforming you back in time, if you appreciate the good old, you'll love the classic booth seating, ball lighting, dark wooden panel decor and just plain retro style.  There's a counter up front where you pay for your bill, just like in old fashioned diners.  

We loved it all and immediately felt at home , nestling into our booth and perusing the extensive back of the menu that's purely dedicated to ice cream.  This is exactly the reason we came.

Ice Cream:
Having to choose between the myriad of ice cream sundae choices at Jahn's wasn't easy but we clearly managed.  Besides having your classic flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, mint chip, and cookies & cream, they also have plenty of specialty sundaes that they call Tummy Ticklers.  How cute!  I also couldn't help noticing the mother of all sundaes, which is the Kitchen Sink - serving about 8-10 people and coming in at a whopping $51.95.  Yep, you read that right!

Classic Sundae - Even though the fancy stuff looked great, I opted for something simple and timeless, which was their pistachio sundae with hot fudge and whipped cream.  It was perfection in every way, as the ice cream contained chunks of actual pistachio and almond too.  The ice cream to hot fudge ratio was quite perfect and the fresh whipped cream was as light as air.  Even though some folks aren't so into maraschino cherries, I kind of like them and devoured mine in one quick bite.  As you see, the portion was quite large, but so delicious that I managed to eat it all.

Apple Pie Sundae - Dayna went for this decadent dessert, which contained big pieces of apples on top, reminding me of pie filling. Actually, I think that's exactly what it was. Another sweet success, we all took turns at trying it and really enjoyed the saucy topping and how it paired perfectly with the rich chocolate chip ice cream. 

Service and Cost:
The old fashioned service at Jahn's is part of its charm, and even though everything here is no frills, it just feels friendly and wonderful.  Our waiter was helpful and really lax about leaving us to just chat after finishing our ice cream - I felt right at home.

Costs are wallet friendly and include anywhere from $3.15 to $8.95 for ice cream.  Definitely not bank breaking!

3 Sweet Mmmms

Jahn's - 81-04 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
7 Train to 82nd Street

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