Last week, for my birthday, my girlfriend and I went to Jahn’s, a restaurant & ice cream parlor located in Jackson Heights, Queens.
The original Jahn’s opened up way back in 1897. By the mid-20th Century, Jahn’s had locations all over New York City, as well as Long Island, New Jersey, and Florida. Unfortunately, within recent years, only two Jahn’s ice cream parlors remained, the Jackson Heights one, and a location in Richmond Hill. And in 2007, the Richmond Hill Jahn’s closed. All of the old fashioned period décor was bought up by a collector in the Midwest.
So the last remaining Jahn’s is the one in Jackson Heights. There was a fire at that location a few decades back, so regrettably the look of the place is more 1970s than turn-of-the-century. Putting aside the minor issue of appearance, Jahn’s is a fabulous place to visit. The food is, I will admit, your typical diner fare, i.e. good but nothing especially outstanding. No, really, the reason to visit Jahn’s is the ice cream. They have a huge menu of delicious sundaes. And the serving sizes for the ice cream are huge.
My girlfriend, who grew up in Queens, introduced me to Jahn’s a couple of years ago. We’ve been there a few times. Usually we go for a light lunch or dinner, followed by ice cream sundaes. This time around, I got a pizza burger, and my girlfriend had a quiche. Then it was time to dig in to the ice cream. Afterwards, we were stuffed. It was a nice way to spend my birthday, having sundaes with my girlfriend.
I didn’t bring my camera along with me, but below are a few photos from a prior visit. My girlfriend took a few pics with her cell phone camera, so I’ll probably post those later on Facebook.
Jahn’s is located at 81-04 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights NY 11372. It is well worth a visit, especially on hot summer days like these. The ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to beat the heat.