Where can I get a Reese's Pieces sundae in Brooklyn?
The unseasonably warm weather and the news of Friendly's bankruptcy have me craving their Reese's Pieces sundae, one of the favorite treats of my childhood. (Vanilla ice cream, peanut butter sauce, hot fudge sauce, Reese's pieces, whipped cream and a cherry.) So far my options around where I live (in Park Slope) seem to be pretty limited/corporate - I think my best bet for that particular mix of toppings is probably going to be Cheeburger Cheeburger, though maybe Uncle Louie's would work as well. Am I missing something? You would think there would be a bunch of places catering to the semi-fancy ice cream sundae crowd around here - why doesn't someone open a proper small batch ice cream store/small chain (like Boston's J.P. Lick's)?
222 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
You know, that article about the impending bankruptcy of Friendly's brought mist to my eyes, too. I grew up in Boston and actually worked at a Friendly's for 3 years during high school and college years. Many thousand a sundae have I scooped (and have the tendon damage to prove it!).
That was the late 70s early 80s and the Reese's pieces Sundae was a mid- 80s "innovation" in Sundae technology at Friendly's. Nonetheless, I became hooked on them myself and I was quite disappointed when I first moved to NYC 20 years ago that Friendly's accessability in Gotham is not great for those of us without a car. I once had such a craving for one, I took the LIRR all the way to Sayville where there is a Friendly's near the train station. I'm not proud of it, but sometimes you just gotta. (Yes, with the train fare that was a $40 Reeses Pieces Sundae),
I have not found a close substitute in the city. Basking Robbins has a similar sounding Sundae, but most of the servers in NYC come from countries benighted in the art of Sundae building. I don't know about Brookly, but the Basking Robbins folks at 30th Ave and Steinway Street do an OK job considering, but most BR people in the city just can't make a decent sundae.
Have you ever been to Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills, Queens? It is an authentic 100 year old ice cream parlor that makes fantastic sundaes. You can sit at the counter and pretend it's 1930. Best ice cream experience in the city, in my opinion. You can take the B54 bus from Williamsburg, and it will drop you off at Eddie's at 105th and Metropolitan Ave.
Eddie's Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
30-08 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103
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Glad to hear from another fan! I grew up in South Jersey and there were quite a few Friendly's down there - and actually, I did have a habit for a bit of picking up the sundaes in a cup, which I agree were not quite the same but still tasty.
I'll put Eddie's on my road-trip list - I love those kinds of places! If you're ever in Philly, sounds like you'd like The Franklin Fountain - very fun place and right in Center City: http://www.franklinfountain.com/
In the short term, though, the Cold Stone suggestion is probably my best bet - still a corporate chain, but so was Friendly's :)