Perfection in Valley Stream LI: Itgen's
- Erica Marcus
Now that the weather's warming up, I headed out to Valley Stream to have an ice cream sundae at Itgen's. This has got to be one of the great eating experiences to be had on Long Island.
Pre-ice cream, I had a turkey/bacon sandwich. But what a sandwich! The turkey was in big chunks and was obviously from an actual roasted bird. A good turkey sandwich is almost impossible to find these days.
Then the ice cream. Itgens makes their own and it's very good. But it's the toppings that really stand out. Real live hot fudge that hardens when it hits the ice cream. Cream whipped in 5-quart Kitchen Aids sitting behind the counter. They make their own wet nuts!
Itgen's is at 211 Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream. If you haven't been there, you're in for a treat.
Oh my...This is my family's favorite of all favorites for four generations. I grew up in Valley Stream, but still go back to Itgens. Not only do they make their own ice cream and hot fudge, but they whip up small batches of extra heavy cream for the thickest whipped cream. The "chip" ice creams (my fav is Java CHip) uses blocks of good chocolate smashed up, so in reality, you get various sizes of chunks, often quite large and alway delish!!
And they serve good old fashioned comfort food, 1950's-60's style luncheonette food, except their menu isn't revival, it's just the way it's always been.
Check out their chocolates too, especially for the holidays, such as Easter, XMAs, etc.
And to boot the prices are more than reasonable and the portions more than generous.
Check it out. For the real chowhound who doesn't drive, you can also get there via the Long Island Railroad to the Valley Stream Station. Walk along Sunrise Highway until you get to Rockaway Blvd. (about 3-5 minutes) turn left onto Rockaway, Itgens is a few blocks down on the right hand side. Worth the trip no matter how you get there (Our standard meal there is a bacon cheeseburger deluxe and a banana royale sundae with 2 scoops of Java chip and one scoop of mint chip. and three spoons)
Itgen's in Valley Stream is a Great find. The burgers are wonderful and the home made ice cream is out of this world. My wife and I ate at Itgens a few days ago and we loved every bite. We were even served by Walt Itgen's grand daughter.